Winter is fast approaching up in the north, and I'm lookiong to upgrade my snowshoes to the lightest possible package....ie. Northern Lites. I am 180 pounds, and typically carry a 15-20 pound winter pack. According to the website, I should use the backcountry model rated to 250# @ 43 oz (seems overkill). However, I am always looking to shave the ounces, so I'm hoping some of you are experienced with the northern lites/snowshoeing, as I have some specific questions.
1) Can I get away with the Elites or the Elite racers?
2) If the Elite racer (A=130in^2) is rated to 210# on harder snow and the Elite (164in^2) is rated to 175# on softer snow...is it safe to assume that because the area is larger on the elite then the elite racer, I would be able to push the elite to my weight range?
3) Is there other snowshoes that I should look into? I saw the GV Cat Trails, but the Area:weight ratio is not as appealing.
I did search a few places, including BPL but didn't find anyone in my weight range. I guess I'm looking for a person who is my size to say he uses the Elites with no problems...or someone set me straight and save me the time/money of buying 2 pairs.
Oops, I found this thread...