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It's time to get vertical.
Delivering premium performance for alpine ascents, the Tubbs Men's Flex VRT Snowshoe is built for getting out there onto steep and variable terrain; the VRT in the name does stand for vertical, after all. The Flex VRT features Tubbs' revolutionary Dynamic Fit binding, which integrates full-foot wrapping EVA foam with a Boa, click-of-the-dial closure system. The result is a precise fit with even pressure distribution and optimized control.
Tubbs also gave this thing its Torsion Deck design, which allows for torsional articulation throughout, enhancing traction and adapting to the terrain underfoot. This combines with a Flex Tail, which is ergonomically and biomechanically designed to absorb heel strike shock and to allow for a natural, stress-free step. Rotating Toe Cord design allows the tail of the shoe to drop after each step without over-rotating, allowing for efficient strides and reduced cardio strain. Carbon steel Traction Rails and Viper 2.0 crampons offer maximized traction for steep and icy slopes.
- Torsion Deck design
- Flex Tail
- Carbon steel Traction Rails
- Viper 2.0 carbon steel crampon
- Dynamic Fit binding Boa closure
- Rotating Toe cord rotation-limiting design
- Heel riser
- Item #TUB000B
- Q & A
Boa is fast & great traction all-round
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm 5'11, 235b (just outside the recommended user rating) wearing a size 11 Zamberlan Pro GTX RR boot. The boa action is really effective and holds well in all circumstances. Used on hikes between 6 and 10km in Hakuba (Japan) backcountry with these in 30cm of fresh laid over an icy crust, across variable/steep terrain.
Concerns around the boa system, clogging or being cumbersome to use...not a problem at all. The Zamberlan boots have a chunky toe and wide last. The latter maxed out the footbed deck, making the fit tight but workable, the rubber rands on the Zamberlan boots prevented any sliding/rubbing - increasing confidence in foot strike. The Viper 2.0 crampons are outstanding. Hard boiler plate steel ice and the occasional rock strike didn't impact or damage the teeth. In fact, over patches of 20degree plus icy terrain, these were outstanding. The flex is great in steeps. Suggest playing with/loosening the heel riser before heading out. Initially quite stiff and frustrating to initiate with poles. Work these over a little prior to use. The Zamberlan boots are especially stiff with carbon shanks offering little torsional rotation. The snowshoes transmitted this through, but with the torsion deck, this combination worked well and stability was strong. The tip to tail rails, riveted in four sections, ensure great articulation and traction in the steeps and traverse terrain.
I will be interested to see how the boa endures repeated use, versus more traditional bindings.
Great shoes for the ADK High Peaks
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The ADK's throw pretty much everything and the kitchen sink at you in a hike and this is what makes the VRT's such a great shoe. Here are some quick thoughts after recently hiking Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge in the VRT's:
The Boa system is super fast to get in/out of as trail conditions change. Just turn the dial down and your boot locks right in. Pull the dial up and you pop out, simple. Gaining elevation on the switchbacks and steep sections, I must have flipped the heel risers up/down about 50 times with my trekking pole. These were a Godsend. Last but not least, the crampons underneath the deck bit into every ice flow and never slipped. I even scaled a short ice cliff on the backside of Giant Mountain with the shoes on making it over easily. Overall, these are great snowshoes for the tough trails. The attached pic was taken atop RPR's summit.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have always rented snowshoes but decided to purchase some this winter. I had read great things about Atlas, MSR, and Crescent Moon and tried each of these in the store (and used Atlas and MSR rentals in the snow). In each case, in the store, I found that the salesperson had to spend a good deal of time to adjust the binding. When I tried it myself while in the store, I felt frustrated because I wanted a quick fix. Then, I tried the Tubbs Flex VRT snowshoe. This shoe was different in several ways. First, the boa binding can be hit or miss until you adjust it correctly to fit your shoe. Then, you push down on the dial. twist it tight, feel it compress your shoe, and start snowshoeing. The Boa binding makes putting on snowshoes incredibly easy since there is no pulling bindings, ratchets, or tucking straps. The FLEX VRT bindings, once properly adjusted, never come loose, felt very solid and allow me to focus more on enjoying the adventure. These snowshoes have no metal rails on the foot bed. Relative to other snowshoes, the Flex VRT flex easily, and reduce the stress on my joints. They are designed to promote a more natural stride and I don't have to concentrate on my gait and rotating my hips to avoid stepping on the tails of the snowshoes. The crampons and heel riser help me ascend hills quite easily and I can descend hills skillfully. I wish I had purchased these a few years ago. I probably would have been snowshoeing much more frequently.
I wanted to love these
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I've been using Tubbs Flx Alps for the past year and I absolutely love them. I figured these would be even better, because the bindings on the alps aren't my favorite. Sadly, the bindings were dissappointing. These snowshoes are the exact same as the flex alps, except for the boa cable bindings. There's nothing wrong with the boa system, but the binding doesn't even come close to fitting my boots well. There were large gaps at the toe box. For the price, these should fit better to hiking boots. The colors are great and the traction from the rails underneath is superb. The heel risers are a bit taller than are useful for me, but maybe I'm just not hardcore enough. The bindings on the Flex Trek are far superior. I ultimately returned these and bought the flx treks.
apart from t he bindings, these are fantastic snowshoes.