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Gear Review

3 5

Not so good

These snowshoes are undeniably beautiful. Hence one of the three stars. However, I'm used to Redfeather Women's Stride, and I was expecting the Elektras to be as just narrow (since they are also sized for women). Unfortunately they were just as wide as my other unisex snowshoes, and I'm 5'8. Plus, the "thong slap" against your heel was like dragging a cement block behind each foot with a 8 inch rope. My Redfeather Strides also have a thong slap, but for some reason it's energizing and enjoyable. Must be a difference in weight and design of the tail of the shoe. So I was very surprised I didn't like these. Also the binding was extremely difficult to get the front of your boot in, although I have to say once it was in the binding was extremely comfortable and secure. Hence the second star. The third star is for the crampons -- an impressive number and array.