Redfeather - Denver, CO

Redfeather - Denver, CO

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Kayser, Mitch
Redfeather Snowshoes – Denver, CO
Guide Snowshoe $229
www.redfeather.com
800-525-0081


The last snowshoes I strapped to my feet were the kind you now see on mountain lodge walls. Imagine my surprise when I realized how far snowshoe technology had come in the last decade. Redfeather, for example, has taken years of R & D and placed it into their backcountry Guide Snowshoe. This shoe is made for those who want to get off the trail and blaze into the backcountry—and it doesn’t look or perform anything like those rickety wooden jobbers I used to wear.

My biggest concern with gear is not only function, but ease of use. The Guide passed both tests with flying colors. The bindings are simple—just step in and the free-sliding heel plate automatically adjusts and secures the boot, front and back. Two ratchet straps crossing over the boot make adjustments easy—even with gloves on or semi-frozen fingers. The frame is a lightweight 7/8-inch powder-coated aluminum that can really take a beating. Front and rear crampons make going up and down steep pitches a breeze. They’re also well-balanced—I never once came close to tumbling or stepping on my heels—and will still support a heavy load when used for backcountry camping. Whether you’re in deep powder or crusty snow, the Guide snowshoe should be the trick this winter for escaping the bootpack and blazing your own trail.
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