A couple guys have complained about the front buckle tine (point) rubbing on the platform. Have you seen this? How bad is it? Does it look like it will eventually cut the platform? Thanks, Tom
I've only used these 2x while mountain climbing and have not seen thos condition. Like them vary much!
I have not had any rubbing. I wear regular hiking boots with them.
I didn't notice until you mentioned it. Yes mine has been rubbing on it, about a 1/16 of an inch has been cut. I have been wearing mine for 2 seasons, about 12 hikes in the mountains. I wear size 11 Koflach mountaineering boots.
Here's the deal. That buckle only rubs the platform when the shoe is off, and the buckle falls under the platform. I saw some REI rentals that had been through the ringer over the weekend, and there was quite a bit of fraying, but nothing that looked like it was threatening the integrity of the overall platform. My own pair frayed a little, and now I'm more careful when I first step into the shoe to make sure I'm not stepping on the buckle.
It doesn't rub on my pair. The clearance is only a few milimeters, so I could see the possibilty.
I've used my pair twice in two seasons. Once for hike in and out of glacier point road, including 45 degree climb to top of nearby peak. Also used in Tahoe, for some hiking and ascents. First time I didn't adjust the straps properly and slipped out. The front strap must be snug against the toe of your boot to clear the rubber fabric platform. The platform of my snowshoes are still pristine. Aggressive strapping is the key.
I have had no issue with this. However, my small shoe size (7) might be part of that.
I am sorry but I have not really used them much yet.
I first tried the shoe without a boot in it and it does seem like with a wider boot it might hit, however I wear size 10 boots and it hasn't hit the edge the 2 times I used the boots. I have only used them on flat surfaces, no hills yet.
I just tried the shoe with a boot and also in a climbing position and did not have any issues with the buckle tine hitting the platform.
ROBERT W F
Unfortunately Oregon is only about 19% of snowpack so I have not used them yet. We have had a lot of windfall that has made snowshoeing tough with low snowpack.
That's a good point and I will watch for it.
I guess it's the front buckle where it wraps, not the tine.