Frontier's are gender-specific in design. Is this blue snowshoe for men? What makes it different in that sense? The green pair in the Tubbs Frontier says it's for women. Thanks for the help!
GAYLENE G Oh, now I remember, thanks Rae! The difference between gender-specific design is that women's snowshoes are narrower because of the way our skeletons are built and the way our legs move in the hip sockets! :)
GAYLENE G I bought a pair of Tubbs (Venture, I think) for myself a couple years ago, and then last year bought a pair of Tubbs Frontier's for my boyfriend. I am 5'10" and ~165 lbs. He is 6'3" and somewhere around 190 (I think!).
The main difference that I noticed in our snowshoes is that his are MUCH much larger. It seems like I read somewhere about the differences in design of gender-specifics, but I can't remember where. I would think that as long as you buy according to what Tubbs recommends on their chart for your height and weight - whether it's male or female - you should be fine.
Think of it this way: I would guess that people who buy snowshoes in a second-hand store probably can't tell whether what they bought was developed for a male or female. They probably just buy what "looks" and feels about right.
RAE A Though the womens' snow shoe may be the same length as the mens', they are slightly narrower. This makes it easier to walk for a woman who is concerned about heavier weight but has a shorter leg than a man.