LOUIS GARNEAU VIC­TORY SUM­MIT

Backpacker - - Snow Safety -

OUR TAKE With 20 inches of fresh snow laid out be­fore her and 40 pounds—in­clud­ing a child—on her back, our New­found­land, Canada, tester was happy to have the Vic­tory Sum­mits on her feet. “I never sank more than 4 inches, which kept the 10-mile hike from be­com­ing a suf­fer­fest,” she says. The snow­shoe’s deck­ing has min­i­mal cutouts—the tail is al­most solid— which, com­bined with a light metal frame, lets the Vic­tory Sum­mit float in the soft stuff.

THE DE­TAILS The frame is stiff, so this ’shoe isn’t great at side­hilling in firmer snow. Four mas­sive toe cram­pons dig into ice well, but the heel cram­pons are smaller and not as ef­fec­tive in icy ter­rain. The bind­ing is made of rub­ber that stays flex­i­ble in cold temps, but its pli­a­bil­ity can make it feel un­sta­ble on up­hills.

TRAIL CRED “The Vic­tory Sum­mit’s rel­a­tively light weight was a leg-saver on days spent go­ing up and over huge drifts,” our Canada tester says. $240; 4 lbs. (25 inches); 25 inches, 30 inches; garneau.com

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