what snowshoes are good for very deep, soft, snow? I recently bought a new "all purpose" pair and sank up to my hips with them.
At 300 lbs with my pack I went with the 36 inch shoes and on 3 to 4 feet of fresh powder I would sink about 6 to 10 inches but walking was still pretty easy.
I would recommend going to the Tubbs Website and answer the questions for finding the proper snowshoe. Gender, weight, etc. will all be factored into the search.
Logically speaking, the lighter you are and the bigger the snowshoe, the more you'll float in deep, soft snow. But nothing heavier floats on deep soft snow.
Hiking with a group in deep soft snow has the advantage of taking turns breaking trail, or letting the strongest hikers break trail while the less experienced more easily follow their tracks. Hiking more popular trails will also bring you easier hiking where others have already packed the trails.
Tubbs has a great site to properly size the snowshoe for your hiking level and body weight.
A happy Tubbs snowshoe owner. I have the Mountaineer snowshoe, because I like to hike steep, icy mountains in winter, and this model has aggressive crampons, heal lifts, and a great binding.
A piece of plywood ;-) I never been in really deep powder with mine but they have seem to hold up pretty good on what little bit i have been in with them.
Hi. I have used my new tubbs Mountaineer series 3 times on different snows. I wouldn't say it has been the lightest powder but freshly fallen. I would imagine in even the lightest powder, a shoe will sink depending on weight. Is your weight to size shoe correct? I wweigh 240 and wear 36". I add the Mountaineer series bindings are great. Easy to use and secure.
You are going to have to look elsewhere than the Tubbs Mountaineer Snowshoes, I own a pair and ran into the same problems in Northern Wisconsin this year. There exists very wide snowshoes that work somewhat better in the fluffy deep snow but are very limited in what we would consider normal snowshoes conditions because of the extra width. The analagy that you can't have your cake and eat it too is applicable here.