When you strap these guys on it doesn't feel like you've added any weight to your feet. The straps work quickly and deliver a secure fit that is easily adjustable. The traction on these things is super burly and will give you sure footing and everything from fine powder to the occasional ice patch. The climbing bar is a nice feature but a steep sustained incline is needed for them to be worth pulling up. At least a few hundred yards of consistent up hill. Otherwise they push your weight too far forward putting unnecessary strain on you calves. All in all a great set of snow shoes.