Unbalanced might matter to showshoe purists doing "snowshoe marathons" - in reality on real stuff, the more they float the better, and on any kind of slope, the more they grip the better.
The MSR's with tails are a good compromise for both. If I could get a bigger snowshoe that still had aggressive crampon and side grips though I would.
Were I in flatland ontario in deep powder, I'd take traditional big ones, where I am in mountains or hills, MSR's.
Edited by phat (09/26/09 12:25 AM)