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Durable, resistant to compression, and very comfortable for the weight, but a couple of extra inches would be nice.
The lightest snowshoes on the market, but with less traction than heavier shoes.
Nice innovations including a shape that allows a more natural walking gait, but heavy.
Clever, simple, user-friendly, and durable; but heavy.
This upgrade to the classic Virga is a quarter pound heavier and includes some nice improvements, and some changes that need more tweaking.
Puffy down quilt/underquilt/poncho - so nice! Just trim the footbox please.
Modular design allows you to customize these snowshoes to the person and snow conditions, or upgrade instead of buying new snowshoes.
Two accessories to add utility to your Jetboil Personal Cooking System.
A sprinter's dream with lightweight - although less durable - materials, narrow tapered tails, and an aggressive toe cleat.
An asymmetric frame and lightweight durable materials - like titanium crampons - give these racing shoes a lot of attitude, but they're not cut out for general backcountry use.