Any time you assess a shoe by the Tubbs Snowshoe Company, the Vermont shoemaker starts out with stellar credibility. It was in a 1928 expedition that Admiral Richard Byrd and his team walked on Tubbs snowshoes all the way to the South Pole and back. Tubbs has been making snowshoes since 1906 and no snowshoe manufacturer has earned more respect from snowshoers.
Given Tubbs’ rep, I had no reason to think that my new 24-inch FLEX RDG snowshoes would be anything less than stellar. And they are.
The FLEX RDG has one limitation. If you and your gear weigh more than 190 pounds, there is not a FLEX RDG sized long enough to work for you yet. But if you and your gear weigh less than 190 pounds, the four-pound shoe performs superbly.
You’ll feel less stress on each calf and each leg. Through each twist and turn and every up and down of a rolling hill, you will feel the FLEX RDG adapt to the terrain. And even in icy conditions, you’ll find that this shoe continues to perform for you.
For a comfortable and pleasant day hike in the woods, it is hard to find any fault with this shoe. But if you need to run in it, it holds up well, and it would probably hold its own in a race.
Our snow here in Wyoming is both deep and fluffy, and so we would normally wear a longer shoe. But even in Wyoming the FLEX RDG is a high-performing shoe.
Whether you’re out for a serious short trek in the mountain or a fun and casual walk, the FLEX RDG will hold up well. You can expect stellar performance from the FLEX RDG across a surprisingly wide variation of terrain.
And there is one more outstanding feature you will find in this $189.95 shoe: The binding involves Tubbs’ unique new Boa closure system. If you are tired of struggling with straps on other shoes, you may get hooked on this Tubbs shoe. The Boa device is so easy to use – just one simple twist to the dial – that all my friends who’ve tried it are raving about it and insist that they will never again settle for a snowshoe without it.
Check out the Tubbs FLEX RDG snowshoe: