Yukon Charlie’s 825 Pro II Series Women’s Snowshoes & Trekking Poles • Snowshoe Magazine

Photo courtesy of Yukon Charlie’s.

There is no doubt that one of the biggest improvements in snowshoe design recently are the bindings. I started snowshoeing about 10 years ago, and the only thing I didn’t like about the sport was putting the equipment on my feet and making sure everything stayed in place.

The Yukon Charlie’s 825 Pro II series women’s snowshoes have a Fast Fit binding that makes it easier to enter the shoe, even with gloves on. The bindings are also easy to adjust and come off simply by pulling the strap to the side.

When I first tried on the shoes, it took a little while for me to realize the importance of positioning my heels in the center of the back scarring plate. If my boots were too far forward, the toe side would stick to the front lip of the snowshoes with every step.

All-season hiking and snowshoe poles

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Once my heels were in the right spot, I loved the way the bindings held my boots in place as I made my ascent through unbroken snow to Meadow Mountain outside of Minturn, Colo.

One of my favorite features on snowshoes, especially on steep slopes, is the heel lift, which keeps the heels in place to help the calf muscles tire on the climbs.

On this rigorous mountain hike, I really noticed and liked the light weight of the Pro II snowshoes (around four pounds for a pair) and the V-shaped tail allowing for a natural stride with every step.

This multi-hour session was made more durable with the use of Yukon Charlie aluminum trekking poles. I hadn’t matched the length of the poles to me until I was at the trailhead, and found the Fast Lock system to be both intuitive and quick to adjust.

Carbon Lite hiking and snowshoe pole

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The three-piece poles are lightweight and easy to compress and pack into a bag (like the handy carry bag that comes with the racquets). The soft rubber grip was easy to grip with gloves and with bare hands.

The snow baskets at the end of the poles were great for keeping the ends of the poles firmly pressed into the top of the snow. I lost one of my snow baskets on the way up (I didn’t check how tight it was on the pole), but then found it on my descent and screwed it back firmly to the base of the post.

For an even lighter experience in your hands, try the Carbon Lite hiking and snowshoe poles from Yukon Charlie. They are 100 percent carbon fiber, strong, and feature an easy locking system for quick adjustments. The light weight of the poles makes them easy to carry in your bag, or even carry in your hands when your snowshoe ride turns into a race.

For more information on Yukon Charlie’s, visit http://yukoncharlies.com.

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