This snowshoe has a message for triathletes and runners trying to stay in shape during the winter: Get off the treadmill and go outside. By building an integrated snowshoe/boot system, the TSL saves weight and delivers better energy transfer than you get with traditional bindings. The Step-In Race works best on hardpack or soft snow. 1.8 lbs, 23"; tslsport.com
PAIR IT WITH TSL Nordic RaceBonus: A tail fin helps stabilize the shoe at speed.Bummer: Boot choice is limited to TSL's offerings.