When a heavy nor'easter buried the lean-tos on Vermont's Long Trail, the high-flotation Mountaineer simply cruised over the deep snow. But it's more than just a big deck. This shoe has Tubbs's most aggressive traction system yet: stainless-steel claws under toe, ball, and heel that bite in all directions. 4.5 lbs, 25", 30", 36"; tubbssnowshoes.com
PAIR IT WITH Lowa Echo GTXBonus: A one-handed release strap makes for instant exits.Bummer: They're the heaviest snowshoes we tested.