Kahtoola MTN Snowshoes

Nov 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
Kahtoola MTN

Kahtoola MTN    Photo: Courtesy of Kahtoola

THE SELL: A crampon-snowshoe hybrid for winter peak bagging. THE TEST: If you've ever considered bringing both crampons and snowshoes on a winter expedition, the MTN is for you. Hard plastic arch supports held our boots firmly without any pinching, an adjustable-width binding upped comfort, and the heel strap was easy to tighten. No longer need surface area? The removable toe crampon (pull a tab and it releases from the deck) is all you need for most icy summits, though it's not rigid enough for anything approaching vertical ice. The only downside: the anti-balling plate gummed up in spring snow. THE VERDICT: The lightest, most versatile solution when you need both float and grip. 4.1 lbs

Grip: 4.5
Comfort: 4.5
Ease of Use: 4

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