|Because snowshoeing is primarily walking
on snow, it is a great way to enjoy the outdoors
and get exercise in the winter months. It
also makes an inexpensive alternative to
skiing that the whole family can enjoy together.
The only necessary equipment is a pair of
The following should be considered when buying
- The length of the snowshoe depends on the
weight of the person who will wear them.
A 22” pair of shoes will carry someone weighing
about 80 to 150 lbs; 26” carries about 120
to 200 lbs; 30’ carries about 150 to 220
lbs; and 36’ carries about 200 to 280 lbs.
- The frame of the shoe should be strong, anodized
aluminum. The decking should be puncture
resistant. Look for decking made from materials
such as polyurethane.
- The underside of the snowshoe should have
rugged toe and heel crampons
on snow and ice. These can
be aluminum, but
better models will be stainless
- It should be easy to adjust the straps. Buckles
should be quick release so that they are
easy to take on and off. Look for models
that allow you buckle up, make adjustments,
and unbuckle with gloves on.
- The snowshoe should have a comfortable toe
cup and binding that allows
for 270 degrees
rotation. This provides a smoother
and more control on steeper
- More expensive models often feature traction
lacing that allows better stability
on steeper downhill slopes.
So get a pair of snowshoes and enjoy a tranquil
walk through nature after the next snowfall.