So many things distinguish the winter person from the weaker members of the community. IQ. Dashing good looks. The ability to use base-layer in a sentence. Of course, non-winter people don't even own snowshoes, much less ones of this caliber. These folks are missing the game. Shoot, they don't even know there's a game going on. Say something about this pair of shoe's impressive flotation in the deepest snow and you might as well be talking in code. Which you kind of are. The Explore features Hawk high quality stainless steel crampons for super strength. Aggressive toe and heel design ensures maximum purchase with each step on all terrains. It is powder coated to shed ice and snow. A 6000 series aluminum frame with a Western roundtail design provides maximum flotation. Decking is made from TX 35 Ripstop for superior puncture and abrasion resistant material that stays soft in sub zero temperatures. The Control is a rugged, secure binding which features a solid polymer heel plate, semi-rigid injection-molded polyurethane toe and heel frames for superior lateral support. It also features quick-adjust nylon webbing to secure foot in frames, and a flexible urethane heel strap which stretches to hold heel of boot securely. Pivot Rod hinge allows tail of shoe to stay down during stride, keeping the tips up for greater stability. Ideal for use in deeper snow. Red Feather quality is no secret.