I use my snowshoes primarily for:
Trekking along groomed trails, valley basins or rolling hills.
Off-trail hikes through variable terrain or long-distance, all-day adventures.
Steep, aggressive backcountry adventures through rugged terrain.
Underfoot, I prefer:
Elite traction with an ultralight deck.
Rock-solid deck with all-condition performance.
A female/male who prefers a narrower, more nimble shoe.
The snow conditions I'm typically in:
Hard packed snow of groomed or established trails.
Soft snow or packed powder often found in the Coastal Ranges.
Deep, light powder, such as the dry snow at high altitude or far North.
With all my gear, water and food, I'll weigh:
90-125 lbs / 41-57 kg
125-175 lbs / 57-80 kg
175-225 lbs / 80-102 kg
225+ lbs / 102+ kg
Groomed or established trails
Hard-packed or groomed trails
Soft snow or packed powder
Deep, light powder
90-125 lbs (41-57 kg)
125-175 lbs (57-80 kg)
175-225 lbs (80-102 kg)
225+ lbs (102+ kg)