Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 22nd, 2018 - 18:25:49
Along with the recent popularity of snowshoeing technology has stepped up and designed and manufactured more durable and lightweight snowshoes. Snowshoes have come a long way since the wooden framed rawhide-laced versions worn by Inuits and Native Americans. If you want to try snowshoeing check with local ski rental shops where you plan to snowshoe. Most will have snowshoes for rent. This is a good way to see if this is a sport you want to get into. The experts in the rental shops should be able to offer advice on size and type of snowshoes to rent. Along with the snowshoes they will fit you with appropriate sized poles that will come in handy during your hike. You should also have a good pair of insulated winter boots and gaiters (gaiters fit over your pants and boot tops) to keep your feet warm and dry. Start off by practicing walking with your snowshoes on near the trailhead until you feel comfortable and ready to venture out. Take it slow and conserve energy by keeping your feet close to the snow so youre almost shuffling along.
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.
of bleach. This is to keep bacteria from developing. If you dont the rawhide will stink after a couple of days. Doesnt affect the rawhide much but your friends will avoid you for a few days after working with this stinking rawhide. If the rawhide in not relaxed enough soak longer but add the pinesol/bleach. After relaxing the lace rinse with warm water and begin your project. Rawhide skins: The larger and thicker the skin the longer it will take to relax it. Please note no skin will ever relax to its original state (i.e. When the skin was first removed from the animal and hair was removed) It will be close but once processed into a dried skin the fibers shrink and just cannot fully rejuvenate. OK lets start with deer and elk skins. Find a container large enough to get at least half of the skin submerged.
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.