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    Snow Shoe advice sought!

    After a short 4 mile hike in our local mountains, I decided it's time to get snow shoes. Hiking in 2' snow is close to impossible. I'm 6'0, 160 lbs. Not looking for speed or doing expeditions. I do not want a toy that's going to break 10 miles from the trailhead and leave me stuck.

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    I bought these in a kit 3 or 4 years ago, and they have held up nicely. They can be ordered with a package that includes the poles, too, by the way. They're made by Atlas, I believe, and are actually a decent pair of trekking misery moccasins.

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...MCcat104771880

    Don't forget to get a decent set of gaiters, too, and don't overdress, snowshoeing, you will break a sweat.

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...RI%3BIK-629311

    Regular, waterproof, insulated winter hiking boots work the best n(with wool socks), but in extremely cold weather I use a set of Felt lined packer boots.
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    My last two snow hikes have been in shorts and T-shirt. The sun is intense at 8,000-10,000 ft. Will check those out.

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    I am a long-term user and fan of the MSR Denali snowshoes. Indestructible and perfect for the heavy wet snow, mountain trails and dense underbrush of our Cascades.

    I also have a set of Atlas aluminum-framed snowshoes, but the Denalis are handier.
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    I've been using Red Feathers (primarily Trek Technical and Race models) for the past 20 years and I love them, but I have also used MSR Denali's and I found them to be a great shoe as well.

    Red Feathers were designed by triathletes with the idea of designing a better sports-based snowshoe that would allow racers to train during the snowy Colorado winter months, and they have honored that heritage quite proudly.
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    I would also throw in US surplus magnesium snowshoes, found online at a few places (www.cheaperthandirt.com and www.sportsmansguide.com are two) and are usually $40-50, and with magnesium frames and stainless steel cable for the webbing, they are probably not going to break anytime soon.

    I have some inexpensive Yukon Charlie snowshoes that I bought at BJ's Wholesale club this year, $75 for the whole package of snowshoes, poles and a bag to put it all in. Same quality as $150 Tubbs and I got poles and a carry bag! Only got to use them ONCE this year (very very mild winter here in NY state) but that one time was great. Last year I was out probably 20 times or so on cheapies.

    LLbean also has some nice snowshoes that are made by Tubbs. I was going to purchase their $150 pair till I found these at 1/2 the price (and they honestly look just as well built!)
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    Make sure the hinge is metal and not plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillCreek View Post
    I am a long-term user and fan of the MSR Denali snowshoes. Indestructible and perfect for the heavy wet snow, mountain trails and dense underbrush of our Cascades.

    I also have a set of Atlas aluminum-framed snowshoes, but the Denalis are handier.
    Can't go wrong with the Denalis...IMO

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