Flexible Snowshoes Are Like Wearing Comfy Sneakers That Stop You From Sinking

A flexible soled shoe can be better for traversing rocky terrain because it contours to irregular surfaces providing additional grip. And that's the same thinking behind TSL Outdoor's new semi-rigid Symbioz snowshoes. They flex and contort to ensure as much surface area as possible makes contact with the snow on uneven terrain—and as a result they're supposedly comfier to wear than traditional designs.

The Symbioz's even use a smaller footprint, which allows snowshoers to walk with a more natural gait, making them ideal for novices. But the trade-off could mean they're less ideal for soft powder where more surface area means less sinking. On ice and hard-packed snow, however, the snowshoes could actually provide better traction and more dexterity since the spikes have a better chance of making contact with slippery surfaces. But how well they actually will perform remains to be seen, as the snowshoes aren't available just yet.

Flexible Snowshoes Are Like Wearing Comfy Sneakers That Stop You From Sinking

[TSL Outdoor via Gizmag]