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OfflinePDU
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Which snowshoes?
    #11304391 - 10/23/09 06:10 AM (8 years, 9 months ago)

I am really looking forward to getting more into snowshoeing this year. I suspect i will be walking mostly trails around ski-hills and into the semi-backcountry where there's lots of powder...

My price limit is $300 or less CDN.

I have experience with Atlas snowshoes, and liked how the binding was padded which kept the straps from cutting into my boot/foot.

I have also heard good things about the MSR design...

In your opinion, whats the best "all mountain" snowshoe (weight/size arn't of particular importance.)

I am considering these:

Atlas 1235's: http://atlassnowshoe.com/product/12

MSR Lightening Ascent 30"+: http://cascadedesigns.com/msr/snowshoes/steep-and-challenging/lightning-ascent/product


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Re: Which snowshoes? [Re: PDU]
    #11307650 - 10/23/09 07:31 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

Shit, I still have this pair of Redfeathers that have never been used.  A friend bought them, never used em, gave em to me, and now I've never used em.  I keep threatening that I'll do it someday, but you know how that goes.

If you are interested I'd probably be willing to part with them.



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Re: Which snowshoes? [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #11309972 - 10/24/09 04:56 AM (8 years, 9 months ago)

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ToTheSummit said:
If you are interested I'd probably be willing to part with them.





Maybe you'd be interested in a trade or something?

They look fairly outdated + ill still be purchasing a quality pair, however - it would be great to have a pair kicking around so i can drag my friends into the bush.

If you are interested in a trade, let me know.

I highly recommend you do go snowshoeing though. It is fantastic fun!


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Re: Which snowshoes? [Re: PDU]
    #11317477 - 10/25/09 12:15 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

I've never tried atlas shoes, but I hear they're generally better than MSRs in deep powder, while MSRs are better on steeper slopes and harder snow/icier conditions.  For the typical snow conditions here (Cascade concrete), I think MSRs are better.  I have some MSR denali ascents that I like a lot, I'll probably go for the lightning ascents when they need replacing, but they look like they'll last a good long time...


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Re: Which snowshoes? [Re: spores]
    #11319198 - 10/25/09 05:23 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

I like the looks of those MSRs you linked to.  I have the Atlas, or at least the model they made before that one, and they're excellent,  but I do tend to slide a lot on steep hills.  None of those pictured above will be good on deep powder.  You'll sink all the way to the ground or hard pack below the powder.  I got into some 48" deep powder last winter and had to take my Atlas snowshoes off to get out of it.
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Re: Which snowshoes? [Re: RogerRabbit]
    #11319800 - 10/25/09 07:15 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

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You'll sink all the way to the ground or hard pack below the powder.




Well, thats how it goes though - unless you have massive snowshoes.

Last year i wore atlas snowshoes at the skihill and i sunk quite a bit in the powder, but it was still considerably easier than walking without them.


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