So why buy the great expensive snowshoes? What advantage does a premium snow shoe have over a costco cheapie? At this point I'm questioning my need to have the best of everything. Good enough usually is, except in skis.
One argument would be that you'd break down 5 costco cheapies while single premium 'shoe would still be good. Not to mention things like performance etc. In life you get what you pay for. It also comes to personal preferences; for you in skis "good enough is not good" - because skiing mattered.
I do agree though that when you are just testing the waters, cheapie might make more sense. But then I'd rent something once or twice & decide after. In general, if you can afford, it is usually better to go for quality