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any showshoe experts here?gtx
Feb 27, 2002 6:03 PM
I tried snowshoeing for the first time last weekend and I think I'm hooked. I rented the Atlas 10 series, but at $20 a day I think it would make sense to buy some soon. I was comparing the Atlas 10 series to the 8 series on the Atlas web site and couldn't really tell what the difference is between them--though the 10 series is more expensive ($230 vs. about $165 or so). The fact that the 8 series is slightly more narrow seems like an advantage to me. Am I missing something? Any other brands or models I should consider? This is for real basic all around use. Thanks.
re: any showshoe experts here?bn
Feb 27, 2002 6:12 PM
narrow can be better for running, but size will really depend on your weight (bigger for heavier, include gear in weight) and consistency of snow (bigger for lighter powder)- check the recommendations of the mfger.

personally I prefer Tubbs, but they are all pretty much the same these days- pick a binding that you like and can use easily with gloves on. I also don't like the Atlas painted rails because they scratch up, esp if you go over rocks and whatnot.
re: any showshoe experts here?gtx
Feb 27, 2002 6:17 PM
thanks. Yeah, I think I got the size part worked out--my weight puts me on the 1022 or the 825. I guess maybe the 10 series is aimed a bit more at backcountry, and has a TIG welded frame (vs I don't know what for the 8 series). I'll look into the Tubbs, too.
speaking of bindings...dustin73
Mar 1, 2002 1:55 AM
are the step-in bindings anything like a clipless pedal (engagement-wise)? i think i was looking at some K2's and it struck an interest.
Not reallyjtolleson
Mar 3, 2002 3:15 PM
They are like a step in crampon ... you still need to clamp them down with your hand.
Kind of like bikes...Brooks
Feb 28, 2002 8:12 AM
get what fits and meets what your needs are. What will you use them for and what is the quality of snow? Backcountry or trails, light powder or packed, day use or overnight snowcamping? Atlas, Tubbs and Redfeather are the top brands. You can probably get them on sale about now as outdoor equipment stores start gearing up for summer. I have a couple of pairs for different conditions just as I have several bikes for different rides.

Enjoy, it's a lot of fun.
Kind of like bikes...jswhern
Feb 28, 2002 4:12 PM
You left out the biggest of all "Sherpas", there are also northernlite(claim to be the lighest out there), MSR are excellent, redfeathers have difficult bindings and so are some of the tubbs models like their old trekker series, flimsy and cheap buckles, I have never used atlas but have heard good things about them. An excellent website is Some great sales on excellent snowshoes. Give Northernlites a look see before you buy.
Exactly... Sherpa!jtolleson
Mar 3, 2002 3:18 PM
Sherpa is the granddaddy of all modern models, the first to use the underfoot crampon.

Sorry, I can't call Redfeather a leading snowshoe, at least not for any serious mountaineering, vertical terrain, or heavy powder. They are very much a tourist model, great for trails and easy terrain.

If you have any aspirations of winter mountaineering (ie., off trail peakbagging) then get a mountaineering appropriate model. The biggest feature to look for is an underfoot crampon on a pivoting rod, as opposed to the little metal teeth on the neoprene strap. Better "bite" in hard pack snow, and the pivot is invaluable when the going gets steep (and those little sport models turn to "skis")

Good luck.
Crescent Moon SnowshoesBipedZed
Feb 28, 2002 12:32 PM
I haven't gone much in recent years but another alternative to Atlas, Tubbs, MSR is Crescent Moon Snowshoes. They relocated to Boulder, CO from Vail a few years ago and have been very highly rated in Outside Magazine for their bindings. No direct experience with them myself but another option to check out.
well if you're gonna be that way about itbn
Feb 28, 2002 8:02 PM
check out Sherpa, Northern Lights, Redfeather, MSR/Salomon/Little Bear/Baldas (all junk IMO), Yuba, Yakima, and Alchemy (alu, ti, and carbon models!).

sierra trading post often has then relatively cheap, but usually not the latest stuff; or you can often buy the rentals at the end of the season

if you're in hilly/mtn areas, also consider taking an avalanche course, renting/buying a beacon (no good if you're the only one), and at least a shovel. poles w/big baskets are handy, too.
great info! thanks all! nmgtx
Feb 28, 2002 8:16 PM