After using these snowshoes for a winter, I decided that they weren't for me. But before you let that stop you from purchasing them for yourself, let me explain what I liked about them.MSR snowshoes are bombproof. They don't break under normal use, and I can't imagine what kind of abuse you'd have to put them through in order to damage them. The design is great for technical use. Being plastic, the same main body of the snowshoe that keeps you afloat is also molded to give you traction. The metal crampons and traction bars are aggressive enough for all snowshoeing situations. The heel lifters are absolutely essential for any sort of climbing. These snowshoes are ideal for peak bagging. But they're also amazing for recreational use as well, especially since you can add tails.The innovative bindings weren't for me. Most people I know love them. Just preference. I highly recommend giving these snowshoes a try.