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Pros Good traction, and an easy-to-use, comfortable bindingRigid, precise, excellent binding security, traction, flotationFully featured for steep and technical useLarge, with unique hybrid hinged deck/binding interfaceExcellent binding security, good traction, decent flotation
Cons Mediocre flotation for the length, strapped deck/binding attachmentNew binding trades ease-of-use for comfortLoud decking and bulky harnessLimited tractionBinding straps can be a little fiddly or uncomfortable with soft footwear
Bottom Line This average performer will keep most winter hikers happyOur overall champ combines simplicity and high-quality materials, features, and engineeringThis is a top-scoring model with excellent traction and comfortOne of our favorite snowshoes for deep snowWe like this snowshoe for everything but the most technical terrain
Rating Categories Atlas Montane MSR Lightning Ascent Tubbs Flex VRT Louis Garneau Blizzard II MSR Revo Trail
Flotation (25%)
5
6
5
10
6
Traction (25%)
8
10
8
5
7
Stride Ergonomics (20%)
7
8
9
4
6
Binding Comfort (10%)
8
8
8
8
6
Ease Of Use (10%)
8
4
8
8
5
Binding Security (10%)
9
10
8
8
10
Specs Atlas Montane MSR Lightning Ascent Tubbs Flex VRT Louis Garneau... MSR Revo Trail
Uses Spring snow and moderate terrain Spring snow and steep terrain Spring snow and steep terrain Deep snow Spring snow and moderate terrain
Optimum weight loads per tested size. Per manufacturer. 25: 120-200 lbs, 30: 150-250 lbs, 35: 180-300+ lbs 120-220 lbs up to 190 lbs 150-250 lbs 120-220 lbs
Weight (per pair) 4 lbs 7 oz 4 lbs 0 oz 4 lbs 9 oz 5 lbs 6 oz 3 lbs 13 oz
Surface Area 176 sq in 188 sq in 179 sq in 282 sq in 194 sq in
Dimensions 25x8 in 25x8 in 24x8 in 31x10 in 25x8 in
Crampon/Traction aids Steel crampon augmented with traction rails Steel crampon augmented with rail and frame teeth Steel crampon augmented with traction rails Steel crampon Steel crampon augmented with rail and frame teeth
Frame material Aluminum Aluminum Steel traction rails Aluminum Steel
Deck material Nytex fabric Fabric Molded plastic LG "Lightec" fabric Molded plastic
Heel Lift Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Binding/Deck Connection Strapped Hinged Hinged Hybrid Hinged and Strapped Hinged
Binding system Nylon straps with cam buckles, rubber strap with plastic buckle Rubber Straps with pin-in-hole Boa Boa Rubber straps with pin-in-hole
Flotation tails sold separately? No Yes No No No
Men's and Women's versions? Women's version avalible Women's version avalible Women's version avalible Women's version avalible Women's version availible
Sizes Available 25, 30, 35 22, 25, 30 24, 28 825, 930, 1036 22, 25
Tested Size 25 25 24 930 25
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