LOUIS GARNEAU VICTORY SUMMIT
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