Line J. Skov Snowshoes May 24th, 2018 - 17:01:04
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.
Snowshoes are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Today these pieces of equipment can be divided into three types: aerobic recreational and mountaineering. The first aerobic are small and lightweight. They are not intended for use over rough terrain but rather on groomed trails. Such snowshoes are commonly used by runners who want to be able to exercise even when there is snow on the ground. Recreational snowshoes and a bit larger and as the name implies most often used on snow hikes. Such hikes are usually three to five miles as anything beyond that is considered mountaineering which requires the largest and toughest kind of snowshoe.
Snowshoeing has become quite a popular pastime for many in the Canadian Rockies. First of all the equipment is minimal you need a pair of snowshoes. It is also a lot easier to learn than cross country skiing and for sure costs a lot less than downhill skiing. Now for the list. My wife and I along with members of our hiking club The Rocky Mountain Ramblers have personally hiked these trails many times. 1. Paradise Valley This is a beautiful hike in the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake area of Banff National Park. There is little elevation gain on this hike and beautiful views of towering Mt. Temple and surrounding peaks. Most people will go as far as the second bridge and then turn around but if conditions allow (avalanche) you can carry on to Lake Annette.
Once you start snowshoeing you are going to want to spend a great deal of time in the wilderness which means more traveling. In this case you want to be sure your equipment is not only versatile for the type of elements you will face but also lightweight. It is really important that your snowshoes are of good enough quality that they have the strength and durability you need for this activity. This means that the ribs of the snowshoes must be placed in the exact proper position and there have to be reinforcements with it. Comfort is also going to be very important and the materials the snowshoes are made from are going to play a role in how comfortable they are. The ones that are comprised of stainless steel and aluminum framing are an excellent type of snowshoe. Vinyl decking is also a good way of providing the comfort that one needs when going on long snowshoeing adventures.