The 3 Best Women's Snowshoes of 2013

(Faber)

Faber Run Snowshoes

BEST FOR: AEROBIC OUTINGS

To get more grip with less bulk, Faber shrank the toe claw and finished the Run’s cleats with stainless-steel spikes (like the tips of hiking poles). There’s enough bite for steep and icy trails, but the Run excelled at everything else, too, including uneven terrain, thanks to the shoe’s split-tail design, which allows each side of the frame to flex independently. 2.2 lbs

Atlas Elektra 9 Snowshoes

(Atlas)

BEST FOR: MOUNTAIN HIKING

Because the Elektra’s front crampons feature two spikes underfoot that pivot independently, you get better grip and more contact area, especially on uneven traverses. Smart: the Elektra 9’s claws are blunted; testers found they gripped just as well as sharp points but didn’t trip them up when walking quickly on firmer snow. 3.5 lbs

Tubbs Xplore Snowshoes

(Tubbs)

BEST FOR: GOOFING AROUND

Every snowshoe should be as easy to use as the Xplore. The press of a button is all that’s required to take it off (putting it on requires some quick strap adjustments). The deck has just enough surface area to keep you afloat in deep powder, but not so much to trip you up on the recreational path. Free-pivoting bindings mean no snow kicked up your back. 3.4 lbs

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