The Yukon Charlie’s Elite SPIN backcountry series snowshoes have rocker aluminum frames with attractive decking, Mountain Claw crampons, heel risers, and Northwave SPIN (dial) bindings all at an affordable price. In this gear review, we’ll share our experience with them and what we love about them!
Spoiler Alert: The Yukon Charlie’s Elite SPIN are the most attractive snowshoes we own and their bindings are the bomb!
What We Love
Side note: While it sounds like the snowshoes are simply doing what they should, it’s important to note that other snowshoes we’ve tried had problematic or finicky bindings that did not stay fastened or were hard to fasten/unfasten. We really enjoyed how easy the SPIN bindings were to use!
|Yukon Charlie’s Elite SPIN Snowshoes|
The integrated heel lift is easy to engage and reduces the burn in your calves when climbing uphill. Check out how in this quick 8 second video here!
|Minimal snow kicked up after one hour of snowshoeing
(in packed snow and powder)
The Mountain Claw crampons have lots of teeth to grip ice and snow. We found the traction to be great whether we were on packed snow or icy sections of the trail. We have yet to test the snowshoes on super steep inclines, but on moderate hills with packed snow/slush/powder/icy sections, I felt confident and sure footed.
|Yukon Charlie’s Elite SPIN Snowshoes
Women’s on left; Men’s on right (weird camera angle – the women’s are narrower!)
The women’s and men’s Elite SPIN snowshoes have the same main features, but when it comes to size and shape, they are quite different. The women’s snowshoes are narrower, more angular, and thereby lighter. At 120 pounds, I get good flotation from the 8×21″ women’s snowshoes. My husband is 150 pounds and found the men’s 8×25″ snowshoes to work well for him. When selecting your size, be sure to take into account your outer wear and pack weight so you get adequate flotation.
Women’s Elite Spin Snowshoe Dimensions and Weight:
- The 8×21″ are 3.8 pounds; for snowshoers up to 150 pounds.
- The 8×25″ are 4 pounds; for snowshoers up to 200 pounds.
Men’s Elite Spin Snowshoe Dimensions and Weight:
- The 8×25″ are 4.2 pounds; for snowshoers up to 200 pounds.
- The 9×30″ are 4.8 pounds; for snowshoers up to 250 pounds.
|Yukon Charlie’s Elite SPIN Snowshoes – Women’s|
What could be better
|Yukon Charlie’s Elite SPIN – Women’s Snowshoes with Carbon Trekking Poles|
Where to Buy
|These snowshoes make you wanna JUMP, JUMP!!|