is a Snowshoe?
have been used in North America for thousands of years for a variety of purposes,
and this evolution has provided the present-day user with a wide range of styles
to choose from.
your Snowshoe Size
Snowshoe size is determined primarily by body weight and the type of activities
you plan on doing.
Types of Snowshoes?
are two main types of snowshoes.
Usually more sturdy than recreational snowshoes
varies between $120 and $230.
varies between $80 and $140.
buying snowshoes, it is important to find a pair that fits you. If you are just
beginning to snowshoe, you should probably rent a variety of different types of
snowshoes from ski rental shops. Renting will help you to determine what kind
of snowshoes you are most comfortable with.
features to take into consideration when buying snowshoes are:
wider shoes are more maneuverable but walking is more difficult. Shorter shoes
are best for packed powder
narrow shoes are best for open terrain. They are also recommended for light powder.
Tail shoe is shaped like a tennis racket. It allows the user to lift only the
toe clear of the snow. The tail of the shoe drags behind supporting much of the
shoe's weight. The tail also acts as a rudder to keep the shoe tracking straight.
These shoes are best for open terrain. They are not recommended for heavy wooded
Paw shoe has an oval shape It allows the user to lift more of the shoe's weight.
Bear paw shoes are very maneuverable in tight places.
are the teeth that are on the bottom of the shoe. They provide provide traction,
and allow for more confident stepping.
are an important accessory and come as either a standard feature or can be purchased
and attached later.
is the material on the surface area of the shoe.
The decking keeps you from sinking into the snow.
can either be solid or webbed. It is made from a wide range of materials.
are the connecting system between your boot and the snowshoe.
should provide comfort and security.
bindings should hold your foot in securely without causing discomfort.
is the amount of snowshoe tail that touches the snow as you walk.