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Louis Garneau Freeshape FX Apex II Snowshoe - 2009 BCS
Hit the backcountry running with Louis Garneau's Freeshape FX Apex II Snowshoe. The Apex II is built for speed with a 7075 T-6 frame and crampons for light weight and unmatched durability.
- Asymmetrical Freeshape design gives you a comfortable, natural stride
- 3D backcountry molded harness with EVA padding for comfort
- Ultra-Lightec Deck material is durable and flexible up to -40 degrees Celsius
- 7075 T-6 aluminum frame is lighter and stronger than other aluminums
- 7075 T-6 aluminum crampons are stiff, lightweight and offer excellent ice penetration
- Built-in heel risers reduce fatigue on climbs
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January 27, 2011
I've used these snowshoes a few times now and have been able to compare them to my MSR Denali Ascent Evo's.
Compared to my denalis, these obviously have less aggressive grip to them, but they flex a bit more which makes sidehilling much more comfortable. Taking on uneven or lumpy consolidated snow is a joy in these because they will give a bit as compared to the denali's which will lock onto some piece of snow with a death grip and tweak my legs and knees at an awkward angle. I much prefer these for simply walking along in the snow.
Also, the heel risers are much shorter than on the MSRs, that's good and bad, depending on how steep a slope you are ascending. Under 30 degrees - these shoes win. 31+ degrees and I'd rather have the MSRs. Possibly the biggest difference I noticed is the braking while going down is much more aggressive in the MSRs, but that's always the case with Denali's compared to other Sshoes.
Bottom line is I really enjoy the comfort and walking-friendly design on these shoes. If the elevation gain/loss is not severe and it's going to be walk in the woods these are fantastic. If things get serious and steep ups and downs are in the forecast I opt for the denalis.
December 29, 2010
During an Adirondack bushwhack, these shoes bit into all sorts of variable terrain, ice, rocks, etc with no complaint. They went rock-to-rock on stream crossings, and I kept them on for much of the way up a fairly icy slide on E. Dix. The heel bars were nice and made a noticeable difference for the way up.
On the way back down, I had some increasing foot discomfort as my boots slid forward in the snowshoes; the snowshoe straps were effectively cinched down tighter and tighter on my foot, causing some notable discomfort by the end (we descended for roughly 3 hours). I will hopefully be able to rig up another strap to hold my foot forward and reduce that discomfort for future hikes.
Of final and important note, I've found that the under-foot crampons on the shoes were bent slightly on the trip. Not so mangled as to be ineffective, but certainly a bit concerning. I contacted Louis Garneau right away, and they've been very responsive, offering to replace my pair and pass my concerns on to the designer of the shoe. Hopefully the next pair won't see damage so quickly, but if they do, I have confidence that, based on their first response, that LG won't hang me out to dry.
December 5, 2010
Took these snowshoes out for a hut trip over thanksgiving break, and the heel riser broke on the first day (I was under the max recommended weight by about 20lbs). The metal on the footbed where the heel riser attaches sheared right off on one of the snowshoes; no way to repair it. It may have just been bad luck and there was a flaw in the metal there, the other one held up fine.
Aside from the heel riser breaking, I was pretty pleased with the snowshoes. Good flotation and traction on steep slopes. The bindings are easy to use even with gloves on, and seemed pretty secure. Had the heel riser not broken, I would have been happy with them, although at the full price I would probably go with some MSR ascenders instead.
Luckily backcountry.com has great service, and allowed me to exchange the broken snowshoes for some MSR snowshoes for a bit of a discount, so 5 stars for backcountry.com.
- Frame Material:
- 7075 T-6 Aluminum
- Binding Material:
- Crampon Material:
- Deck Material:
- Binding System:
- Twin Clip-Light buckle system
- Snowboard Boot Compatible:
- Recommended User Weight:
- [25in] 80-160lb (36-72kg); [30in] 100-200lb (45-91kg)
- Recommended Use:
- Backcountry access
- Manufacturer Warranty:
- 1 Year