Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 22nd, 2018 - 18:27:01
One of the important aspects of snowshoes is good flotation which prevents them from tiring out prematurely. Quality snowshoes will have a good hinge that pivots correctly to prevent the tail of the snowshoe from lifting. This leads to good flotation. You also want to be able to have good control of your snowshoes. With any of the quality snowshoes on the market this should never be an issue. If you are into winter outdoor activities you are also going to have a need for ice cleats. Again it is worth taking the time to choose the types of cleats that are more applicable to the outdoor activities you plan on participating in. For example one big benefit of using ice cleats is the ability to prevent the wear and tear that is often created on your ski boots. These are inexpensive items and well worth the investment.
Choosing a snowshoe takes a little bit of know-how so Im going to let you know what to look for when buying your first pair. By the way its a good idea to maybe rent some snowshoes first just to make sure this is going to be a good fit for you. To pick the best snowshoe figure out what type of snow you will be hiking on. Is it hard pack on a groomed trail such as a cross-country ski area? You dont need long snowshoes if youre trekking on groomed trails. Most of the time a 22" will do. You do want good traction so choosing a shoe with the metal crampons on them is important. A good shoe for this is MSR Lightning Ascents. They have the steel teeth around the perimeter of the snowshoe. Will you be going off trail into some deep powder? If so you will to select a longer snowshoe. Many times you need to know what the max height and weight load is for a snowshoe and that can be found fairly easily with a little research. Many brands of snowshoes will offer a "tail" as an optional purchase to give you more flotation in deep powder. No need to hibernate during the winter months any longer. Many people can and do get out and enjoy winter to its fullest and now armed with this knowledge you can be out there and enjoy mother nature too on your snowshoes.
Todays snowshoes are shorter and narrower than the wide-bodied wood framed snowshoes of old. They feature a lightweight aluminum frame and a special decking. With the easy-to-use flexible binding and crampons on the bottom to prevent slipping snow shoeing today can be a walk in the park. The beauty of snowshoeing is that nearly anyone can do it. If you can walk you can snow shoe. Snowshoe running is a different variety. This fast growing sport is a superb cross-training activity for runners and other active people during the winter months. With less impact than road running snowshoe running is a great way to strengthen the muscles of the legs and core without having to pound the pavement.
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.