Rated 5 out of 5 by FormerCountyBoy Pathfinder's
My wife had originally gotten me the Winter Walkers for my birthday in 11/11. I broke both of them on my first hike in the woods behind the house. As soon as I slogged out of the woods I got in my car and drove to Freeport. The first thing the very friendly counter person says is, ?Where did you go with them?? ?Um, the woods behind my house?? ?Yeah, those are for fields.? Sooo, into the Pathfinders I go and they worked fabulously. They?re secure and unbelievably light for 36? shoes. I covered all my favorite hunting spots to check for the deer laying up and didn?t have problem one. I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking to not take out a 2nd mortgage on snow shoes.
May 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by HeatherA Great snoshoes for a wide vareity of conditions
We have several pairs of the Pathfinder Snowshoes and they work great in a variety of conditions.
The binding fits a good range of boot sizes and once we learned how to properly use the binding...it stayed on securely and wasn't at all uncomfortable. We like the way the binding wraps the foot and feels like its hugging your foot. It is a good idea to get your hiking boot on and learn how to correctly use the binding before heading out into the cold. Over time the binding straps got easier and easier to adjust.
We often times let guest and friends use our snowshoes and the pathfinders have worked in a big range of boots. The traction clamps are ample for hiking in the hills behind our house and provide plenty of grip. Occasionally we'll take the pathfinders up local summer hiking trails and they also performed well in those conditions.
Good choice for anybody looking to explore winter hikes!
January 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ada631 Easy to secure and release bindings
I ordered these snowshoes in size for someone heavier than I and found they kept me nicely on top of the snow, yet were still easy to navigate. I chose these for the quick release bindings and found them easy to secure and to get out of - no frozen fingers fumbling with complicated buckles and hooks.
I am very satisfied.
December 28, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by WilliamW Poor binding design
I had a pair of LL Bean "Pathfinder" snowshoes for a number of years, and was perfectly satisfied with them. Unfortunately, a little over a year ago, a couple of tears started to develop in the plastic platform. I contacted Bean to find out how to repair them and was informed that there had been a recall on those snowshoes because of the platforms, and I could return them for a replacement, which I did.
Unfortunately, Bean has changed the manufacturer of their Pathfinder snowshoes to Tubbs. While the overall quality of the snowshoes seems good, the design of the Tubbs' foot bindings is far inferior to that of the previous Pathfinder model. I have now gone through one full season with these new Tubbs' Pathfinders, and after using them for the first time this year, I am again so irritated with the bindings that I am writing a review.
The first problem concerns how the snowshoe positions the ball of your foot over the hinge. The earlier Pathfinder model had a toe stop, that, once adjusted, always stopped your boot at the correct location when you slipped the snowshoe on. Straps over the top of the boot and behind the boot (both with easy-to-use snap clips) completed the binding. Once adjusted, you only had to slip your boot in and snap the rear strap and maybe one top strap closed. However, on the current model, the Tubbs snowshoes have no front toe "stop"; they hold your foot by clamping it between two side plastic bindings. Your foot is held in position over the hinge only by compression from each side, and the binding has to be uncomfortably tight in order for your foot to not slide forward.
Next, your boot is held in the bindings from the rear by an elastic band with holes in it that stretches around the back of your boot, then is secured by one of the holes being placed over a hook. Last year, this binding continually slipped down off the heel of my boot. I finally had to pull the rear strap so tightly that my feet hurt, but at least the binding (usually) stayed on. This elastic strap can't last long given the need for extreme stretching.
Finally, the design of the previous Pathfinder had two straps with clips over the top of each boot with another strap and clip
behind the heel. This allowed you to unclip the heel strap and slip your boot out, while leaving the front straps clipped. To reattach the snowshoes, slip your boot in, clip the back strap and maybe a top strap, and you're off. To remove the new Tubbs snowshoes, you have to undo both the front clamp-binding and the elastic rear strap, then, because the plastic side clamps are so stiff, it's a struggle to get your boot out. I end up standing on the back end of each snowshoe with my other foot in order to wrench my foot out of the binding. Then, to put the Tubbs on again, you have to carefully position your foot over the hinge, tightly clamp it between the stiff plastic bindings and clip the strap (it does have a nice, one-hand clip), then stretch the back strap and attach. Not convenient for me as I am in and out of my snowshoes several times a day, and not easy to do in the woods.
December 9, 2014