Line J. Skov Snowshoes May 23rd, 2018 - 15:27:19
I need some new snowshoes and I dont know what will be the best pair for me. Thats a good question and hopefully this article will give you some answers. There certainly are a lot of choices out there for snowshoes nowadays. Its not the old wooden cat gut styles anymorebut you can still get those also. If you live in a larger city or town you could go to a sporting goods store or outdoors store and they will probably have a selection of snowshoes. This is a quick option and you can actually touch the product before you buy it. A knowledgeable sales person could certainly have you into a good pair of snowshoes quickly. Of course there are things to consider.
Hiking/Recreation Style This type of snowshoe tends to be the most popular as it is appropriate for hiking backpacking and light to moderate terrains. Recreation style snowshoes are made to be comfortable with ease of use and value as a big selling point. This type of shoe is excellent for all around use light use and the occasional hiker. Sizes This is an easier choice as there are only a few sizes of snowshoes available. They are 6x15 inches 7x18 inches 8x25 inches 9x30 inches and 10x36 inches. The smallest snowshoes are usually for children and the middle sizes are usually best for women. Your weight will also be a consideration as the heavier you are the larger size of snowshoe you will likely need. You should also consider the weight you will be with your other equipment skis snowboard backpack or other supplies you will be carrying. Bindings There are two types of bindings available the free rotation and the limited rotation. In the limited rotation style the toes do not go below the decking. In the free rotation the toes are more free. Free rotation bindings are preferred for running racing and sometimes hiking. Its best to try both styles and decide which is more comfortable for you.
Snowshoes for adults can cost anywhere from $75.00 to $250.00 depending on your taste and skill level. On the other hand kids snowshoes will be less expensive. Decide on where you will be snowshoeing. There are kids snowshoes and adult snowshoes that are designed almost exclusively for flat trails. You can get snowshoes that are designed for specific uses like running icy trails mountaineering back country etc. Unless you are very experienced or racing competitively a good quality middle of the road snowshoe will be more than adequate. Some features to look for are steel toe claws lightweight construction and possibly poles.
The sales of snowshoes is up because people are putting greater emphasis on fitness outdoor cross training and family recreation. The popularity of back country sporting in recent years like skiing snowboarding and ice climbing is also helping to promote strong snowshoe sales. Snowshoes for sale vary from shorter wider shoes to longer narrow shoes. Materials of these snowshoes are generally lightweight aluminum rubber and durable plastic. Womens snowshoes and kids snowshoes are of varied shapes. For example beaver tail snowshoes are shaped like a tennis racket and bear paw snowshoes are oval shaped. These shapes enable the snowshoer to lift up the shoes weight easily.