Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 22nd, 2018 - 18:43:17
Hiking is a lot of fun but most hikers hang up their hiking shoes when the bad weather starts and wait for spring. But if you just cant wait to get back out and hiking again there is an alternative and that alternative is snowshoes. Snowshoes enable you to go hiking or walking even when there are multiple feet of snow on the ground and make it so you can enjoy the outdoors all year round. Of course hiking isnt the only thing you can do with a pair of snowshoes. Many people go on multi-day backpacking trips with them and there are even people that go running with snowshoes on. These different uses for snowshoes however means that there are different kinds and you should figure out what you want to do with your snowshoes before you buy if you dont already have a pair of them available to you.
of bleach. This is to keep bacteria from developing. If you dont the rawhide will stink after a couple of days. Doesnt affect the rawhide much but your friends will avoid you for a few days after working with this stinking rawhide. If the rawhide in not relaxed enough soak longer but add the pinesol/bleach. After relaxing the lace rinse with warm water and begin your project. Rawhide skins: The larger and thicker the skin the longer it will take to relax it. Please note no skin will ever relax to its original state (i.e. When the skin was first removed from the animal and hair was removed) It will be close but once processed into a dried skin the fibers shrink and just cannot fully rejuvenate. OK lets start with deer and elk skins. Find a container large enough to get at least half of the skin submerged.
Snowshoes as the name implies are footwears for walking over snow. Snowshoes distribute the weight of a person over a larger area so that the persons foot does not sink completely into the snow. Traditional snowshoes are made of heavy hardwood frame with leather lacings. Modern high-tech snowshoes are made of light metal such as aluminum and alloy or even of plastic. These modern snowshoes are raised at the toe for maneuverability and are generally smaller than the traditional snowshoes. Racing snowshoes and gliding snowshoes are just some examples of modern snowshoes used for movement in deep snow. Snowshoes were used some 6000 years ago as an earliest form of transportation.
They are lightweight first and foremost to make your feet as light as possible. They are also typically quite small with a minimal amount of cleats. Finally running snowshoes also typically have a spring-loaded suspension system of some kind so that they dont flop around too much and get in the way of your running gait. Finally you should know that most snowshoes are gender specific. There are a few snowshoes out there that are unisex but many that you will find are meant for one gender or the other. Besides aesthetics the main difference between male and female snowshoes is the size. Women tend to weigh less and need less weight displaced and so womens snowshoes dont need to be as big as mens. So smaller men are perfectly able to wear womens snowshoes just as long as they dont mind the more feminine paint job of most womens snowshoes.