7 responses

  1. Scott J
    March 8, 2009

    I have these same snowshoes. They are great, and very sturdy. I will be using them this week as a matter of fact. Your right about the documentation, or lack thereof. A little confusing.

  2. George
    March 8, 2009

    I don't snowshoe, but I can imagine that those long straps flapping around woud be annoying. Instead of velcro, it looks like you coud loosly attach a zip tie (or even string) to a hole on each strap and then tuck the loose end through it. Like the loop on a regular belt that holds the loose end down. Just a thought. I wouldn't think velcro tape would hold very well after being wet from the melted snow. But then again, I live in the South where the only snow we ever see is brief and wet.

  3. BG!
    March 9, 2009

    I like the idea of getting some of these snowshoes, but I'll bet they'll cost a fortune for us UK-based folk.

    Regarding the straps: don't the black buckles (at the fixed end of the straps, on the left in the pics) slide along to allow the pointed ends of the straps to be pushed in and secured?

  4. Earlylite
    March 9, 2009

    I can't imagine why they'd cost you any more than me, except for the extra postage, but at 2lbs, that can't be that bad. $249 for the pair.

    Regarding the straps – the answer is no. They flap like that. But really, if you wear the pointed bits so they point to the outside of your foot, they stop being annoying very quickly.

    Did I say that they feel absolutely amazing because they're so lightweight. You'll feel like you can run in them.

  5. Lena
    November 30, 2009

    I have a pair of Elites – very nice snowshoes! flaps are irritating. I will try velcro-what a great idea!

  6. Shane
    February 18, 2011

    I have a pair of Elites and they are fabulous.

    Regarding the extra long straps, what I did was I cut off the extra on the pointed end. I left enough so I could use the snowshoes with my biggest boots and still have enough material to grab onto. I find that I need to crank them down very tightly – especially if I end up doing any traversing.

  7. DonB
    February 5, 2014

    I have owned several pairs of Northern Lites for 10 years, I have used them extensively and have sent several pairs back for repair (not a manufacturing issue, I just did too many miles on rocks and didn’t take them off). The company changed hands in the last few years and I found the new owner to be very easy to deal with and very customer focused.
    I have tried several other snowshoes MSR was good, a bit easier to get in and out of. But once you have used the northern lites the others seem heavy.
    I have also used Tubs and feel they are more suited for the budget minded person that is buying them to leave at the ski house for others but never get used much.

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