By using plastic fittings to join the left and right sides of the tubular frames, Easton created an articulating frame that flexes slightly to keep the deck firmly attached to snowy slopes, no matter the angle of the trail. Stout forward-reaching toe claws bite into ice while climbing, and heel cleats hold firm during descents. Getting into these shoes was also a cinch, thanks to a single-linked strap. [$160; eastonmountainproducts.com]