Tubbs Flex ESC 24 Snowshoes for Men
Put the intensity back into your snowshoe excursions when you purchase the Tubbs Flex ESC 24 Snowshoes for Men. Offering a perfect blend of comfort, performance, and convenience, this snowshoes for men features all the technical advancements you want in a pair of snowshoe less the hefty price tag. Featuring an ergonomically and biomechanically designed FLEX Tail, this snowshoe for men absorbs shock from heel strike to minimize the amount of stress on your joints, allowing you to snowshoe farther and longer with reduced risk of body strain. It features a molded, asymmetric QuickFLEX binding with patented Control Wings to the center boot that deliver a combination of comfort, lightweight control, support, and ease of use. It even has a carbon steel toe crampon, which is ergonomically placed under foot for maximum weighted traction and responsiveness. Another remarkable addition is the Rotating Toe Cord design that reduces cardio-respiratory strain by 7%, minimizing possible accidents and injuries. The Tubbs Flex ESC 24 Snowshoes for Men is infused with all the right tools that are perfect for any adventure.
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|Weight Limit (lbs)||up to 190||120-200||190-220||170-250||220-300|
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Comments about Tubbs Flex ESC 24 Snowshoes for Men:
About me: I am 6' tall, 180 lbs., size 10.5 shoe. I went snowshoeing last weekend for the first time ever, up at Pictured Rocks National Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We rented 25" snowshoes and liked it so much that I bought these after I got back home. The snowshoes we rented were the traditional tubular frame type. This review is based on my limited experience and comparisons to the snowshoes we rented. I cannot attest to the durability of these Tubbs snowshoes as I have only tested them out in my yard. Here is my preliminary analysis of yard testing:
These snowshoes are very easy to walk in. In comparison to the ones we rented, which were not bad at all, these are simply easier to walk in without having to change my gait at all. The ones we rented caused me to change my gait just enough to keep them from striking each other. With these I have no problems walking and they do not strike each other. Also, the "flex" frame is more forgiving on your foot & ankle when stepping on uneven terrain.
For those, like me, who want some numbers (facts) from my yard test:
Snow depth: 21"
Snow type: undisturbed, wet on top but very soft below
User weight: 190 lbs. including clothing, coat, & snow boots
Depth of sinking in while walking normal with snowshoes: 6-8"
Depth of sinking in, carrying additional 43 lb. bag of sand (233 lbs. total): 8-10"
Depth of sinking in without snowshoes, wearing std. winter snow boots: 14-17"
Additionally, these things have excellent traction which is very much needed at places like Pictured Rocks where there is LOTS of ice and uneven surfaces.
If I were backpacking I would prefer a 28" length over these. But for general purpose snowshoeing without a pack, these will be great for a guy my size. Sinking in that extra couple inches with the sand bag made a significant difference in the effort to walk. I don't think I would want to use these for any long hikes in deep snow with a 30 or 40 lb. pack on. But they are not rated for that either.
Reason for 4 stars and not 5: right out of the box, when I first cinched down the strap, a rivet\snap popped off. It's not a big deal because it's just the snap on the excess strap which you click together to keep the excess strap from flapping around. This did not affect the performance in any way whatsoever. But it did leave me wondering if any essential rivets would break in the future. I don't think so. They look well built. Probably just didn't get crimped tight enough at the assembly line. But for now it's 4 stars.