The only snowshoes I have ever owned - I feel this was a fine purchase! I'm 5'11" at 180 lbs and these worked out very well, keeping me afloat, with easy maneuverability, on sun-crusted snow, better than a foot deep, with ease. I can't be sure of fresh powder yet but I can't wait to give them a try. They have been worn with both Solomon trail runners and Kayland hiking boots, both incompatible for cramp-ons, both worked out very well. The ease of steep ascension is particularly noted and more fun than I expected. Wish I was in deep powder at this moment!