Tubbs WOMEN’S FLEX NRG SNOWSHOE

(Provided for this review free of charge by TUBBS)

FLEX NRG SNOWSHOE

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Review by Stacey Drake

Manufacturer: Tubbs Snowshoes

  • Model: FLEX NRG 22
  • Dimensions: 8” X 22” (available in one size)
  • Weight (pair): 3.8lbs (measured 4.39 lbs)
  • Surface Area: 151 sq in
  • MSRP: $US 179.95

Manufacturer’s description:

The FLEX NRG is the gold standard for ergonomic comfort. The patented Soft Strike™ zone, which acts like the shock-absorbing midsole in your athletic shoes to absorb shock and reduce “footslap” noise, coupled with the biomechanically-designed FLEX Tail™ makes the FLEX NRG a dream for your joints. With the set-and-forget 180FLEX™ binding, and the FLEX Series 3D-curved Traction rails, the FLEX NRG is designed to keep you secure for your all-day treks.

Features:

Flex Tail, Torsion Deck, Rotating Toe Cord (Rotation Limiter), 180FLEX binding, Traction Rails, Soft Strike Zone, Woman’s Specific Design.

Tubbs Snowshoes are beautiful! I was instantly pleased with the look of them when they came out of the box. I’d call it slate blue with lime green accents. The base of the snowshoe is grey, with the slate blue covering the toe and the straps coming in a brilliant shade of lime green that stands out against the subtle tones of grey and blue. The left snowshoe has a sticker on the upper right toe area that portrays the breast cancer awareness ribbon, symbolizing Tubbs’ partnership with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundations. Tubbs’ has donated nearly $1 million to breast cancer awareness through their Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer fundraising snowshoe walk and race.  So not only will these shoes look good with my favorite snow outfit, but I can feel good knowing that I am supporting an agency that gives back to such an important cause.

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These snowshoes are specifically designed to fit women.  The bindings are narrow and easy to adjust and work nicely with my women’s boots (size 9) which are narrower than men’s. The 180FLEX bindings made it super easy to put my boot right where it was supposed to be, with the ball of my foot directly over the rotating toe cord. I can set the heel strap to fit my boots and forget about it, only adjusting the easy – pull binding straps (in lovely lime green) each time I snap my boot right in the shoe. Since I’ve only snow-shoed once before with rented snowshoes, these shoes feel lighter than I expected. They come with a sturdy and wide Velcro strap that holds them together for easy packing and carrying.

I’m looking forward to getting out there in the deep snow and putting these shoes to use! Luckily, there has been quite a bit of snow in the local mountains (Eastern Cascades, Washington) over the last few weeks, so I plan to get out there on the trails and back roads several times over the next three months while reviewing these snowshoes.

Update March 2 2011

A few days after Christmas brought new snow and a prime opportunity to try out my new snowshoes.  Choosing a fire service road in the mountains that had yet to be plowed allowed the shoes to be put to the ultimate test right away.  Adjusting the shoes to fit my bulky snow boots was not difficult, even in the 17 degree temperatures and blowing wind.  The heel buckle can be done with one hand once your boot is firmly in place.  The toe buckle takes two hands, first loosening the straps to fit over the toe and then cinching the strap tight to keep your shoe in place.

As we headed up the snowy road, I could immediately appreciate the quality of the snowshoes.  Despite the deep snowdrifts, I was able to walk with a normal gait, due to the flexing mid section of the snowshoe.  My feet seemed to bounce on the top of the deep snow.  It felt as if I was walking on marshmallows, with my shoes only sinking a couple of inches into the snow as I took each step.  We walked for over 3 hours that day.  When we returned to the truck, I was surprised at how easy it was to release my boots; it only took one hand to let loose the strap over the toe.

I chose a groomed snowshoe/cross country trail for our second venture with my new snowshoes so that I could contrast the use of the shoes on this different terrain.  The snow was quite crusty on the day we hiked due to a warm weather spell a few days prior to the freeze the night before.  Because I had already adjusted the heel strap to my boots once, all I had to do was adjust the toe strap to put each snowshoe on.  It was again so easy to get them on!  As we traveled up and down the sometimes steep trail, I was the only member of my family that didn’t have to adjust or put back on my snowshoes.  My Tubbs stayed put the entire 2 hour hike.  The shoes again performed well, allowing me to walk at a normal pace and gait as I hiked.

To view slide show of the Romp To Stomp event click link: RomptoStomp11_0002

Because I was so thrilled with my Tubbs snowshoes, my family decided to participate in Washington State’s Second Annual Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer in February.  What an amazing day!  Over two hundred fellow snowshoe fanatics and Tubbs lovers gathered at Steven’s Pass Nordic Center trails to raise funds to support breast cancer research, hike a 5K or 3K trail, and enjoy the celebration of breast cancer survivors and honor the memory of those we had lost to the disease.  Tubbs provided free snowshoe rentals, Luna Bar gave out free samples, and many participants wore pink costumes to celebrate the day.  Even though it rained the last 2k down the trail, it was a fabulous event!  Tubbs not only makes an incredible product in their FLEX NRG snowshoe, but they can throw quite a party for an incredible cause.

[Update 1]

RomptoStomp11_0002

A few days after Christmas brought new snow and a prime opportunity to try out my new snowshoes.  Choosing a fire service road in the mountains that had yet to be plowed allowed the shoes to be put to the ultimate test right away.  Adjusting the shoes to fit my bulky snow boots was not difficult, even in the 17 degree temperatures and blowing wind.  The heel buckle can be done with one hand once your boot is firmly in place.  The toe buckle takes two hands, first loosening the straps to fit over the toe and then cinching the strap tight to keep your shoe in place.

As we headed up the snowy road, I could immediately appreciate the quality of the snowshoes.  Despite the deep snowdrifts, I was able to walk with a normal gait, due to the flexing mid section of the snowshoe.  My feet seemed to bounce on the top of the deep snow.  It felt as if I was walking on marshmallows, with my shoes only sinking a couple of inches into the snow as I took each step.  We walked for over 3 hours that day.  When we returned to the truck, I was surprised at how easy it was to release my boots; it only took one hand to let loose the strap over the toe.

I chose a groomed snowshoe/cross country trail for our second venture with my new snowshoes so that I could contrast the use of the shoes on this different terrain.  The snow was quite crusty on the day we hiked due to a warm weather spell a few days prior to the freeze the night before.  Because I had already adjusted the heel strap to my boots once, all I had to do was adjust the toe strap to put each snowshoe on.  It was again so easy to get them on!  As we traveled up and down the sometimes steep trail, I was the only member of my family that didn’t have to adjust or put back on my snowshoes.  My Tubbs stayed put the entire 2 hour hike.  The shoes again performed well, allowing me to walk at a normal pace and gait as I hiked.

Because I was so thrilled with my Tubbs snowshoes, my family decided to participate in Washington State’s Second Annual Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer in February.  What an amazing day!  Over two hundred fellow snowshoe fanatics and Tubbs lovers gathered at Steven’s Pass Nordic Center trails to raise funds to support breast cancer research, hike a 5K or 3K trail, and enjoy the celebration of breast cancer survivors and honor the memory of those we had lost to the disease.  Tubbs provided free snowshoe rentals, Luna Bar gave out free samples, and many participants wore pink costumes to celebrate the day.  Even though it rained the last 2k down the trail, it was a fabulous event!  Tubbs not only makes an incredible product in their FLEX NRG snowshoe, but they can throw quite a party for an incredible cause.

 

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