Steep and deep? No problem.
Louis Garneau designed its Men's Blizzard Snowshoe for steep ascents so you can get to the summit and back before dinner. Its sturdy Contour frame keeps you light on your feet so you can cover miles faster, and its optimized surface area and easy snow-shedding ability give you a natural stride in deep powder.
The Freeflex pivot provides excellent shock absorption and free foot rotation on the axle for an efficient stride. Traxion HCS carbon steel front crampons offer multidirectional traction for reliable traction on everything from powdery approaches to icy steeps. The Contact harness system utilizes Boa technology to helps you lock in the perfect fit with the twist of a dial so you don't have to deal with pesky straps, and it cinches across any shoe whether its a hiking boot or a snowboard boot. Louis Garneau added EVA padding to prevent any discomfort during all-day excursions.
Lightec decking remains flexible in temperatures as low as -40F for ideal performance regardless of the weather, and the Connect fastener system attaches the deck to the frame to enhance durability and boost the snowshoe's lateral traction over uneven terrain. The Gradient heel riser reduces the distance of each step to minimize calf fatigue when you're climbing steep slopes.
- Contour 6061-T6 aluminum frame
- Contact harness with Boa fit system
- Connect fastener system
- Lightec decking
- FreeFlex pivot
- Gradient heel riser
- Multi-directional Traxion HCS carbon steel crampons
- Q & A
I weigh about 180 but will sometimes be packing about 20 lbs on my back. Should I go with the 825 or the 930
Hi Clint, I think that you can definitely go with the 825 as long as you are going to stay under that 220# mark. If you go over that limit on the 825 you're going to have some sinking issues and you're gonna have a bad time. That being said, the 930s would still work for you at your weight, with or without a pack, and would allow you to load up for longer treks if need be. If you have any other questions, please let me know and I'll get you taken care of. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead
Great snowshoes for all conditions
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought my Blizzard II 1036 snowshoes in January 2016 even though we didn't have any snow on the ground. We eventually got enough that I was able to use them, and all I can say is these are some GREAT snowshoes.
The bindings are super comfortable, super secure, and super easy to get into and out of. They fit all sizes of boots, from my Keen Koven Polar boots I use for treks in milder weather to my huge Sorel Conquests for subzero temps and deep snow. The control is excellent, with the snowshoes tracking well and not feeling loose on the feet. I'm very impressed with the BOA closure for its speed, adjustability, and compatibility with gloves.
Traction is excellent on loose and compacted powder, and the crampons punch through icy crust as well. On ascents, descents, and traverses, footing is very secure and extra care doesn't have to be given to foot placement. Flotation is about what I'd expect given that my weight is near the upper limit for the size - I sink, but not excessively so, thanks to the large surface area.
I found the snowshoes to be very rugged; thanks to a very light snowfall this year there were a lot of fallen branches, rocks, and roots to step on and trip over, yet the decking is intact and the frame is straight and remarkably scratch-free. The black, grey, and lime green colors are very attractive without being gaudy. I like the striped, graphic-free deck.
I like these Blizzard II snowshoes better than the Tubbs Mountaineer 36s I've used for the previous 3 or 4 winters, and have absolutely nothing bad to say about them. Louis Garneau has a very impressive product here, and I recommend the Blizzard II snowshoes with absolutely no reservations.
Louis Garneau Blizzard II Snowshoe - Men's
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I am pretty stoked that I made the right choice in buying these bad boys! I am a bigger dude 230lbs. so I went with the Size 10x36. I feel that I should have gone with the suggested 9x30 for my weight, but they were out of stock. These things crush!!!!!! They crush hills with the Heel risers and running down hill in the Powder makes me giggle like a school girl. They are super light. My wife has some Tubbs in 22 in. and they are hevier than my 36 in Blizzards II. The Boa system is awesome and fast!! Just writing about the Louis Garneau Blizzard II Snowshoe - Men's makes me want to get out and explore. if you are thinking about buying, Do it!!! Worth every penny!