Louis Garneau Vector UX Zenith Snowshoe
Travel safely and efficiently from the snowy trailhead to an icy summit with the Louis Garneau Vector UX Zenith 824 Snowshoe strapped to your hiking or winter boot. A multidirectional Split Jaw front crampon and rear V-Rail crampon plunge into hard snow and ice on the upper mountain, while the U-shaped polymer frame and deck keep you buoyant for the soft snow in the wooded valley. A mitten-friendly Twin Clip Light binding secures you to this lightweight shoe with a stretchy double belt, which resembles a ski strap.
- Ultraflex Pivot system absorbs shock, rotates on an axle, and features a rotation controller so the shoe swings back into position without banging your shin as you take a step
- Backcountry 3D-molded harness includes EVA padding and matches your footís shape for more cushioned steps on hardpack
- V-Rail crampon under your heel provides extra security when ascending, descending, or traversing icy slopes
- Snowfree Surface design sheds snow from the deck so you can travel light through the woods
- Heel riser boosts your heelís resting height, so the shoe stays flush with the snow and so your calf doesnít stretch out as you ascend
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November 27, 2013
I took these out on Mt Rainier last week and they were great...until I extended the heel risers 20 minutes into the trip. For reference, I am 175lbs and had a 40lb pack during the ascent and wasn't "jumping" in them to increase impact force.
The polymer frame supporting the metal heel risers is not sufficiently built or reinforced to withstand the pressure from the thin, metal heel riser pressing into it. This resulted in the polymer base "giving out" and allowing the heel riser to flatten back against the heel plate, effectively diminishing the benefit of a heel riser. Epic failure for sustained steepish terrain.
On a good note, the traction system on the shoe is excellent. I had zero issues slipping/sliding at all angles.
Overall, I cannot recommend these snowshoes, or in general, ones with polymer decks where a metal heel riser presses into it (if mountaineering is in your future). This area NEEDS to be reinforced with a metal receptacle OR the deck needs to be made of metal. These snowshoes would be fine for moderate terrain or extremely lightweight individuals.
- Frame Material:
- molded polyner
- Binding Material:
- Crampon Material:
- Deck Material:
- molded polymer plastic
- Binding System:
- twin clip light
- Snowboard Boot Compatible:
- Recommended User Weight:
- 824 [ ] 75 - 200 lb
- Recommended Use:
- winter hiking, trekking
- Manufacturer Warranty:
- limited lifetime