Mie J. Damgaard Snowshoes May 23rd, 2018 - 15:27:49
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.
Look for fleshing cuts on the back side of the skin when laying out your pattern. These thin areas can break through when the rawhide is drying. Also brands can be a problem. Darker rawhide is stronger than light lighter spots usually have a higher fat content and can be weaker. A thought for drum makers. I have cut my pattern out while the rawhide is dry then soak just that piece. If you do decide to soak the whole skin and either have scraps left over or find you do not have time to work with the rawhide right away just place it in a plastic bag and freeze. Thaw out in water or room temperature to use again. Do not take out and forget it it will begin to spoil after a couple of days.
There are two kinds of snowshoe bindings: limited rotation and free rotation. With limited rotation the toe is not permitted below the level of the decking; with free rotation it is. Both types utilize straps to fasten the foot to the snowshoe. These straps are fastened so that the lose ends are on the outsides of the feet. This prevents the wearer from stepping on them. Snowshoeing is extremely beneficial exercise especially since they allow people to get outdoors when it would otherwise be impossible. Snowshoes also have the added benefit of being quite environmentally friendly. A snowshoer is able to pass through his or her surroundings while making virtually no impact adverse or otherwise. Snowshoes even allow skiers and snowboarders to access hills they would otherwise be unable to get to. As a result many winter sports enthusiasts have adopted snowshoes as a complimentary sport one that allows them to practice their main pastime in new and different surroundings.
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.