Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 22nd, 2018 - 18:43:11
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.
Snowshoes like many useful human inventions are based on the adaptations seen in nature. Animals that live in cold and snowy climates such as the snowshoe hare and the snow leopard often have oversized feet. It is their feet that allow them to move quickly and efficiently over snow without becoming mired down. The additional distributes the animals weight over a larger area preventing the feet from sinking very far. Snowshoes operate on exactly the same concept and they are just as effective. Humans have used snowshoes for thousands of years to aid in survival; today however they are popular primarily as a form of recreation.
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.
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.