A link to my LTR in the test folder and text below.
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
During the long-term testing period I used the TSL 227 Escape Easy snowshoes
three more times. I revisited my area hiking trails, this time under different
Mt. Tom is 1350 ft (411 m) tall. The summit was reached by a 1 mi (1.6 km)
trail with a 650 ft (198 m) gain in elevation. I hiked a total of 3.5 mi (5.5
km), with a 10 lb (4.5 kg) pack. The temperature was 30 F (-1 C), on a clear
day with a light breeze. The trail was crusted over after thawing the day
before. The layer of ice varied in thickness. On some sections I walking on
rough surfaced ice. On others I broke though to snow.
Mt. Peg is 1100 ft (335 m) tall with a 380 ft (116 m) gain to reach the top. I
traveled 6 mi (9.5 km) with a 10 lb (4.5 kg) pack. The temperature was 45 F (7
C) and sunny. The trail varied from well packed to unbroken. The snow was soft
The Pogue is a small pond at 1240 ft (378 m) of elevation, with 1440 ft (439 m)
look out point above. The trails vary from very steep to very gentle through
dense pine and maple forest. I hike 8 mi (13 km) with a 10 lb (4.5 kg) pack.
The temperature was 55 F (13 C) and sunny. The snow was soft and wet. On areas
of the trail with direct sunlight the snow patchy. Under the trees the snow
still several inches deep.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
During long-term testing the Escape Easys performed almost the same as during
field testing. There were two exceptions, the toe binding and toe cleat.
While hiking Mt. Tom I made adjustments to the amount of tension on the toe
binding. A minimum amount of tension caused my foot to move in the binding. A
maximum amount of tension caused the same discomfort mentioned in my field
On my next hike on Mt. Peg I set the toe binding until it was snug. Then I
varied the amount of tension to the ankle binding. With the ankle binding
rather tight, it minimized the strain on my toes. My foot stayed comfortable
for the remainer of the hike.
I then sougth out the steepest terrain I could find. I played around with
different techniques of stepping uphill. In the wetter snow I did not
experience as much loss of traction. I felt the toe cleat bite into the snow
and hold best when kicking my toe into the hill as I stepped up. I think this
could resolve some of the traction problems I had during field testing. However
the wet snow versus dry snow is the biggest variable as far as traction goes.
When hiking to The Pogue and the look out, I enjoyed what was going to be my
last day playing in the snow. I did my best to stay on snow while avoiding the
mud and rock patches. The Escape Easys did find several rock but felt solid
each time. Being almost entirely plastic, I feared major damage. The only
evidence of the abuse was minor scratches.
Several key features stand out making the Escape Easys a noteworthy snowshoe .
The hourglass shape, the Easy-Up heel lift and the ratchet binding all made my
shoeing experience more enjoyable. Each of these features worked well on its
own, as well as an overall system. My ability to cover winter terrain was
increased with the Escape Easys.
All parts and the snowshoe as a whole have held up well. The only signs of wear
are minor cosmetic scratches in two places. There are scratches on the tops of
the snowshoes from the few times I miss stepped. And on the bottoms when rocks
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I will definitely be using the TSL 227 Escape Easy's next winter. They have
earned a place among my winter gear.
This concludes my test series. I would like to thank TSL Outdoor and
BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test the 227 Escape Easy snowshoe.
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