Mie J. Damgaard Snowshoes May 21st, 2018 - 14:32:31
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.
Modern snowshoes usually have an aluminum or stainless steel frame and neoprene/nylon or polypropylene decking; the toe is generally tilted upward to allow for easier maneuverability. In order to work as intended snowshoes must not be allowed to accumulate snow on the tops. This is usually prevented by use of a latticework which allows any snow to fall through the snowshoe. Some snowshoes use no latticework having a solid plastic decking; however these models do not appear to have a problem with accumulated snow. If they did they would not be as popular as they are. Many modern snowshoes also incorporate crampons which are essentially spikes that protrude from the bottoms of the shoes. Crampons help with mountaineering and glacier travel providing additional traction in snow and ice.
Working with rawhide. You just received this hard stiff piece of rawhide and are wondering how in the heck do I get this soft enough to use. I have received many calls from clients asking how to best rehydrate the rawhide. Finally I decided to just write it down and put it on our web site. Rawhide Lace: The best way I have found to relax rawhide lace is to place the entire bundle in lukewarm water let me repeat t hat LUKEWARM WATER! A small child should be able place their hand in it without whining! Hot water will destroy the tissue in rawhide and you will have gelatin. Leave the bundle overnight if you even think you might leave it longer than 12 hours add some pinesol or a bit of bleach to the water usually a cup of pinesol or a couple oz.
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.