Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes June 01st, 2018 - 17:12:22
Maybe youre not a big fan of winter or it could be that its too cold or you just stay inside in the winter months because you dont know what to do with yourself outside in the snow. Skiing or snowboarding is not an option so what could you possibly do that might boost your mood and help you enjoy winter a bit more? In a word snowshoeing. This sport is growing like gangbusters and those that try it out find out what all the hub-bub is all about. You can snowshoe almost anywhere its easy to learn and the cost of equipment is not bad. Winter came seem almost fun if you get outside and embrace it by playing in the snow. Snowshoes like MSR Lightning Ascent and Atlas Elektra or Tubbs Frontiers are great options.
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.
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.
They are lightweight first and foremost to make your feet as light as possible. They are also typically quite small with a minimal amount of cleats. Finally running snowshoes also typically have a spring-loaded suspension system of some kind so that they dont flop around too much and get in the way of your running gait. Finally you should know that most snowshoes are gender specific. There are a few snowshoes out there that are unisex but many that you will find are meant for one gender or the other. Besides aesthetics the main difference between male and female snowshoes is the size. Women tend to weigh less and need less weight displaced and so womens snowshoes dont need to be as big as mens. So smaller men are perfectly able to wear womens snowshoes just as long as they dont mind the more feminine paint job of most womens snowshoes.