Walkability: Testers raved about the comfort of these snowshoes. “Because of their slightly narrow frame, the Endeavors are easy to walk in—zero tripping or fumbling over the decks,” says one tester who put more than 30 miles on the shoes in southern Alaska. “I could easily step over fallen trees and other obstacles.” Quirk: The scoop-shaped tail throws an abnormal amount of snow on the user.
Binding: Testers praised the ease and packability of the flexible urethane straps that zigzag across the foot. “They collapse neatly so I could lash the shoes on my pack for the snowboard descent,” says one Alaskan tester. “They could even accommodate my bulky boarding boots. And the ridges on the toe plate helped hold my foot in place and provided solid purchase.”
Durability: After hiking Bloody Mountain in the Sierra Nevada, our tester praised the toughness of the aluminum and composite decking. “I ran these shoes hard,” she says. “I walked over broken rock and the crampons and bottom decking held up well.”
$220; 24 and 28 inches; 4 lbs. 5 oz. (24); atlassnowshoe.com