Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes June 01st, 2018 - 17:17:44
Snowshoes as the name implies are footwears for walking over snow. Snowshoes distribute the weight of a person over a larger area so that the persons foot does not sink completely into the snow. Traditional snowshoes are made of heavy hardwood frame with leather lacings. Modern high-tech snowshoes are made of light metal such as aluminum and alloy or even of plastic. These modern snowshoes are raised at the toe for maneuverability and are generally smaller than the traditional snowshoes. Racing snowshoes and gliding snowshoes are just some examples of modern snowshoes used for movement in deep snow. Snowshoes were used some 6000 years ago as an earliest form of transportation.
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.
What you need to know to get started: Type of Snowshoe. Depending on your goal activity you can choose from snowshoes designed for running back country or general recreation. Most people who want to get started will buy or rent recreational shoes. Other Gear. Wear clothing that will wick away moisture such as polyester or lycra blends. Cotton is a no-no in cold weather as it gets wet and will hold moisture against your skin. Dress in layers so that you can remove clothing as you get warmer. A pair of stable waterproof hiking boots are a good bet if you are hiking. If you are running a stable trail running shoe or a lightweight day hiking shoe works best. Many people use ski poles in the same way that a hiker does- to increase energy output due to additional upper body muscle use provides stability and to decrease stress on knees ankles and feet. Use leg gators to keep snow out of your boots and keep your feet dry. Make sure you bring your water bottle and some extra food for energy along the way. Other items include first aid kit sunglasses map camera matches flashlight compass/g.p.s (if you know how to use it!) and a cell phone.
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.