I wear these shoes for most things I do nowadays. This list includes use as approach shoes for climbing, hiking shoes for bagging fourteeners, work shoes, snowy/icy/slushy day shoes, around town shoes. I can wear them all day with no complaints. The sole is great on snow and ice. I can edge quite handily in these pups and have even done some smearing-many thanks to the lacing system being more like climbing shoes than hiking shoes for this one. The shoes are sturdy enough to stand up to me running my feet into things (I do so quite often) and my toes don't feel a thing. They didn't require any breaking-in period.
And I get complimented on them all the time. I like to say that they're business on the bottom and party on top, but the truth is that the top has some pretty excellent qualities that go well beyond the fashion offered.
I finally decided to spring for a pair of snowshoes after growing tired of borrowing and renting. Having experienced several styles and brands I knew what I was looking for in snowshoes. I am confident walking in these on most terrains.
The bindings are super easy to work and have big enough tabs that you can mess with them without having to take your gloves off.
I like the Active Lift heel lift system, but the mechanism itself is sometimes hard to use. The lift is a little bit of metal that lifts up your foot. It is held in place by plastic notches on the footbed. The lifts are easy to pop up, but require some effort to put back into the neutral position. Further, the little plastic notches seem unnecessarily injured by the process of putting the lifts back down. But the lifts are stable and help me a lot. Perhaps a design suggestion for the future?
Bottom line: I dig these snowshoes and I think that you will, too.
I have GoLite's Dartmoor v-neck tee which is not on backcountry. This scoop neck is just as good.
I am relatively sure that this is my favorite tshirt of all time. It is comfortable and cute. It is also easy to wash and dries quickly on the line. I will get my first opportunity to test the shirt in adventure travel in about a month, but it has worked well for my local adventures. I have worn it to several concerts and now think that I won't be able to wear anything else. My ID and card usually slip out of my pants pockets while I boogie, but I slip them into the shnazzy little zipper pocket and there they stay until I need them again. Further, no one noticed the little squarish spot on my right hip.
I am 5'4 130 pounds. I got the medium. It is comfortably loose, but looks well fitted.
I gave this shirt a whirl today, wearing it on a bike ride and hike. I got complimented twice on the shirt, but I was also comfortable the entire time. It wicked well and dried quickly, as advertised. I want another one and another one and another one. Bueno! *CLAP*