Mie J. Damgaard Snowshoes May 24th, 2018 - 16:42:24
Look for fleshing cuts on the back side of the skin when laying out your pattern. These thin areas can break through when the rawhide is drying. Also brands can be a problem. Darker rawhide is stronger than light lighter spots usually have a higher fat content and can be weaker. A thought for drum makers. I have cut my pattern out while the rawhide is dry then soak just that piece. If you do decide to soak the whole skin and either have scraps left over or find you do not have time to work with the rawhide right away just place it in a plastic bag and freeze. Thaw out in water or room temperature to use again. Do not take out and forget it it will begin to spoil after a couple of days.
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.
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.
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.