Yukon Charlie’s Pro Series (930) Snowshoe Kit for the Backcountry

When I first acquired my Yukon Charlie’s Pro Series snowshoes (930) and aluminum poles in the Pro snowshoe kit, I couldn’t wait to try them out. So after the snow finally arrived in the Cascade Mountains of Washington, I tried out the snowshoes on their intended terrain. As I’d anticipated, I was not disappointed with the performance of the Pro.

The Pro (formerly Pro II 930) by Yukon Charlie’s is a true backcountry snowshoe, and since this review, the Pro has had an upgraded binding and design. Still, its Tech Weave decking attached with traction-capable molded decking clips, along with a light and strong frame, make the Pro Yukon Charlie’s premier performing pair of snowshoes.

 

product photo: Yukon Charlie's Pro Snowshoe Kit

The Pro has been recently updated with a new design. Photo: REI

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Snowshoes for the Powder

According to Yukon Charlie’s, the integrated heel lift and rear heel plate system of the Pro snowshoe (930) keep your heel centered and allows you to quickly alleviate calf strain on steep inclines through the snow. Plus, the crampons bite the snow and increase traction while reducing slippage.

You can also adjust the Fast Fit (in 2021, Fast Fit II binding) to your footwear in one pull. While snowshoeing, the bindings are a cinch to use, especially in cold weather when you want to keep your gloves on while tightening the straps. Also, the release is just as easy to maneuver.

Overall, a pair of these aluminum-framed snowshoes weigh less than 5 pounds (2.2 kg). The 30″ model (930) can accommodate a user up to 250 lbs (113 kg), including gear. The 25″ model can accommodate up to 200 lbs (90 kg). You can also find a women’s specific model of the Pro, the Pro Float (read our Pro Float review).

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Yukon Charlies 930 kit on the snow (poles, snowshoes, bag)

The pair of 930s for the test – all prepped to try out in the snow! Photo: Rick Stedman

Trekking Poles Ease the Hike

In addition to Yukon Charlie’s Pro Series (930) snowshoes, the Pro kit includes a pair of trekking poles. These aluminum trekking poles have two sets of baskets, so you can use them at any time of year, whether you’re hiking through a winter wonderland or heading out for a warm-weather trek.

The three-piece flip lock adjustment system lets you quickly and easily adjust to the perfect length. The pole length is adjustable from 65 cm – 135 cm (25 to 53 inches). Furthermore, the molded grips (now made of EVA foam) provide a secure hold. Yukon Charlie’s officials suggest that using poles will reduce stress on the knees and increase overall cardiovascular activity as it involves using your upper body.

Read More: Are Two Poles Better Than One?

The Recreational Backcountry Snowshoe

Since Yukon Charlie’s focuses on the recreational consumer, they can incorporate the best features in the snowshoe design while keeping the price competitive.

The snowshoes alone retail for up to 150 MSRP, depending on the size, and the poles alone retail for 50 MSRP. If you’d like to purchase them together, you can get the kit from Amazon for 155 MSRP to 170 MSRP, depending on the snowshoe size.

Have you or would you use Yukon Charlie’s Pro 930 Snowshoes or snowshoe poles? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

This article was first published on February 28, 2015, and was most recently updated on August 9, 2022. The Pro model tested in this review was the 2015 model. Since then, many of the components have remained the same, including the Tech Weave decking, molded decking clips, and heel lift. The frame shape has been slightly modified, and the Fast Fit binding has been upgraded.

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