Rated 5 out of
Excellent snowshoes for all-terrain useI bought my Blizzard II snowshoes in January 2016 even though we didn't have any snow on the ground. We eventually got enough that I was able to use them, and all I can say is these are some GREAT snowshoes.
The bindings are super comfortable, super secure, and super easy to get into and out of. They fit all sizes of boots, from my Keen Koven Polar boots I use for local treks in milder weather to my huge Sorel Conquests for subzero temps and deep snow. The control is excellent, with the snowshoes tracking well and not feeling loose on the feet. I wasn't too sure about the BOA closure when I first saw it; it looked fragile with its thin cables and small knob. It didn't take long before I was sold on it for its speed, adjustability, and compatibility with gloves. Pressure is spread evenly over your foot, and the snowshoes fit perfectly like your favorite pair of hiking boots.
Traction is excellent on loose and compacted powder. Toe crampons have 7 large, spade-shaped points that dig in and hold even in icy crust, and the modified V-shaped heel crampons provide effective braking. On ascents, descents, and traverses, footing is very secure and extra care doesn't have to be given to foot placement. Flotation is about what I'd expect given that my weight is near the upper limit for the size - I sink, but not excessively so, thanks to the large surface area.
I found the snowshoes to be very rugged; thanks to a very light snowfall last year there were a lot of fallen branches, rocks, and roots to step on and trip over, yet the decking is intact and the frame is straight and remarkably scratch-free. The black, grey, and lime green colors are very attractive without being gaudy. I like the striped, graphic-free deck.
I like these Blizzard II snowshoes better than the Tubbs I've used for the previous 3 or 4 winters, and have absolutely nothing bad to say about them. Louis Garneau has a very impressive product here, and I recommend the Blizzard II snowshoes with absolutely no reservations.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of
I'm a Novice, but they seemed to work wellI have only tried this pair of snowshoes, so I have nothing to compare them to. That said, they were relatively easy to attach to my daypack and when I got to snow and put them on, the binding system was very simple and easy to adjust. They are also easy to take off. I slid more than I expected, especially considering the idea was that the "crampon" base would prevent sliding. The snow I was in was not powder and was packed fairly well, and wet (think afternoon spring skiing). The base is a smooth plastic, so has no grip and only the built in crampon" will do much to prevent sliding. The footplate floats very well and I was able to get footing on slopes at all angles.