Verts are the simplest and most efficient tool for climbing in steep and deep terrain. Weighing less than 2.5 lbs, verts are small enough to fit inside most backpacks and can easily be strapped to the outside of any pack. These plastic hinge-free snowshoes compress the snow as you climb and create a staircase leading straight up to the goods. In the steep terrain verts are much more efficient than splitboards as you climb straight up to your destination rather than doubling the distance by zig zagging and putting them on an off is simple and quick. Once the staircase is set, you probably won’t even need your verts to boot back up to the top. Perfect for sessioning short steep zones or making a long ascent for a big ride back down.
Verts excel in the steep ascents but hiking through long flat sections is not as efficient as a splitboard would be. So plan your route accordingly and pick the best tool for the job. Many riders bring both on long trips to couloirs deep in the backcountry. These are heavily used by the Grassroots team, the Absinthe snowboard crew and the TGR athletes and film crews. This could be the best $90 you’ve ever spent on a backcountry tool.