The Tubbs Adventure series of snowshoes are designed for general recreational hiking and backcountry activities.
These Adventure snowshoes are constructed with modern materials (aluminum frames, synthetic decking) and are an improvement over the traditional bent-wood-and-sinew designs.
The aluminum cleats or teeth are positioned at the toe and heel. The front teeth will break the surface and give better traction in a variety of snow conditions and terrain.
The Tubbs Adventure 25 has a Rotating Toe Cord which lets the foot step freely while distributing the entire body weight on the surface of the snowshoe. This allows for a much more fluid stride...not the typical "stomping" movement.
The binding on the Tubbs Adventure 25 has these lateral "Control Wings" to keep the foot center on the snowshoe. The goal is to give the user better control and more balance while walking the slope of a hill.
The straps will adjust to fit a variety of boots. Once adjusted, the quick release buckle at the instep will let the user easily get in and out.
Many of the parts were riveted on and will not loosen out on the trail. However, if they do fail, there will not be much the user will be able to do to fix it.
We'll have to get these out on the snow before we can comment on the float, but it has been our experience that nothing works in deep fluffy snow. However, we would be very interested in how these snowshoes perform on packed trail, in the brush, and going up and down hills... and oh yeah, we'll also keep our ears perked and will comment on the noise factor as well.
For answers to these and other questions, check back at the end of December when we'll have had a chance to take them out and put them to the test!