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    I briefly looked at Atlas and MSR 30'' snowshoes in MEC today. The Atlas Treeline looked better than the MSR's to me. I'm looking at 30 inchers for bushwhacking. Does anybody have any other recommendations? Northern Lites are way lighter and cost 320 USD.
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  • #2
    There is the Tubbs Mountaineer. I'm not familiar with the new binding though. 30 inch is a medium snowshoe, so expect medium floatation. Do you have a pair of 36 inch Tubbs'? Seems like I've seen pictures of you with large ones.

    Another thing to think about is the balance. I like a good amount of surface in the front of the snowshoe, ahead of the hole. Tubbs always made their old Sierra 30 inch with too little in front, and their Mountaineer may have the same problem. But that's the difficulty in finding anything good nowadays. The manufacturers think that we don't want balanced snowshoes. Of course if you like to kick steps, then maybe you don't want a balanced snowshoe.
    I might be kidding...

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    • #3
      GV has these: http://www.gvsnowshoes.com/en/snowsh...ntain-trail/24 One size is 9x29

      And these: http://www.gvsnowshoes.com/en/snowsh...ow-aerolite/10

      And these: http://www.gvsnowshoes.com/en/snowsh.../wide-trail/22

      And these: http://www.gvsnowshoes.com/en/snowsh.../snow-trail/21
      I might be kidding...

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      • Nivek
        Nivek commented
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        Thanks for response.

        I'm not addicted to the televators (meaning the heel lift thing, right?) I rarely use it....

        The Tubbs Yukons are an old model they don't produce anymore, correct? 10x36? Bindings good? Do you like the Yukons?
        I think I can obtain them used, for a reasonable price. I may pull the trigger. Thoughts?

      • CatskillKev
        CatskillKev commented
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        After getting the 12x42, I don't use the Yukon's much, but when the Yukon's were my biggest, they were my favorite snowshoe. Yes, not produced that I know of--in fact they've quit on the TD91. The TD91 binding is a good binding. Typically you put the front buckle on the outside of your foot, but if you're having centering problems, you can switch the natural right/left--put the right shoe on the left foot. Its a good binding though that doesn't give too much trouble. Holds your foot fore and aft very well. Sometimes you fight a little side to side, but usually its not too bad. The control wings are great, but they could be tighter together for more control. I think you should go for it!

      • Nivek
        Nivek commented
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        Thanks for your help again. Waiting on some information. I'll let you know what happens....

    • #4
      Originally posted by Neil
      I briefly looked at Atlas and MSR 30'' snowshoes in MEC today. The Atlas Treeline looked better than the MSR's to me. I'm looking at 30 inchers for bushwhacking. Does anybody have any other recommendations? Northern Lites are way lighter and cost 320 USD.
      I still like the old Sherpa snowshoes. You can pick them up cheap on eBay but make sure the bindings have the toe strap. They sold them with small or large claws so you need to look at that too.

      I had a pair of atlas 10 series and they worked well. The binding was stiff and did not make it easy to nest them together on your pack. In the end I sold them to my nephew as I had too many pairs.

      I know some folks that own northern lites and bring them on the hikes where they anticipate carrying the shoes all day due to low snow cover. Light shoes are great for that and robustness doesn’t matter.



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      • #5
        I use Tubbs Mountaineer 30". Has serious fangs on bottom. Used to have Atlas but dislike that the bindings are so close to front of snowshoe.....
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        ADK: 46/46

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        • #6
          I use Havlick 30" shoes when there's a good chance that my route won't be well packed. They're a basic oval shape with aggressive aluminum claws, 3-strap binding, no televator, and an anti-drag tail. They're 100% made within the Adirondack blue line. Last I knew, they're generally not available in stores. https://www.hscind.com/index.php/pro...ory/snowshoes/
          They tell you that the 30" shoe weighs 1lb 7 ozs, or 2 lbs 7 oz with binding. I guess if you're into ultralight snowshoeing, you go without the bindings. For super ultralight, go with one shoe, no binding. ;-)
          Mark
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