Sep 15, 2007 at 8:47 am #1225060
Steven EvansBPL Member
Winter is fast approaching up in the north, and I'm lookiong to upgrade my snowshoes to the lightest possible package….ie. Northern Lites. I am 180 pounds, and typically carry a 15-20 pound winter pack. According to the website, I should use the backcountry model rated to 250# @ 43 oz (seems overkill). However, I am always looking to shave the ounces, so I'm hoping some of you are experienced with the northern lites/snowshoeing, as I have some specific questions.
1) Can I get away with the Elites or the Elite racers?
2) If the Elite racer (A=130in^2) is rated to 210# on harder snow and the Elite (164in^2) is rated to 175# on softer snow…is it safe to assume that because the area is larger on the elite then the elite racer, I would be able to push the elite to my weight range?
3) Is there other snowshoes that I should look into? I saw the GV Cat Trails, but the Area:weight ratio is not as appealing.
I did search a few places, including BPL but didn't find anyone in my weight range. I guess I'm looking for a person who is my size to say he uses the Elites with no problems…or someone set me straight and save me the time/money of buying 2 pairs.
Oops, I found this thread…Sep 15, 2007 at 11:45 am #1402298
Mark VerberBPL Member
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I am also around 180lb and carry between 20-30lbs. The Elite Race has in general worked well on moderate to heavy pack snow… but in looser or softer snow I would def. want more float.Sep 15, 2007 at 1:06 pm #1402302
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
On really hard snow/ice you would be better off with crampons.
In fresh powder snow nothing works.
It depends on the snow …Sep 15, 2007 at 4:54 pm #1402316
Steven NelsonBPL Member
@slnsfLocale: Northern California
Just like Roger said: it depends on the snow.
I really like my Northern Lites Backcountry snowshoes, but there are conditions where even with them I'll sink in to my thighs (I weigh 160 + a 17-30 lb pack).
That said, I do recommend them – the traction is more than adequate until you reach conditions where crampons would be better than any snowshoes. The light weight is a big plus – my only complaint with them is that the rear strap, made of webbing, ices up.Sep 21, 2007 at 6:02 pm #1403062
@ofelasLocale: On the Edge
I'm 175lbs and carry ~35lbs; I find the NL Backcountry units are fine in most western powder & pretty much all wetter snow, and the Elites kinda marginal…then again, depends on which part of Canada the original [poster is from, but I'd still go with the Backcountry pair for that slight extra margin of use.
As far as the strap icing up – I've had great luck in spraying them with a type of penetrant/lubricant called 'Release-All' before a trip – non toxic, bio-degradable, enviro friendly etc. etc. and available at your neighborhood Canadian Tire for $3.99.
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