High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
In my opinion, tubular frame snowshoes are only suited for more powder flotation, and flatter terrain, unless you are a very very strong snowshoer and your balance is great. Their crampons are not aggressive enough for the icy/hard packed snow slope. I've seen so many tubular frame snowshoe users had trouble with harsh backcountry terrain.