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Re: Snow shoes?

Postby ERIC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:09 pm

If you're a big guy and will be doing a lot of off-trail then I suggest one of the backcountry options like MSR Lightning Assent or one of the Tubbs models that tend to float better and have options like heel lift bars/lift features. If you're going to be on groomed/packed/ice then obviously you do not want big flippers. Agree with what HighSierraNevada and others have said. In general MSR makes good shoes (even still, two years later!). For what Mark's talking about the MSR Evo/Evo 22 is a good starter shoe; light, fast, well designed and simple to use bindings. You can buy extender "tails" to clip on for deeper powder.
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Re: Snow shoes?

Postby SirBC » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:54 am

MSR is having a 25% off sale. I received an email from BackCountry Gear but it looks like Amazon has the same prices so they are probably on sale everywhere.
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Re: Snow shoes?

Postby markskor » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:52 pm

For what its worth - from Backcountry.com - $162 shipped.

Bought the MSR Evo's (22 inch), also got the 6" tails too. Says with the tails on, good to 250 lbs (gives me a 25 lb comfort zone,) when used in deeper snow...No tails really needed if on consolidated snow pack/ice/ snow-covered roads and trails...typical stuff I regularly do in Mammoth.
Everybody I talked to up here says, as the EVO's come with longer/ steel crampons...better than Atlas for hard-packed Sierra Cement. With Mammoth just having passed 500 seasonal inches, shall see. BTW, seen a few cracked plastic TUBBS around here too.

Was hard to decide between the Atlas (longer) and the MSR's (lighter).
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Re: Snow shoes?

Postby oldranger » Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:34 pm

Says with the tails on, good to 250 lbs (gives me a 25 lb comfort zone,)
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Re: Snow shoes?

Postby SSSdave » Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:25 am

One thing those without snowshoe experience quickly find out is that use is not intended for deeper depths of fresh light snow unless one has truly huge light material models. Yes one can walk around in fresh light snow with typical metal snowshoes that are vastly superior to post holing about in boots, however one will expend strenuous effort doing so much like breaking trail on skis in fresh snow. I regularly take my old Tubbs TD91's out for near roadside work in fresh snow but without intending to go very far. After snow has a firmer surface layer so one does not sink in much, the snowshoes are in their element and I can hike long distances.

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Re: Snow shoes?

Postby rlown » Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:31 am

personally, I'd go with skis and skins.
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Re: Snow shoes?

Postby ERIC » Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:39 am

The difference in weight between most modern day models is only about a pound. That's not a determining factor when it comes to flotation compared to the weight of the snowshoer.
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Re: Snow shoes?

Postby overheadx2 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:22 pm

I took my 25" tubbs to the Glacier point hut for the weekend. We skied in, but took the shoes to hike up to Sentinel Dome. with 3 feet of powder i was still post holing with the 25"ers. They have always worked well, but the deep powder was to much for them. As soon as I got back I ordered the 25" MSR Ascents with the tails for deep powder. By the way Im 6'5" 215lbs.
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