Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 22nd, 2018 - 18:27:15
What you need to know to get started: Type of Snowshoe. Depending on your goal activity you can choose from snowshoes designed for running back country or general recreation. Most people who want to get started will buy or rent recreational shoes. Other Gear. Wear clothing that will wick away moisture such as polyester or lycra blends. Cotton is a no-no in cold weather as it gets wet and will hold moisture against your skin. Dress in layers so that you can remove clothing as you get warmer. A pair of stable waterproof hiking boots are a good bet if you are hiking. If you are running a stable trail running shoe or a lightweight day hiking shoe works best. Many people use ski poles in the same way that a hiker does- to increase energy output due to additional upper body muscle use provides stability and to decrease stress on knees ankles and feet. Use leg gators to keep snow out of your boots and keep your feet dry. Make sure you bring your water bottle and some extra food for energy along the way. Other items include first aid kit sunglasses map camera matches flashlight compass/g.p.s (if you know how to use it!) and a cell phone.
Maybe youre not a big fan of winter or it could be that its too cold or you just stay inside in the winter months because you dont know what to do with yourself outside in the snow. Skiing or snowboarding is not an option so what could you possibly do that might boost your mood and help you enjoy winter a bit more? In a word snowshoeing. This sport is growing like gangbusters and those that try it out find out what all the hub-bub is all about. You can snowshoe almost anywhere its easy to learn and the cost of equipment is not bad. Winter came seem almost fun if you get outside and embrace it by playing in the snow. Snowshoes like MSR Lightning Ascent and Atlas Elektra or Tubbs Frontiers are great options.
Snowshoes like many useful human inventions are based on the adaptations seen in nature. Animals that live in cold and snowy climates such as the snowshoe hare and the snow leopard often have oversized feet. It is their feet that allow them to move quickly and efficiently over snow without becoming mired down. The additional distributes the animals weight over a larger area preventing the feet from sinking very far. Snowshoes operate on exactly the same concept and they are just as effective. Humans have used snowshoes for thousands of years to aid in survival; today however they are popular primarily as a form of recreation.
Are you just going to snowshoe on easy trails and for short dayhikes? Or do you plan on going for longer expeditions on all kinds of varied terrain? These factors will have a lot of bearing on what type of snowshoe you will need. There are also gender specific snowshoes as well as unisex models. There are molded plastic snowshoes and tubular aluminum snowshoes with leather decks. So the choices of styles are pretty vast nowadays. A good idea before buying a pair of snowshoes is to check out a review site online. Just type snowshoe review into your search engine and see what comes up. Also if you already have a certain type of snowshoe in mind but need a more unbiased review you could also search for brand abc snowshoe review. There are also many online buying options for snowshoes and just looking through many of the offerings you could find the pair you like. I hope this helps you find your ideal pair and happy snowshoeing.