I have old snowshoes which were fine for hiking in TGO when I was younger, but they are too large now for comfortable walking in TLO (The Little Outdoors), by which I mean walking up and down an unplowed 300 foot driveway and stomping down snow to make a firm surface for birdseed to supplement the birdfeeders. We expect a snowy winter here, which means a lot of trips down to my car at the bottom of the driveway and up with mail, groceries and other stuff. I also want the snowshoes to be very easy to put on and take off.
What features should I look for in a snowshoe that is adequate for the tasks described above? I am 5'9", weigh 135 pounds and am unusually strong for my age, which I am not going to tell you. However, I am not strong enough to enjoy postholing down a long driveway or to stomp down the driveway comfortably in my old 30 inch long Sherpa snowshoes, which are a pain to put on.
The logical question is "why not get the driveway plowed?" It may come to that, but I would prefer not to, mainly because I do not want to drive down and up a steep, narrow, icy driveway with a 15 foot drop on one side and because, well, because. Also, a plow really messes up a gravel driveway.
Addendum to make Q more TGO-ish: Such a snowshoe would be useful for hiking on snowy trails for people who do not want to manipulate (pedipulate?) large snowshoes. I'd probably use them to take short hikes in Great Falls National Park or on the trails at Scott's Run and Difficult Run.