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Redfeather Redtail Snow Shoes Review

Redfeather Redtail


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Weight
3.1 lbs.


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Review Date
February 15, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: David P ,  Day Hiker , from Vancouver, British Columbia, C

Summary:
Being introduced into this sport this winter by a good friend of mine, I never thought snowshoeing to be such a fun sport. I rented some shoes for the first few times just to get the feeling of what I wanted. Finally, I saw a pair of RedFeather Redtails on auction and quickly I bidded on it. When I got them and put them on, they are much better than the rental Atlas 1222 shoes, though the binding system definitely was a few years behind on what's available now. I have done mostly local trails on wet, dry and powder and the shoes performed very well. Once, the binding came loose and off came my foot. The next step without the shoe sunk my foot at least 6 inches deep. Yikes.. I didn't realize the shoes were that good at floatation. Climbing steep hills is a chore combined with a pair of my Black Diamond Flicklocks poles. No slipping that I can feel. Each step was firm and the talons do bite well into the ice though with a bit of effort cause I have to kick them in with my toes. Other than that, they are great for more first snow shoes.

Customer Service:
None to speak off. Never needed them..

Similar Products Used:
Atlas 1222 and Tubbs Discovery 27 (ok for mellow terrain and terrible for hills) and Taiga Works MSR copy (bad bad bindings design)


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Review Date
February 23, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: phil ullrich ,  Backpacker , from Iowa City, IA

Summary:
Nice shoes, light but sturdy, easy to use, good fit.


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Review Date
February 9, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Tim G ,  Backpacker , from New Hampshire

Summary:
I used these snowshoes on a nice packed jog, and they were very fun. I hardly noticed them, until I tried jogging without them, at which point I fell through. They are lightweight, good looking shoes, not the best binding in the world, but very fast to use, which is why they were probably used. once they were adjusted properly, they didn't come out of adjustment, and were very fast shoes. I used a pair that I borrowed from a not-for-profit group with whom I go on trips, Appalacian Mountain Teen Project, AMTP, based in Wolfeboro, NH, and plan to buy a pair of my own for next year. I'm broke now, so I need to save up.

Similar Products Used:
Redfeather Blackhawks(See my review), and some atlas snowshoes.


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Review Date
January 29, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Michael Stahler ,  Mountaineer , from Lyndonville, VT

Summary:
The Redtails are a fun snowshoe--quick, light, and easy to use. I weigh 165 ibs and use these as my "trail" shoes for snowshoeing at our local cross country ski area. These shoes are not ideal for people over 160 ibs in deep snow. I use the Black Hawks for deep snow travel. The snowshoe has clean lines and the hinge action (returning to the foot) is a great feature of all Redfeather snowshoes. The bindings, compared to my Black Hawks, are not as easy to use, but stay on better. Ideal for sneakers and small hiking boots--my Asolo 520's did not fit the small binding. I do not like the new ratchet binding the 2000 Redtails have and I do not like the new line of snowshoes because they all have ratchet bindings (which can get jammed with snow or break in extreme cold) which are heavier than the earlier heal-strap counterparts. These shoes are for a nice run or walk. They are really fun. Ideal for those either under 160 Ibs for general use, or for trail running/walking for those under 225 Ibs. These are for recreation, not mountaineering.

Similar Products Used:
Like the Black Hawks also made by 'feather, these shoes are dependable and versatile. Two downsides include wear on the decking edges and the fact that the nice paint job chips off when you hit those not so nice objects found in shallow eastern snow (i.e. rocks, stumps, etc).


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Review Date
December 15, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: ULANDT ,  Day Hiker , from FALMOUT, MA

Summary:
FAST AND COMFORTABLE! I USED THE INSULATED BINDING AND IT WORKED.

Similar Products Used:
A LARGER PAIR OF REDFEATHERS, TUBBS RECREATIONAL SNOWSHOES


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