Ida O. Johnsen Snowshoes May 22nd, 2018 - 18:26:45
Working with rawhide. You just received this hard stiff piece of rawhide and are wondering how in the heck do I get this soft enough to use. I have received many calls from clients asking how to best rehydrate the rawhide. Finally I decided to just write it down and put it on our web site. Rawhide Lace: The best way I have found to relax rawhide lace is to place the entire bundle in lukewarm water let me repeat t hat LUKEWARM WATER! A small child should be able place their hand in it without whining! Hot water will destroy the tissue in rawhide and you will have gelatin. Leave the bundle overnight if you even think you might leave it longer than 12 hours add some pinesol or a bit of bleach to the water usually a cup of pinesol or a couple oz.
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.
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.
Short days and long winter nights mean hibernation mode has arrived for many of us. But the start of our grey season does not mean you have to turn into a sloth and put your metabolism to sleep until spring. Not sure what to do this winter? Here is a great activity that you should book into your fitness plan this year: Snowshoeing. This winter activity is making a comeback in the recreation world and snowshoe technology has made leaps and bounds over the past decade. With new lightweight materials todays snowshoes will probably feel a lot different to you then they did when you first tried them during family outings as a child.