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Tough showshoes for tough conditions.
- Flex Tail technology allows the snowshoe to roll more naturally underfoot from heel-strike to toe-off
- Torsion Deck design allows torsional articulation throughout the body of the snowshoe, maximizing comfort and traction on uneven terrain or variable snow conditions
- ActiveLift 19-degree heel lift makes steep ascents easier by lifting your heel to reduce calf fatigue and Achilles strain on steep ascents
- Rotating Toe Cord enables the tail of the snowshoe to drop in order to shed snow and make every step easier
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The goto shoe for gnarly conditions
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These shoes will float just as well as any other 8x24 shoe. But they really shine in gnarly conditions (think Adirondacks!) I've been a fan of the Viper crampon since '02, and the TD91 binding since '00. I was thrilled to see that Tubbs took these bulletproof components from their older line and upgraded them for use on the Flex Alp. The Viper crampon, and the rails, grip rock solid ice (and rock itself for that matter) like no other snowshoe. Plant these babies into a hard packed, icy, rocky, rooty trail and count on them to stay put. Uphill or down. The binding sports a toe piece that holds your boot in place... period. And the control wings provide a solid connection and prevent twisting... think CONTROL! This shoe blows away the competition (you know who).
Excellent snowshoe. Flex ALP!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this and the following at the same time: FLEX NRG (wife), FLEX TRK (son), and FLEX jr (daughter). Family snowshoeing here we come! First- all are made beautifully. The traction on the ALP is very agressive and includes a five tooth crampton and additional teeth at the tail of the snow shoe. The binding is excellent and easy to put on and take off. Stays on tight- yet comfortable. The TRK has a simpler version of the same binding (son reports it stays tight also). The NRG Binding is a easy on/off and my wife loved it. Not sure it will maintain its tightness In agressive snowshoeing - but it isn't made for that. The jr has a simple and effective binding that isn't unlike the NRG (just simpler). Ok- with that said- all of them have decent float. I weight I70 pounds (with shoes and coat on) and only dropped about 3 Inches in pure powder. The family was about the same. Easy to walk in and keep a good stride. The heal lift seems to work and I tested it out on a hill in Maryland. No problems. The TRK has a similar lift- slightly shorter. The NRG and TRK have the same crampon and rail arrangement/ agressivness. Really the TRK Iis the poor mans ALP. Give it a look- but with that said the ALP is an excellent snowshoe and can do anything that you would expect. Well made and put together. Great binding and I can't wait to use it again.
GREAT SNOW SHOES
I originally had the MSr Lightning Ascent, but that year they had changed the bindings & I had a very tough time putting the strap over the lug.
I switched to the Tubbs Flex Alps, and I love them. They are the best shoes I ever had. They handle all the terrain easily, and are very light. A major plus is the ease of the one step binding, which works wonderfully.
I hike in the Catskills regularly, and they ledges tend to get very icy. Not a problem for the Tubbs. ALso traversing is accomplished very easily, as is deep powder.
A great snowshoe.
I couldn't be happier
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love my tubbs. I was deciding between these and the MSR Lightning Ascents (another fine snowshoe), but I'm glad I ended up with the Tubbs. My wife liked mine so much she ordered the same pair (in women's) and loves hers too. Exceptional traction in all terrain. I'm 5'6 170 lbs and the large is just the right size. They are a lot easier to walk in than other snowshoes I have tried. The flexible base plate really allows it to contour to the terrain, and the teeth underneath are massive. In other shoes, where I would slip on ice and hardpack, these gripped extremely well.
I'm not crazy about the bindings, but they work. My boots are a bit small for them, but they get the job done.
If you were going to be snowshoeing in waist-deep powder all the time, I might recommend some MSR's with long tails for floating. In every other condition, I couldn't imagine anything being better than these FlexAlps. Super lightweight, and they don't make you walk like a duck. I don't end up banging my snowshoes into each other all the time, and my gait is very similar to my hiking gait. Love 'em.
If you're worried about the price, I haven't tried them, but the cheaper version of these snowshoes look fantastic as well for the price (with slightly less spikey traction underneath).
Tubbs Flex Alp Snowshoe - Men's
Do they make extenders for these to use...
Do they make extenders for these to use in powder?
No, they do not. Tubbs does not offer extenders on there snowshoes. The flex design is made to excel in packed snow and the other design is the traditional design which is made for a variety of snow conditions. This particular model is made to take on steep icy terrain. You might check out a tradition design from tubbs if your going to be in the deep stuff. The other option, if you like this one, is to go with the XL model.
Easily Packed along
I like how light these are to pack along during the winter. The downside is that I'm a little heavy for them, at 5'9"/210 lbs, and add another 25 lbs of backpack and I'm well over the 190lb limit of the shoes. I would definately recomend not exceeding that limit by much. It would be nice if they would add 2" to the front and 1" to the width of these.
The only snowshoes I have ever owned - I feel this was a fine purchase! I'm 5'11" at 180 lbs and these worked out very well, keeping me afloat, with easy maneuverability, on sun-crusted snow, better than a foot deep, with ease. I can't be sure of fresh powder yet but I can't wait to give them a try. They have been worn with both Solomon trail runners and Kayland hiking boots, both incompatible for cramp-ons, both worked out very well. The ease of steep ascension is particularly noted and more fun than I expected. Wish I was in deep powder at this moment!
Tubbs Flex ALP Snowshoe
Winner of the Outside Magazine 'Gear of the Year' Award, the FLEX ALP is designed to tackle extreme Backcountry terrain. With micro-serrated 3D-Curved Traction Rails and the ActiveLift 19 degree heel lift, the FLEX ALP devours steep, icy terrain, and the new, streamlined deck shape enhances maneuverability in tight situations.