These snow shoes are fantastic. They are the best ones I have ever used and I have used a lot of different kinds. I do a ton of hiking in the snow, with my trusty snowboard on my back. these go up hill and downhill great, do well in hardpack and in powder. They never clank together when i am stepping, even when I am really tired and am walking like a dead person they still don't clank. they are very light weight and I never feel like I have snowshoes on. I wear these with my snowboard boots. They are so easy to take on and off and I have never once had them come off my foot like other snowshoes have. The snow does not get stuck and weigh these down. I really can not put into words how phenomenal these snowshoes really are. It is a total great package...from putting on, hiking around and taking off...amazingly great times!