Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes June 01st, 2018 - 00:42:21
If you are into winter outdoor adventures chances are you are either into snowshoeing or have given it some serious thought. It is an ideal way to pass the hours in the great outdoors. However if you are new to snowshoeing you want to be sure you purchase the right equipment. There are many good snow shoes and cleats to choose from and they can be found in various price ranges designed to fit anyones budget. One thing you want to be sure of is that you do invest in quality snowshoes; otherwise you will find it can be very frustrating to use inferior equipment. This is especially important if you are just learning how to snowshoe as there are techniques that go along with it.
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.
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.
Cleats are the teeth present at the bottom of the shoes that provide traction and allow for more confident stepping. Kids snowshoes are not limited just to kids; they can be used by anyone weighing less than 80 pounds and of shorter height. Kids snowshoes can also be used by children for off trail hiking on golf courses in packed trails etc. A low impact workout with a pair of snowshoes provides many health benefits. Snowshoes can be used by folks of all ages who enjoy a winter snowfall while walking running jumping or climbing. Snowshoes are great fun to use in any type of snow conditions.