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Embrace the extreme.
- 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
- Item #TUB0073
- Q & A
Perefect for hiking the backcountry
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I tried these snowshoes yesterday for the first time and I am very very happy! Most of my pals are into backcountry touring, but I don’t have a setup. And I’m a weenie and don’t like to ski down steep things unless they’re groomed. Anyway, I whipped out the snowshoes yesterday in the backcountry of Montana and was so excited to find that they had heel raisers (I guess I missed this when I initially read the product description). They worked well, I didn’t feel awkward like they do on skis. I could easily get up the icy parts (where the skiers struggled) and surprisingly got through powder well. The best part was I could fit on the skin tracks going up. I ran the whole way down through powder and on ice, and the shoes stayed secure the entire time.
I’ve been using my parents old pair of Tubbs, which I love, but the strap system is a bit wonky - the strings are small and have been worn out. Not a problem with the new ones because of the durable plastic straps.
The clip system to secure these bad boys is secure and sturdy. Both straps can be adjusted to fit feet. The top strap can be pulled tight to push your boot down to the snowshoe so you don’t slip and slide. Like I said, everything stayed put the whole time, so there was no need to take my gloves off and adjust.
Also, these snowshoes are extremely lightweight - it felt like I was only wearing boots. Tubbs rock. 10/10 recommend, unless your only goal is to snowshoe in deep powder. In that case, I’d recommend wider and longer snowshoes without the crampons on these.
Poorly designed straps = falling off
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you want to wear these with a very low profile, dainty hiking boot for a mellow cross country weekend jaunt they may be fine, but for actual Alpine use, anything involving deep snow or, wearing with an actual Mountaineering Boot ... Stay far far away .
I purchased these for my summit attempt on Denali . The binding system features a toe cap which must fit over the ENTIRE toe of your boot in order for the snowshoe to stay on your foot. On Denali I was wearing Scarpa 8000's which is a pretty hefty boot - the toe cap didnt even come close to fitting that boot . I had to put a carabiner over the straps which went over the top of the foot and then use another rope to tie these to my feet and they STILL kept coming off . It made for dangerous movement as we were in a couple bad storms with over knee deep snow - these terrible snowshoes were coming off every 30 mins or so, sometimes more ... it meant holding up the entire rope team .... just awful
It was clear these were not meant to be worn with an 8000m boot . EVeryone else with the MSR's had no problems at all. I switched with my guide who had the La Sportiva G2's... a much lower profile boot. They did not stay on his feet either.
When I got back to Seattle, just for kicks, I tried to fit my La Sportiva Nepal's into these bindings. Even those did not fit .... and the Nepals are NOT a very voluminous boot.
So bottom line - these are not meant for Alpine / Mountaineering use . They do not fit over any Mountaineering boots that I have tried . The binding system is terribly designed ... not durable and does not compare to the MSR's . Stay away from these and go with the tried and true old school strap system like on the MSR ascent .
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Spent 3nights/4 days in in the Snowy Range in Wyoming and these snow shoes made the trip a joy. We treked miles on the Medincine Bow area. Going up the ascents were challenging , but the heel lift feature saved our legs. I couldn't say enough positive things while treking up to the top. We couldn't make it to the very top as the winds and blowing snow was so high, but the adventure of making the attempt was fantastic.
Then we cut cross country to return to camp and the drop feature in the back did help to keep the snow from building up on the back heel deck.
Used them with a pair of Mucks. Perfect fit and comfort.
Tubbs Flex ALP Wm's
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.
How much do these snowshoes weigh? 4 lbs each or 4 lbs/pair? I see different answers on various websites. Thanks
I have the men's version which are 2" longer and my set (pair) weighs 4lbs 9oz. The woman's can only be lighter with their shorter length and smaller binding.