The Best Women's Snowshoe Gear of 2012

Tubbs Wilderness Snowshoe (Courtesy of Tubbs)
Tubbs Wilderness

Tubbs Wilderness Snowshoe

Testers appreciated the Wilderness’s heel-lift on undulating hikes, and the pivoting binding made for a natural stride that kicked up very little powder. But the best thing about these shoes is how comfortable, pressure-free, and easy to get into they are: adjust the bindings once and it’s instant on or off with a single ratcheting buckle. 4.4 lbs

TAGS: DAY HIKER, EASY BINDING

Merrel Arctic Fox Boots

Arctic Fox
Merrel Arctic Fox Boot (Courtesy of Merrel)

These waterproof nubuck-and-neoprene boots are insulated in strategic zones (with extra around the toes) to keep your feet toasty while preventing overheating. Reflective metallic insoles—which bounce body heat back toward your feet—and a fleecy lining add to the warmth. They’re only ankle high, but a webbed tongue keeps the snow out.

TAGS: ANKLE-CUT, INSULATED

Atlas Elektra 10 Series

Elektra 10 Series
Atlas Elektra 10 Series Snowshoe (Courtesy of Atlas)

We punished the Elektras on technical terrain, in deep snow, and under big loads. The verdict: they’re the toughest workhorse snowshoes we tested. The -H-shaped row of teeth grab in all directions, making these best-in-class for side-hilling. The easy-adjust bindings are user-friendly and pressure-point-free, with a one-hand pull-release, a padded front, a toe stop for perfect positioning, and an easy-latch Voile-style rear strap. 4.1 lbs

TAGS: AGGRESSIVE CRAMPON, BACKPACKERS

Aku Lioda Suede GTX Boots

Aku Lioda Suede GTX
Aku Lioda Suede GTX Boots (Courtesy of Aku)

The warmest boots here, the Gore-Tex-lined and insulated Liodas have a secret weapon: an extra few hundred grams of PrimaLoft stuffing underfoot. Combine that with a hydrophobic suede upper that’s been sprayed with a thin layer of polyurethane so it never wets out and you’ve got boots worthy of the coldest Wisconsin nights. 

TAGS: WATERPROOF, SUPREMELY WARM

Louis Garneau RX Horizon

Louis Garneau RX Horizon Snowshoes
Louis Garneau RX Horizon Snowshoes (Courtesy of Louis Garneau)

Easy does it: one pull on the webbing loop and the Horizon’s binding snugs tightly around your boot, whatever its size or shape. The hourglass frame prevents the shoes from clacking against each other when you walk, and an upturned tail keeps them from dragging—and reduces the amount of snow they throw in fresh powder. While the steel crampons bit well on icy paths, they aren’t designed to tackle technical terrain. 3.4 lbs


TAGS: PATH CRUISER, ONE-PULL BINDING

Chaco Belyn Baa

Chaco Belyn Baa
Chaco Belyn Baa (Courtesy of Chaco)

Now you can wear your Chacos all winter. The lace-up, calf-high, water-resistant suede Belyn Baas have a cozy shearling lining and the same supportive footbed you love all summer long. The sole is tweaked for winter traction and snow shedding, making these a favorite for everything from casual snowshoeing to snowy walks to the bar.


TAGS: STYLISH, TECHNICAL SOLE

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