Redfeather Snowshoes Hike Snowshoe
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- Stainless-steel crampon system is powder-coated to prevent build-up of snow and ice
- Extruded 6000 series aluminum tube frame with rounded Western tail design
- TX35 vinyl decking
- Control bindings feature Z-pattern nylon straps with side buckles for easy adjustments to any size boots
- Live Action Hinge lifts the tail of the shoe from the snow with every step for added mobility and speed
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Top Customer Reviews
First thing right out of the box, these are super light and packaged very well.
I tried them on right away, in comparing the shoes, many have ratchet style bindings and I was told to stay away from that if the ratchet pops you are having a long walk home, the pinch point is also right under the ratchet so this is a sore spot after a long day in the snow.
So this strap binding locks down right over my shoe all the way around and it is a solid and snug fit.
The decking is a soft nylon with a weave in the material that should stay soft in cold conditions.
The Crampons are powder coated so snow will not stick and so far it works.
I was also looking at the Nylon Conquest Redfeather Snowshoes Conquest USA Injection Molded Snowshoe I love the idea that it has a cross country binding for running and shorter trips. However, in the end the traditional style was best for us.
Lastly, it was a great surprise to see these are actually made in the USA...
I will update this review if things change, but now it is a A+ product...
The Live-Action Hinge causes trouble: Designed to lift the back of the snowshoe so that it does not drag, it flips powdery snow up the back of the user, coating legs and back, even throwing snow onto and over the head. At a good walking pace, it creates a Pigpen-like cloud, a personal blizzard. Trekking in a crusty 6 inch snow proved less problematic but still irritating. Chunks of snow hit my legs and back with each step. Surprisingly, running nearly eliminated the pummeling, possibly due to outdistancing the flying bits. The tendency to throw snow may be different in longer length models.
The hinge arrangement has some maneuvering advantages, e.g., when backing up or stepping over obstructions, but there is an inherent disadvantage in deep snow: A snowshoe that drags lifts the front clear of the snow ahead. The Redfeather Hike shoes have a relatively low rise, and when the hinge lifts the back, the front can trip on snow.
I want to like these snowshoes, but the snowstorm they create is remarkable. Wear extra leg protection, gaiters, and a hat; run; or consider a different product.
Follow-up: An easy fix changed these snowshoes from an ordeal to nearly ideal. As manufactured, the binding is secured through both the decking material and a resilient neoprene band. That attachment to the decking is what makes the shoe too springy.Read more ›
Terrain: three short trips: 4" wet snow on pasture and 6" dry snow on wet crust in mountains with the factory bindings; 4" new cold snow on frozen crust with 3-pin
* made in USA
* tails do not flip snow up (some shorter RF's and other shoes with similar bindings reported to do so)
* rear poly strap easy to adjust and remove
* toe strap cinches tighly enough
* tracked well in 6" powder over wet snow with factory bindings
* factory bindings easier on and off than older Tubbs ratchet system I tried
* shoes lift and glide pretty well
* with factory bindings, shoes consistently went pigeon-toed on harder surfaces such as trails, though they tracked ok in soft snow, whereas ratchet system (older Tubbs) tracked straight
* fabric straps too long, had to tie 'em off
* binding materials thinner and more flexible than similar bindings on Atlas shoes
* crampons likely not suitable for steep and icy terrain
* removed factory bindings then cut, drilled and installed 1/4" ABS plate for 3-pin Nordic bindings. About a three hour job for both shoes. Tried the shoes and they tracked like bullets on very hard cold crust and same with about 4" powder. Note; got binding idea from friend who did same on another brand of shoes using 1/8" aluminum plate under NNN bindings. Worked well for him and wife.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This snowshoe was just what we needed for this winter. There was heavy snow and these were perfect for breaking new trail. Read morePublished 23 months ago by ArtGuy
I bought these as a backup for another pair of Red Feather shoes that I have used for many years. They are always of top quality and construction, and most important to me is they... Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by jhinc
I recently used these to summitt Mt. Elbert in Colorodo. It was a 12 mile round trip so I gave them a pretty good break in. I thought they performed great. Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by Arete Climber
The item works as expected.Getting in and out of the shoes is fairly easy.I have used them several times and have not found any significant problems in performance. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by D. Sieputowski
My husband and I were both disappointed with the bindings on these shoes. No amount of tightening the straps kept them from pulling the foot inward as you step, and they felt... Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Deborah A. Giannotti
When shopping for these shoes, I was sceptacle about the performance being that it did not appear to have aggressive tread like some others for steep climbing ability. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by Sam P
We got these for the "BIG" east coast snow of 2010. These worked great and are easy to use. The snow was so deep (3-4 feet!!!) in our park, that walking was very difficult. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by Amazon Customer