good afternoon YouTube this is a sensible organ smile Network I just want to do a quick review on some stuff that I learned just recently I'm not an avid snowshoe by any means but I wanted to review on what I have found works and doesn't work and my recent findings with quality versus sub quality snowshoes and that's pretty important especially in the backcountry as everybody knows and I'm sure haven't snowshoers know this firsthand but first I'd like to say you know a lot of people think snowshoeing is is an easy sport and you know anybody can strap them on and just take off well why that might be true you also have to consider it's very physically demanding very physically demanding you wearing anywhere from a thirty to forty pound pack depending on your winter pack out he also got to have navigational skills sometimes your trail markers are covered or you can't they're hard to find so you better make sure you have some navigational skills not only with GPS map a compass and make sure that you have the proper clothes for what you're doing and what I mean by that is and a lot of people that have been hiking and snowshoeing sometimes it's hard to find the right clothing and that'll be a little bit more on my other refuses finding the right clothing because even for myself everybody's different and finding stuff that you don't sweat excessively is sometimes hard to do and I still sweat and I only wear maybe two layers in ten degree weather and I still end up sweating when I'm doing extensive snowshoeing but what I really want to cover is quality versus sub quality snowshoes what I'm going to show you is a set of Yukons from Costco and they're about eighty nine ninety nine and they come with poles and I also show you the MSR Evo's I don't have the extent or I'm sorry ascent snowshoes I don't have the Lightning a sentence so she's of course those are a little expensive but great quality now as I talked about about before in the backcountry and when you're snowshoeing it is very important that you buy quality recently I was just out and have bought a pair of Yukon snowshoes and backing up a little bit my experience with snowshoeing is very minimal compared to a lot of people that do it avidly and I was out there I thought well these are pretty good set of snowshoes and they broke on me and then when you're about two miles out three miles out and it's a pretty deep powdered snow and a snowshoe breaks on you that could be a very critical moment because once it breaks and if you've ever been out in the snow without snowshoes and deep snow we're talking to three feet deep and this isn't like up on the mountain you know where you get 9 10 feet deep this is you know 2 to 3 feet deep but you have a really large pack especially out here in Central Oregon it's very dry so when you step even with snowshoes you're going down about 80 inches or so which is very demanding on your body but when you lose a snowshoe you're actually going even deeper you know you're going up to your knees maybe up to your thighs sometimes and it's really really hard to move and thank goodness that I was able to repair my snowshoe on the move get back and really think about quality versus up quality so let's get to the review real quick like I said this is a Yukon from Costco this is the snowshoe that I had out there the reason why I bought that snowshoe instead of you know going with the advice of my my friends is this snowshoe had some excellent straps or bindings and just real quick on snowshoes to go over snowshoes you know you have your bindings you have your strike plate where your foot goes your outer frame your decking and then you have either what people call crampons or some people call claws you know it just depends on who you talk to and you know what they call each piece now this particular snowshoe and yes by the way I ain't a lot of my gear even my bow cases and things like that one of the reasons why I do that is I go hunting or I go out with other people and when I paint them they don't look like everybody else it's easy to find when I set up the the warming shelters and they're sitting outside with everybody else's I know right where mine are nice you know Nate like David Canterbury says there ain't nothing like Kansas nothing happy tooken care of with a can of spray paint to get you know tactical or or what not which I'm not really going for a tactical thing I just want identification when I'm out there anyway past that like I said spend the money what happened was at this pivot point right here on this pivot point what happened was is both these sides right left and right they're riveted together and what it was riveted well this at these rivet points what happened was it's my foot I was doing so much work out there going over stumps and logs sent up a land nap course for search and rescue I busted one of these sides once I busted that my foot started to slip and these straps and it really started to get hard to work with so what I had to do when I was out there is I just took a piece of 550 worked it through tied it down and it got me back but if I were out there or if I was out there in a binding broke or something else broke to where I could not use this in any way or fix it which I think I can you know most most circumstances out of you 550 duct-tape whatever I got to make the snowshoe work one of the reasons being is like I said it's you're almost immobilized when you're out there you lose the snowshoe a lot of people know what I'm talking about and it's really hard to move but I do not recommend going to Costco and buying these Yukons I don't recommend buying a cheap cheap snowshoe especially if you're gonna go out there I mean even even that was my first time out on these pair of Yukons I've been out with other friends and their pairs this is the first pair I bought when they broke very first time out maybe four hours out two and a half miles BAM broke but I really like these bindings at bottom for the bindings because it's a one pull you know it's a one pull right here and it's a one pull release here which really I like a lot compared to the other snowshoes and I'll show you I've got a set of MSR Evo's and I'll show you those here in a second and what a quality snowshoe has to offer now the bottom like I was saying you got your crampons this only has a heel set at AU set still worked well but on when you see these Evo's you're you'll understand what these more crampons can do for you so anyway I don't recommend the Yukons from Costco even though they have a great binding system they are very prone to break and come loose on the rivets everything is riveted together like I said all your points they're hooking to your frame or riveted and they're in there they're weak anyway that's the Yukon I'll show you that MSR this is the MSR Evo and it's a whole plastic frame construction which I really like the MSR lightning scent is it's not a plastic frame it's actually got just kind of like not like the Yukon but it's a way way higher quality than you come plus I really like because these are made in the USA actually in Seattle Washington and they're a great quality now you're talking about a hundred and fifty dollars sometimes you don't run up to two hundred dollars for a set of these these snowshoes and why you might only go up a couple times you might want to consider maybe renting them and stead of buying them if you go up more than a couple times which I'm starting to do now I'll probably end up buying this is actually a friend set I'm probably gonna buying this I borrowed this to try it out it's a good way to go if you got a buddy that's got a good set of snowshoes try them out before before you get out there and the only thing that I mean I don't not necessarily dislike is again on the bindings these bindings are actually you pull them through and lock them down and they work great I just really like the bindings on the Yukon I wish they can incorporate it on something like this maybe that's a comment or something for the future and on these like I was stop talking about if you see here they have a really long cramp on or claw some people call them and then they have here and actually have a large toe claw get a little close-up on that it is large and definitely in charge is definitely a nice claw and when their pivot point this is another thing I really like about this shoe on their pivot point which is right here they actually have small little replaceable pins and on those pins you can replace those out and get new pins if one breaks on you can have some in your pack but it doesn't allow and this is another thing about the Yukon it doesn't allow your boot to move off to any side of the snowshoe which I really like on the Yukon with the weak pivot point which I was talking about which is here and here with that weak pivot point it allows your foot to move left or right so when you're stepping down you'll start moving side to side and it really affects your movement on the Hebo you can't do that it doesn't allow it which is really really nice I hope I can get a good shot of that but you got the pins right in here you know the nice crampons lots of traction with these now you might be thinking they're a little short you also have these steep grippers in the center here that are plastic but nice grippers now you might think they are a little short the Yukons of 250-pound rated as far as the person that goes on them these are 200-pound rated and then you add a back piece I'll show you that real quick you actually add a backplate piece which they call this the tail and when you add this piece it actually just screws on right here pops up comes right off nice and easy you just I usually you leave this piece on there because well not exactly light but I'll leave that piece on there because me and myself and my pack are over 200 pounds so I make sure that this is always on there like again your strike plate it's nice on these you've got a no left and right movement this is a great pair of snowshoes for roughly I'd say anywhere from 150 to 200 where you're going they do have the lightning ascent m/s ours that are 259 which are super super nice but again if you're going to go out once or twice make sure that you know what you're gonna get before you go out there well quick I'm just gonna go over poles this comes with the Yukon a lot of people see these probably a lot a lot of people hike with these they're the untwist pull down turn them lock them up okay I'm sure a lot of people have these out there they're fairly common fairly cheap and they work they're not a bad of course you see that these are painted again they're not they're not a bad hiking pole not a bad not bad at all but I've also had these fail on me we're either the screen mechanism breaks which isn't as critical as the actual snowshoe breaking on you but it is critical because they do help you out quite a bit when you're out there balance and everything else yeah can step it up a little bit REI sells Black Diamond these are these are really nice I actually have a bottom grip top grip and on these it's just a quick release not a lot to break not a lot of moving parts so you open that up slide it down lock it done and these and like I said again there's not a lot of moving parts to break on you so they're really easy to use once you get set you're good to go of course you know you gotta have a large baskets on when you're out there in the snow so these black diamonds are nice but you're gonna pay for them re I believe there were 100 so you know you got to be serious but you can use these not only in the snow but you can also use these just on day hikes without the snow I use I use poles sometimes on long hikes they're great for balance save some energy well you burn energy but is it there just feels good with poles going up some trails you know got your balance with heavy packs anyway that is my my snowshoe review if you have any questions or comments please comment me like I said I'm not super experienced in that realm but I do have experience as far as getting out there and actually using them I base all this stuff off of my personal experience like I said I'm not an expert in the field but I actually really like snowshoeing I'm gonna continue maybe even become an avid snowshoe er I do it for search and rescue a lot of people you know they asked me about it I've actually taught the classes on snowshoeing but still again I consider myself not an expert I just have experience in the field so if you have any any questions or comments go ahead and shoot me and I'll answer the best they can all right essential organs without Network you

