Not sure if this is the right place for this, so feel free to redirect me.
I want to get back into snowshoeing this year. I had a pair of old racket style military snowshoes. Worked well, but bindings left allot to be desired. Last year I bought a pair of Tubbs. Nothing special, but didn't like them. The sounded like I was beating on drum walking on hard pack with the tight plastic decking material. So now I want to bight the bullet and get something really good.
I'm about 5'8" and weight about 215 pounds dressed. I don't usually carry much with me, mostly go for the afternoon hike for excersice. Usually in the Tugg hill or Adirondack areas of Central NY. Could see anything from ice to moderate powder. Mostly through the woods, and some moderate climbing. I like to go as early and late as possible in the season, so snow is sometimes thin.
I really like the Crescent Moons Gold series 10, although I don't care for the red color, I really like the binding. Although I haven't seen them in person, and single pull binding seems nice after previous snowshoes.
I also really like the Northern Lites Rescue. Much better colors, with actual purpose to them. It would be nice to have a light pair. From the computer these seem less gimic and more real application in design. My concerns here are lack of traction and durability with aluminum crampons.
The above mentioned are my favorites, but I think the MSR lightening ascents are still in the running.
Bare in mind that I haven't seen any of these in person, but from reviews these seem like good options. Can anyone talk me into the super lite Northern lites, or should I stick with Crescent Moon's that I actually did order before discovering Northern Lites? Or other?