When pushing deep into the Colorado backcountry for a winter trip, the Xpedition easily floated the biggest hikers with the heaviest packs. The lightweight but strong frame features a taper that helps eliminate "cross-stepping" – you won't catch one shoe with the other – while the heel and toe crampons rip into snow and ice for a slip-free grip whether moving uphill or down. [$240; tubbssnowshoes.com]