I had a hard time deciding on the number of stars. I loved how these shoes moved and wanted to give 5 stars. But, I couldn't keep the left one on. The molded binding was very difficult to keep on the back of my boots, and it finally just gave up the ghost on the left. I had to walk back carrying one snowshoe. (These were the Pilot II bindings). Next year I will try the Ultra binding, because I really want this snowshoe. They are heavy to hold, but move so effortlessly I just couldn't believe it. One caveat: The raised heel plate takes a little getting used too.
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.