Published on December 6th, 2012 | by Kira0
Tubbs Mountaineer: A Bite You Can Count On
We are presently in the middle of the warmest winter in recorded history; so, it may feel a little off discussing all the fun things we could be doing if there was snow. However, I am confident that it will eventually get cold and we are sure to see a little more winter wonderland as the months go by. In the meantime, we can still go ice skating at Central Park and travel north for the real snow.
And what better to take up north with us with some trekking poles but the Tubbs Mountaineer Snowshoes (in men’s sizes 25, 30, and 36, and women’s 21, 25, and 30; we recommend generally aiming for the lowest size that can support your weight, which makes them easier to handle). Ours were the smaller model, enough for us since they support a weight between 120-200 pounds including gear; adjust as necessary for your own expected needs. These snowshoes are fairly light weight at four pounds and 11 ounces because they are made mostly from aluminum. In many ways the Tubbs are very similar to the Kahtoola MTN 28 Snowshoes I reviewed last week- around the same weight, similar materials used, both are very well-built and durable, and I liked them both for slightly different reasons. Both have lifetime warranties, though they actually look and act fairly different. The big plus the Kahtoola MTNs have over the Tubbs Mountaineer line is that they come with the removable crampons making them a slightly more versatile shoe- and we liked the red-colored frame quite a lot on the former, though the orange reflective materials on the latter were highly visible..
The Tubbs Mountaineer Snowshoes are a top of the line set of snowshoes which come with many great features. They are very well-designed for thick powder with its huge teeth on the anaconda crampon (under the front of your foot) and the viper heel crampon (under the heel of your foot). These teeth make it much easier to hike through deep snow drifts, climb hills, and descend terrain. These teeth are so good that they may even get in the way a little if you do want to slip down a hill a little. The best part about these snowshoes is how well they are made for comfort. The shoe is designed so that the front is lower than the back so that the front lower end packs easily and the tail bend reduces impact on your joints. The crampon can rotate fully to let the lower tail to drop, shedding snow, and to pivot the crampon into position for best traction, letting its teeth dig deeply into the snow. This shoe even comes with shock protection built into the frame to protect your ankles and joints. Finally, its comes with a 19-degree heel lift, which can be a little tricky to pull up and down while on the go, but worth it once you have it in place. The heel lift is a part that you can pull up to your heel to keep your foot flat on steep climbs, helping to reduce extra tension on your calves.
Getting in and out of the Tubbs Mountaineer Snowshoes is incredibly easy. There is a nifty system where you can quickly pull the straps into place tightly around your foot. And we liked this heel strap which locks into place, to perfectly keep the shoes on, no matter the obstacle. Removing the snowshoe is even easier than putting it on, merely pull on the release and it will pop out of place.
If you are planning on doing a lot of winter hiking, particularly in rough deep snow with less ice, these are the snowshoes for you. The $188 price tag is worth the smartly designed shoes that will keep you safe, comfortable, and moving. And for folks who don’t plan on mountainous terrain, Tubbs offers a wide range of options for other conditions.