Solaine Snowshoes May 24th, 2018 - 16:42:13
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.
Most snowshoes today are made of lightweight materials like aluminum so finding lightweight snowshoes should not be difficult. Steel toe claws are an absolute necessity for going up or down hills. Poles are more of a personal preference. Some snowshoe kits come with poles. However if you have to buy poles separately you might want to wait and see if you really need them. If you or your children have difficulty with balance or coordination then poles are a good idea otherwise poles are probably not necessary. One last aspect to consider is the size of the snowshoe. Basically the area of one snowshoe in square inches should equal your weight in pounds. Your weight includes you and the all the gear or equipment you will be wearing or carrying.
Fitness. Snowshoe walking is more difficult than walking on a cleared surface but it is also as hard as you want to make it. Start gradually and progress to a more challenging pace as you get more miles on your snowshoes. Every workout should begin with a gradual warm-up and finish with a cool down to avoid injuries or soreness. End your adventure with a few stretches for the legs hips and arms before hopping back into your car. Where to Go Safely. You can pretty much snowshoe anyplace that you can hike. Check your local tourism office or hiking club for ideas to get you started. Stick to well known snowshoeing trails and always snowshoe with a buddy for safety reasons. Always leave word of your route and carry a cell phone for emergency contact.
Hiking/Recreation Style This type of snowshoe tends to be the most popular as it is appropriate for hiking backpacking and light to moderate terrains. Recreation style snowshoes are made to be comfortable with ease of use and value as a big selling point. This type of shoe is excellent for all around use light use and the occasional hiker. Sizes This is an easier choice as there are only a few sizes of snowshoes available. They are 6x15 inches 7x18 inches 8x25 inches 9x30 inches and 10x36 inches. The smallest snowshoes are usually for children and the middle sizes are usually best for women. Your weight will also be a consideration as the heavier you are the larger size of snowshoe you will likely need. You should also consider the weight you will be with your other equipment skis snowboard backpack or other supplies you will be carrying. Bindings There are two types of bindings available the free rotation and the limited rotation. In the limited rotation style the toes do not go below the decking. In the free rotation the toes are more free. Free rotation bindings are preferred for running racing and sometimes hiking. Its best to try both styles and decide which is more comfortable for you.