Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes June 01st, 2018 - 16:25:16
Snowshoes are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Today these pieces of equipment can be divided into three types: aerobic recreational and mountaineering. The first aerobic are small and lightweight. They are not intended for use over rough terrain but rather on groomed trails. Such snowshoes are commonly used by runners who want to be able to exercise even when there is snow on the ground. Recreational snowshoes and a bit larger and as the name implies most often used on snow hikes. Such hikes are usually three to five miles as anything beyond that is considered mountaineering which requires the largest and toughest kind of snowshoe.
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.
Mountaineer Style Mountaineer style snowshoes are built much tougher and heavier than say running style snowshoes. This is for added traction and stability on steep and icy hills. They typically include larger crampons to achieve this added traction. The binding will also be able to accommodate larger shoes including climbing shoes and boots. Extra heavy duty material is used to create mountaineer style snowshoes for better performance during different types of weather situations and various types of terrain. This also makes mountaineer style snowshoes the best choice for walking in deeper snow. Mountaineering snowshoes are the right choice for any serious snowshoeing enthusiast.
Once you start snowshoeing you are going to want to spend a great deal of time in the wilderness which means more traveling. In this case you want to be sure your equipment is not only versatile for the type of elements you will face but also lightweight. It is really important that your snowshoes are of good enough quality that they have the strength and durability you need for this activity. This means that the ribs of the snowshoes must be placed in the exact proper position and there have to be reinforcements with it. Comfort is also going to be very important and the materials the snowshoes are made from are going to play a role in how comfortable they are. The ones that are comprised of stainless steel and aluminum framing are an excellent type of snowshoe. Vinyl decking is also a good way of providing the comfort that one needs when going on long snowshoeing adventures.