TUBBS FLEX VRT
OUR TAKE With a wide heel riser offering 19 degrees of lift—the most of any we tested—the Flex VRT propelled us up high-angle terrain with ease. “On a climb of 14,265-foot Quandary Peak in Colorado, the lift prevented me from succumbing to calf burn on 25-degree slopes,” one tester says. (The mechanism is easy to operate with poles.)
THE DETAILS A six-tooth, carbon-steel toe crampon claws into snow—even windblown crust—and toothed rails add traction for heading up, down, or sideways. The Flex’s narrow design prevents awkward steps, while the cutouts in the tail eliminated balling. Drawback: Flotation is mixed in deep snow with medium loads.
TRAIL CRED “I slid into the binding as easily as into a snowboard binding and clamped down the entire front of my foot with a twist of the Boa dial, fuss-free,” one tester reports. $260; 4 lbs. 8 oz. (24 inches); 24 inches, 28 inches; tubbssnowshoes.com