At 2.4 pounds per pair the Northern Lites Elite are the lightest snowshoes on the market. These shoes embody the lightweight backpacking principles of keeping it light, simple, and functional. Obviously we like their weight, but how do the Elites measure up to beefier, toothier, full-featured snowshoes we reviewed?
Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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