Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes June 01st, 2018 - 17:40:12
Snowshoeing is a fun winter recreation activity whose popularity has stayed strong since its inception and right up through today. Its also a popular and easy way to get around in snowbound areas during the winter. Nowadays there are many types of snowshoes for many types of activities. Heres a rundown of each type to help you choose the right snowshoes for your lifestyle and activity. The three main types of snowshoes are: Running & Aerobic Style These snowshoes were built with lighter weight materials than normal snowshoes to allow for faster movement. They also feature an extra cleat or cleats for additional traction while you are running or walking fast. Also the bindings will allow for you to insert running or athletic shoes so they lace up and cradle as well. There are actually snowshoe races and this is the type of snowshoe that is used in that type of race. This type of snowshoe is right for anyone who will need to move fast or just wants to walk around their town. These are not appropriate for snowshoeing in rugged terrain.
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.
Are you just going to snowshoe on easy trails and for short dayhikes? Or do you plan on going for longer expeditions on all kinds of varied terrain? These factors will have a lot of bearing on what type of snowshoe you will need. There are also gender specific snowshoes as well as unisex models. There are molded plastic snowshoes and tubular aluminum snowshoes with leather decks. So the choices of styles are pretty vast nowadays. A good idea before buying a pair of snowshoes is to check out a review site online. Just type snowshoe review into your search engine and see what comes up. Also if you already have a certain type of snowshoe in mind but need a more unbiased review you could also search for brand abc snowshoe review. There are also many online buying options for snowshoes and just looking through many of the offerings you could find the pair you like. I hope this helps you find your ideal pair and happy snowshoeing.
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.