- Nov 13, 2004
- Reaction score
- New hampshire
So after following all the reviews and recommendations for the TSL snowshoes for quite some time now I finally pulled the trigger and bought a pair with all the Black Friday sales. Have some observations and questions:
1) The binding system is pretty elaborate and I don't find it very glove friendly. The Tubbs binding system is vastly simpler to understand and operate. I had to actually sit there with the instruction booklet for some features. It definitely has more customization and pre-setting features but that seems unnecessary. Strapping a snowshoe to a boot is not that complicated to begin with.
2) Lot of moving plastic parts. A lot. Looking at the design I'm trying to imagine ways I'd field repair any failures and that doesn't seem very straightforward. What do you bring for back up - large zip ties, straps, etc?
3) I was disappointed with the traction. Seemed beefier in the photos I had looked at online. Does the flexing of the deck overcome this by angling it properly and getting all those teeth into the snow? Also, how are they descending? The traction seems to decidedly favor a climbing position. It seems like descending the rounded part of the teeth would face forward and I'd think would be more prone to slipping. Richard mentioned traction issues in his comment.
I'm looking forward to getting them out for a test drive. As many mentioned most trails get at least partially packed out and snowshoes are more of a traction/anti-post-holing tool versus a flotation device. When it's really crusty or icy I'm generally in crampons or spikes, not snowshoes, so I'm willing to make that concession. Love to hear your feedback on these points. I believe you were one of the early adopters of these so you probably have a lot of feedback.
I hike with a girl once in a while that has these. I stopped by her house before a trip once and picked them up to check them out, she told me she was "still trying to figure them out". A week later, we were going up Liberty in some crummy sugar snow and I mentioned it would be easier in snowshoes. WE both put on our shoes , she went about 20 ft literally and the bindings disconnected. She couldn't fix them and I tried for 20 minutes and gave up,it was the binding section in the rear that failed. Just my observation, they are very complicated. I wear Tubbs, about as easy as it gets. The girl ended up struggling along bare booting, because to me, that's not a good reason to turn around, lol.