by Will Rietveld | 2006-01-29 03:00:00-07
The GV Snowshoes Carbon Tech definitely got our attention for pure innovation and lightweight. And the cost is less than you might think.
Photo Right: The GV Carbon Tech Solstice measures 8 x 29 inches, weighs 3.9 pounds per pair, is ruggedly built, and has a superb binding.
The frame is contoured carbon fiber, ruggedly built, and measures 8 x 29 inches, so it provides lots of floatation plus strength. On the underside it has very capable aluminum alloy crampons. The topside has the nicest ratcheting binding straps we have ever seen, and they easily work with gloved hands. The pivot system is a nylon sleeve and rod.
The business side of the Carbon Tech has long, toothy aluminum alloy crampons. The pivot hinge is a nylon sleeve and metal rod.
In spite of its carbon fiber frame, the Carbon Tech is not exceptionally lightweight at 3.9 pounds per pair. Some weight is added back from the ratcheting binding and deck material. However, they have a good balance of lightweight, high-end features, and durability.
If you want the best snowshoe technology currently available, then check out the GV Carbon Tech Solstice. The cost is only about $75 more than a regular high-end pair of snowshoes.
"GV Carbon Tech Solstice Snowshoe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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