Easton Media Day: Fresh Powder and New Gear Makes for Great Snowshoeing

In business since 1922, Easton started making snowshoes four years ago under their Easton Mountain Products brand. They now have four models—everything from heavy-duty, backcountry trekking to light and fast running.

As we discovered on a bluebird backcountry trek in Carbondale, Colo., Easton’s well-thought-out designs are partnered with an easy-to-use binding and lightweight, aluminum frame making for instant fun in the snow—even the snowshoeing newbies had a great time.

We tested the new 2013/2014 Hike model (MSRP $189). The Hike features a quick-cinch/easy-release binding, heel-lift for more comfortable climbing on steep uphills, two-piece frame to lessen torque on legs, a nesting asymmetrical frame so snowshoes don’t clank together (this was a dream!) and split-forward crampon for better proprioception.

They also feature a curved front crampon that mimics the pressure points on the forefeet for improved ground connection and a dual pivot point crampon that can actually drop below the deck of the snowshoe for extra pressure on the dig and a more natural step.

Overall, the snowshoes were easy to get on and didn’t slip or come loose. My stride was comfortable, even for a little running (for serious running try their V02 racing shoe), and traction was solid with no hot spots under foot. The women’s model comes in a 21-inch and 25-inch and the men’s in 25-inch and 30-inch.

The size depends upon intended usage and your weight. A bigger snowshoe provides more floatation yet less maneuverability, and Easton recommends not going larger than you need. I tested the 21-inch model, and they performed well on everything from packed trails and up to six inches of spring snow.

To learn more about Easton Mountain Products snowshoes, visit http://www.eastonmountainproducts.com/snowshoe/snowshoe.

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  • Hi, I sank into the snow at least 6″ on the new loose powder. I have 26″ snowshoes and I weigh 125 pounds. Is this normal? I would like to go out my back door and just go wherever.
    Thanks, Janet