Hope you're week is going well. I've posted my FR for the TSL Easy
Escape Snowshoes .
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Since my initial report, The TSL Escape Easy Snowshoes have carried me
across roughly 15 miles (24.15 km) of snowy back country terrain. During
an attempt at La Plata Peak I encountered deep snow that was 5 inches
(12.70 cm) to 24 inches (61 cm) in depth and could be classified as
powder. Terrain angles encountered were estimated to be between 0 and 45
degrees. Elevation gain for this trip was close to 3800 ft (1158 m) and
ranged from 10000 ft (3048 m) to 13800 ft (4206 m). The weather
conditions started out cold and sunny, but rapidly deteriorated above
13000 ft (3962 m). Temperatures ranged from 15 F (-9.43 C) to 30 F
(-1.10 C) with winds in excess of 50 MPH (80.47 KPH). During another
excursion I snow shoed the Crags Trail on the back side of Pikes Peak.
The snow was hard packed and the terrain angles were estimated to be
between 0 and 20. Elevation gain was around 1500 FT (457 M). Sunny
conditions made for a perfect day with temperatures around 25 F (-3.88
C) with a slight breeze between 15 MPH (24.14 KPH) to 20 MPH (32.19 KPH)
on an exposed ridge. Other trips included short jaunts where snowshoes
were needed only for nominal portions of the hike.
During the ascent of La Plata Peak I had an opportunity to test these
snowshoes on a variety of terrain. As I left the trail head the
landscape was primarily flat and had around 5 inches () of freshly
fallen snow. Right away these snowshoes proved to be comfortable to
wear. The combination of the hourglass design and the light weight
material made snow travel significantly easier. As I began to encounter
rocks, roots, logs and ice, maneuverability wasnât a problem.
After an hour or so I began to ascend a steeper portion of the mountain.
A few times I stopped and adjusted the bindings to suite the terrain as
well as engaged the heel lifters. I found that all necessary adjustments
and modifications came easily and didnât take a lot of time. The
heel lifters certainly made a difference in reducing muscle fatigue,
especially around calves. Once above tree line, I had to navigate
through a boulder field, which is usually problematic. After a short
distance I remembered that the heel of the shoe could be locked to the
deck to keep it from swinging. I locked the heel in the down position
which allowed me to have a higher level of precision with foot
While hiking the crags trail on the back side of Pikes Peak, the terrain
was mainly flat but contained a few sections that had moderate elevation
gain. For this hike the snow was about 3 inches (7.62 cm) in depth and
predominantly hard and packed from travelers. On the flatter terrain the
toe cleat is positioned in such a way that it doesnât really dig
into the snow but more rests on top of it. The crampon pins, however,
supply enough touch points to keep from slipping. The toe cleat is
certainly more useful in steeper terrain.
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TSL 227 Escape Easy.
All in all I found the TSL Escape Easy Snowshoes to be durable,
comfortable and easy to use. These snowshoes can be considered slightly
aggressive and seem to be geared more for steeper windswept terrain
rather than deep powder. On fresh powder these shoes provided a little
less flotation than I was expecting, but seeing the maneuverability
advantages brought by a narrower design, I would say they function
adequately. The toe cleat and steel crampon spikes provide superb
traction especially on hard crunchy snow. Another key feature that I
found to be an asset was the ability to make full adjustment to the
binding and foot bed in the field without a lot of time or effort. Also,
the âEasy-Upâ technology functions as stated, and is truly
easy to use. The composite material provides a flexible yet strong deck
that seems to hold its own.
As I continue to travel the back country with the TSL 227 Escape Easy
Snowshoes, I look forward to further exploring how they handle the
various terrain and conditions. This concludes my Field Report, please
check back for my Long Term Report in April.
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