Sizing Made Simple
When it comes to snowshoes, one size does not fit all. The type of snowshoe that is best for you depends on what you will be doing most of the time: if it's primarily local parks or Nature Centers on groomed snowshoe trails, then a smaller footprint is required; if you prefer to "break trail" out in open areas or in the woods where the only footprints you see are the four-legged kind, or you enjoy winter camping, then flotation is key.
The general rule is: smaller snowshoes are easier to walk on. They're also better for short legs, denser snow, and packed trails (even if new snow covers the old tracks). If close to a size break, choose larger snowshoes if you have long legs; carry a heavy pack; regularly break trail in deep snow or soft powder; or have light, fluffy snow cover.
For more information on snowshoe sizing click here.
SURFACE AREA = FLOTATION
Flotation is the key to snowshoeing.
If you need to get where you're going, you need a snowshoe that will do the job.
And if you want to go fast, then you'll need something with a lot of surface area. We know it sounds counterintuitive—you'd think that the more weight you have on your feet, the slower you'd go. But it's not true! What matters is how much surface area you have in contact with the snow when you step down. The more surface area, the higher you'll float above the ground and be able to propel yourself forward more quickly.
Is there a way to enjoy winter's beauty in all its untrammeled glory without relying on someone else's path? The answer is yes! You can easily take to the wilderness and let our snowshoes keep you afloat.
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