So, I'm thinking of going out for my first snow shoe expedition in the New Year. Probably be in Conn/Mass at first, so no technical terrain, long flatish forest trails, but with some limited steep ups & downs and occasional small river crossings. I wear GoLite StormDragons or New Balance sneakers for three seaon hiking, so ideally would continue using these but with a good snow gaiter.
Friend of mine recommended Tubbs Flex snow shoes, and they have them in LL Bean at the store right here in town. I've read that they're great shoes but not the lightest... They need to be good starter shoes, with a budget around $150, but I'd like them to last me a few years, at least! Any advice or guidance would be much appreciated!