Our take The Spindrift was our go-to 'shoe this winter for missions involving steep terrain. One tester praised the secure bindings that aided ascents in the mountains around Leadville, Colorado. "I felt like I was Spiderman. The straps provided a nice, tight fit when dialed, better than other snowshoes I tried," she says. She also noted the "excellent" heel risers, which proved their worth on the 40-degree slopes of 13,684-foot Bald Mountain.
The details A crampon at the toe performs well when heading uphill on hard snow, and serrated teeth on the decking perimeter hold fast while sidehilling. Our tester thought the Spindrift's asymmetrical design hampered her stride a bit, though, and wouldn't recommend it for long walks over flat ground.
Trail cred "These snowshoes felt just as comfortable and stable under a 30-pound pack that I took on an overnight in Colorado's Sawatch Range as they did when I wasn't carrying anything," our tester says.
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