Snowshoeing Review "Quality vs sub-quality"
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7 thoughts on “Snowshoeing Review "Quality vs sub-quality"

  • June 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    Good review. Thanks👍

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    Thanks for the review. I'm up here in Canada and I just ordered the evo ascent along with the extra tails should be here sometime this week. I've never done any snowshoeing and I almost ordered the same type of Snowshoe that you broke from Walmart but then I saw the MSR ones and that was a no-brainer. The other snowshoes have too many points of breakage possibilities. I'm a cyclist summer and winter up here but sometimes the snow is just a bit too deep for a mountain bike so these will be great alternative. I'm turning 68 this winter but these things keep you in shape all I need extra is a small ice fishing sled that Plano makes so I can haul some stuff behind me so I don't have to fill up the knapsack so much. Okay I just took a break from my rowing machine time to get back to work

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    That's the type of video where flashy and entertainment take a back seat to information and real talk. Great video, thanks

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    Lets go snow shoeing I got a pair of those Yukon Charlies lets go see how mine hold up.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    Check out a company called Iverson. They are located in Michigan and have a variety of styles and bindings to choose from.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    No, I have not, where would I fine some and what would be a good price? I do not have any experience in the old style snowshoes and would like to try… Well, I have used the old magnesium military snowshoes, but they are heavy!!! Let me know, and thank you for your comments.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    I haven't tried any of the new snowshoe designs. I have 3 pair of traditional shoes. The rounds, oblong and rat tail with the oblongs being my favorites because of the ease of trail breaking and how they float and weight displacement on top of the snow. They are a bit heavier because of the wood and sinue but not all that much. The rounds and rat tails are better for speed on the harder pack snow. Have you tried any of the oldstyle shoes?

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