Redfeather Stride Snowshoe Review
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We recently tested out the Redfeather Stride 25 snowshoes on 3 to 6 hour bouts of exploration near Mt Evans and Berthoud Pass in Colorado. The Stride is a women’s specific snowshoe that was not only incredibly light and easy to put on, but also extremely responsive. The Stride comes in two lengths, 21 inches and 25 inches; sizing of snowshoes is based on the weight of the wearer, with gear, and the conditions that you may face. Our tester was 5’9” and weighed 140 lbs. with a pack on, she felt that the 25’s were a perfect fit and allowed a natural stride and excellent traction on 45-degree slopes thanks to the Sure-Grip crampon system that dug into the pitch of the trail. The Stride has a nylon webbing strapping system that simplifies putting on snowshoes; our tester was able to leave her mittens on and get a nice tight fit on the two upper cross straps and buckle the rear boot strap. We did have to re-tighten the straps occasionally while hiking, but were pleased with the overall hold that the straps provided and their ability to limit lateral movement of your foot within the snowshoe. The Balanced Live-Action Hinge really made walking in these shoes easy for all ages and abilities. The hinge works by lifting the tail of the shoe up and out of the snow, which provides added mobility and less energy usage. Overall, the Stride is a versatile, lightweight snowshoe that provided great flotation and traction in a variety of trail conditions. We recommend this shoe for women who are tired of wearing their husbands’, boyfriends’, or best buddies old snowshoes. For more information on the Redfeather Stride Snowshoe, please visit www.rei.com/redfeather or www.amazon.com/redfeather.