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- MSRP: $249.99
- WEIGHT: 5 lbs. 3 oz.
- LENGTH: 25″ (64 centimeters)
- Frame: Aluminum
- Weight Load: 250 lbs.
The only thing slowing me down while in the Easton Backcountry 25 Snowshoes is the lack of snow we have here in Colorado’s Front Range. Sometimes you just got to set out a little further to have some fun, so that’s what I did. I’ve now ran these shoes through high and rough areas of the Rocky Mountains as well as wet heavy snow of the Sierra Nevadas.
At the first go I was really impressed with these shoes. For how large they are I thought they’d be a lot heavier. Don’t get me wrong at 5.3 pounds they’re a lot heavier than some of the other shoes out there, but these shoes are tough and made for heavy folks and heavy loads worry free.
My overall favorite feature on these shoes are the bindings. It’s a simple two strap canvas pull system. It fits boots large or small and is extremely accessible. The loop pull cord end make the straps a synch for tightening, which relieves you of fumbling around with plastic teeth and snap systems which most popular shoes use. Putting on a pair of Easton Backcounty Snowshoes is so simple, I’d call them the slippers of snowshoes.
The Crampons have two points of contact, the first being a pivoting piece for traction at the toes and the second is at the heel for stability and control. Both sets are equipped with large teeth that really bite down on ice and packed snow giving you really good traction points.
Another nice feature that is commonly overlooked by first time purchasers and the newbie snowshoer that leaves something to be desired is the heel lift. The heel lift is exactly what it sounds like, it’s an adjustable piece that lifts your heel. The heel lift is great for climbing steep slopes. With heel lift down you walk flat footed, which is great for the longer sections of your excursion. When faced with a climb or a steeper ascent the heel lift in place saves your calves, hamstrings, and glutes from working overtime preventing you from burning out much sooner than need be. It simply elevates the pressure of your bodies weight on your toes while climbing by lifting the entire foot from the shoe creating the desired angle. This allows you to have an aggressive forward approach while your body weight is distributed throughout your entire foot.
We’ve been pretty fortunate to test a variety of gear from Easton Mountain Products over the last few seasons. Everything they’ve thrown our way thus far has beyond exceeded our expectations. I’m excited to see what they’ll come up with next. For now though I’m more than happy to be taking the Easton Backcountry 25s with me on my adventures to Mt. Shasta, the Klamath National Forest, Crater Lake, Mt. Hood and surrounding areas over the next couple weeks. Reliable gear gets the job done, and these shoes are a great example of that.