Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes June 01st, 2018 - 17:17:44
Skiing and snowshoeing are popular in the land of 10000 lakes--easy for beginners to try and enticing for experienced practitioners of the sports. Nordic skiers will find 240 miles of groomed and ungroomed ski trails through this winter wonderland that surrounds the Breezy Point Minnesota area in north central Minnesota. It doesnt matter if you have your own equipment or not since rentals are available at local businesses for the perfect fit to visitors of every size and shape. In addition to helping find correct size and fit for skis and snowshoes the professional staff can offer planning assistance that will help each person in your party get out the door and on the trails best suited to individual skills effortlessly.
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.
Look for fleshing cuts on the back side of the skin when laying out your pattern. These thin areas can break through when the rawhide is drying. Also brands can be a problem. Darker rawhide is stronger than light lighter spots usually have a higher fat content and can be weaker. A thought for drum makers. I have cut my pattern out while the rawhide is dry then soak just that piece. If you do decide to soak the whole skin and either have scraps left over or find you do not have time to work with the rawhide right away just place it in a plastic bag and freeze. Thaw out in water or room temperature to use again. Do not take out and forget it it will begin to spoil after a couple of days.
Modern snowshoes usually have an aluminum or stainless steel frame and neoprene/nylon or polypropylene decking; the toe is generally tilted upward to allow for easier maneuverability. In order to work as intended snowshoes must not be allowed to accumulate snow on the tops. This is usually prevented by use of a latticework which allows any snow to fall through the snowshoe. Some snowshoes use no latticework having a solid plastic decking; however these models do not appear to have a problem with accumulated snow. If they did they would not be as popular as they are. Many modern snowshoes also incorporate crampons which are essentially spikes that protrude from the bottoms of the shoes. Crampons help with mountaineering and glacier travel providing additional traction in snow and ice.