The Denali Hiker has a molded-plastic frame that incorporates traction devices on the bottom, which made for sure footing all over Hoosier Pass. Its concave shape provides outstanding flotation in deep snow. The binding on these shoes consists of three polyurethane straps over the foot and one around the heel. Each has a clever buckle that secures with just one tug. The shoe does not snap up and fling snow off its tail but can still be raised off the surface to step over obstacles. The plastic frames, however, are very noisy. But for just $99, the Denali Hiker is unequaled in value.