How important are heel lifts on snowshoes? My feeling is that if it's steep enough to need heel lifts, I should be wearing crampons and have an ice axe in my hand. However, I just bought a new pair of Atlas 1025 snowshoes without the heel lifts. Got a very good price on them brand new so that's not the issue. I won't be using them more than a handful of days, so saving a few bucks seems worth the tradeoff.
I've had snowshoes before, an earlier pair of the same model, which worked quite well for what I was doing (no serious climbing with them), but am now wondering if I should have spent the extra money for the latest model with the lifts. I did a quick search here and didn't find much, but I'm sure a few of you have opinions on this. Thanks.