Tubbs Journey snowshoes are constructed from modern designs and materials. They come in 8 x 25 inch, 9 x 30 inch and 10 x 36 inch sizes and weigh 3.9 to 5.6 pounds.
An aluminum frame provides support for each shoe. Synthetic material is used for decking, which is what compresses the snow under your step.
The decking is wrapped around and connected to the frame with rivets. An adjustable binding accommodates almost any kind of boot.
The binding is attached to a rotating pivot designed to ease stepping motion, reduce snow kick up and provide some snowshoe control. Crampons underneath the toe and heel locations of a boot provide enhanced terrain grip. A flip-up bar under the heel is an option for ascending hills with reduced ankle and leg strain.
Tubbs makes recommendations about what size of snowshoe to use based on a wearer’s weight and gear, but we found great success in using models one size larger.
The snowshoes feel remarkably light when strapped on and the difference in felt weight between models was so negligible that the additional snow float from the larger surface area was worth it.
Traditional snowshoes tend to float a wearer higher on the snow than modern designs.
However, contemporary snowshoes are generally easier to put on and take off, more comfortable, lighter, more manoeuvrable and easier to maintain and store.
Snow compression is more effective because of the normally larger surface area on traditional snowshoes.
However, it requires a wider positioning of the feet when traversing, which is uncomfortable and takes time to get used to. Modern snowshoes have a narrower design, which reduces surface area and snow compression but also allows users to position their feet closer together in a more comfortable and natural walking posture.
Modern travel has eliminated much of our need for snowshoes, but they still have useful applications. Anyone who has walked through deep snow knows how physically taxing it can be over even short distances.
Acreage owners and farmers will benefit from a good pair of snowshoes when needing to attend chores in areas that are difficult to approach by vehicle.
Even areas that can be accessed by all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile may find producers working up to their knees or even hips in snow banks.
A pair of snowshoes would make working on the surface of deep snow much easier.
Spot and stalk hunters in snow would benefit from a good pair of snowshoes.
Even hunters making their way to and from blinds or stands on foot would find traversing snowy fields and trails a lot easier.
Snowshoeing is a growing sport for urban residents. People who are interested in exercising outside should consider it a fun option. Parks and trails during the winter take on a new perspective when exploring them in the winter. If you can walk, you can snowshoe.
The Tubbs Journey snowshoes are an excellent choice for beginning or intermediate owners. They provide an excellent cost-to-features balance. We enjoy ours and will continue to use them when the winter temperatures allow.
For more information, visit tubbs snowshoes.com.
Kim Quintin is a Saskatoon outdoor enthusiast and knife maker. He can be reached for column content suggestions at email@example.com.