Joint-stress Relieving Snowshoes

Joint-stress Relieving Snowshoes

Filed under: Winter 

Support us! GearJunkie may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn more.

Designed to reduce stress on your joints, Tubbs’ new FLEX ALP snowshoes can conquer steeps and deeps as well as hard-pack trails. With a “biomechanically designed” FLEX tail that absorbs heel strike, you can maintain a more fluid heel-to-toe gait no matter the terrain.

Made from thinner polypropylene than the rest of the snowshoe and using a cutout design, the tail is supportive yet flexible. That will help you trek longer and further, the company says.

The ALP has a gender-specific binding that incorporates a lift heel bar for help on ascents. With each shoe weighing about 2 pounds, the lightweight platforms cause less strain on muscles as you churn through deep snow.

Tubbs FLEX ALP snowshoe

Made primarily for the backcountry, the ALP has a toe crampon for trekking uphill and tail traction to help with the trip back down. There are “traction rails” to add stability and prevent slipping when walking sideways across a slope.

The FLEX ALP are currently available for $220.

—Ryan Dionne

Stephen Regenold
Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.