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Snowshoe Tech
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:43:17 AM »
So, looking at the longer ranger forecast into next week it looks like we may be getting another foot of snow next week.

For those of you that snowshoe, what are the features to look for in a set of shoes?

Are there any brands to look out for as garbage?

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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 11:17:14 AM »
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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 11:41:02 AM »
Get a size rated for your weight (counting any pack you may carry). If it occasionally gets icy where you are or is hilly, some sort of traction spikes under the ball of the foot are good to have.
Don't be fooled into fancy plastic bindings with ratchets and clips - they are stiff when cold and are hard to get to fit snugly (and sometimes creak noisily). A good web binding with cinch buckles is best and most versatile.

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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014, 12:21:30 PM »
First glance would tell me that MSR is a name to have a look at based solely (snerk) on review count and ratings...

http://www.rei.com/category/40004287

Amazon has em too and is good for seeing options and a good read on reviews. 

campmor, sierra trading post, etc...
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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 12:58:51 PM »
Get a size rated for your weight (counting any pack you may carry). If it occasionally gets icy where you are or is hilly, some sort of traction spikes under the ball of the foot are good to have.
Don't be fooled into fancy plastic bindings with ratchets and clips - they are stiff when cold and are hard to get to fit snugly (and sometimes creak noisily). A good web binding with cinch buckles is best and most versatile.

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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 05:57:51 PM »
A couple pieces of plywood and some straps.
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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2014, 08:09:35 AM »
I have the MSR Denali snowshoes and bought a second pair for Jeanne. They're nice and light. You almost don't feel them on your feet. The straps are supple down to 0* so far :)  The only scare I had was the heel strap had come off and I didn't notice so I thought I was going to lose the strap clip but it's pretty tight.

For my size 13's, the pivot point seems just about perfect so when I walk I don't hit my toe on the edge of the snowshoe. The metal bits on the bottom are good and sturdy. About the only real complaint is the toe metal bit is a tad long so when I start getting a little tired, I'll "stub" my toe a few times.

I've been using them over the past 3 or 4 seasons without any real problems.

Oh, they're good on icier trails and snow to a foot or so, but really not the best for deep soft snow. They are rather narrow. I tried going cross country last year (couple of mile hike to a lake) and eventually turned back because I kept sinking farther than I was comfortable with including falling backward into the snow (trip and slow fall :) ).

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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2014, 08:16:14 AM »
Snowshoe hiking ride reports :)

http://schelin.org/20130112/gallery.php

http://schelin.org/20130119/gallery.php

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Pic of my foot in a snowshoe. It was my first time on them in a couple of years so I was still getting the hang of where to put my foot. I'm wearing my waterproof Harley boots :)

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I made it up here without a problem :)

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I have pics from our last two hikes this year but not uploaded yet. More hiking in the upcoming weeks :D

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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2014, 08:24:09 AM »
Nice.  I was hoping you would chime in since I remember some mention of shoeing a while back.

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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2014, 09:25:55 AM »
I have the ones from this month up as of this morning:

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A couple are sideways so I'll need to correct that :)

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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2014, 10:54:22 AM »
I have found the more you can get your arse outside in the winter, the less crazy you become. I bought some cheap aluminum and hard plastic ones from WalMart, and they surprisingly lasted 2 years, but had a lame buckling system.


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Re: Snowshoe Tech
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2014, 11:00:04 AM »
That's Jeanne by the way (if it wasn't obvious :) ).

We're supposed to be getting a big snowstorm in the mountains starting today including up to 10" here in the foothills based on the report I heard this morning. Too bad I'm on call, I'd really love to head up Saturday morning for a quick walk-about.

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