I have recently seen that there seems to be a new outdoor gadget: inflatable snowshoes.
As an engineer I can't help but immediately see a whole array of possible problems which could arise when using (or manufacturing) these things... Which makes me question how well they hold up in a comparison to actual snowshoes. But then again, these seem to be marketed for outdoors people and priced quite steeply - so maybe there is something I'm missing?
Frankly, I just have a hard time imagining that strapping miniature rubber dinghies to your boots would do you much good in any except for the most optimal circumstances.
Has anyone any experience with such products? How do they compare to the "real thing"?