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Old 01-06-10, 05:42 PM
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Snowshoing!

So, who here does it? I just ordered 2 pairs of snowshoes and poles for myself and the wife. Those of you that snowshoe, any suggestions? Since we're both in the 200 pound range, I ordered 9X30's.
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Old 01-06-10, 05:49 PM
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30" long snowshoe is huge, I have 30" shoes, and I wish I had purchased something a bit smaller and more maneuverable. The 30" has come in handy when breaking trail on a two foot powder day, but 95% of the time, something more manageable would have been fine. My winter camping gear puts my weight in the ~230 - 235lb range.

That said, it is an amazing work out, we love going on midnight snowshoe hikes via moon light, the world is a different place.
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I don't snowshoe, but I would consider getting gaiters.

I have OR crocks, and I like them a lot, but they may be overkill.
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Snowshoeing is awesome! You and the wife are going to love it!
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I'm about 200 and I have 30" Tubbs.
It's great exercise. It's like walking with 10 pound weights on your feet when you're kicking up snow.
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Echoing terrific exercise....and definitely go at least once at night, using a headlamp. Tons of fun!
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Definitely get gaiters.
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Old 01-06-10, 08:12 PM
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As a young lad in northern B.C. I spent a couple of winters wearing them,made for strong solid legs. They're not called "misery slippers"for naught.
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can you recommend some snowshoes for a beginner? im about 200lbs fully clothed...i dont plan on taking much gear with me, maybe an extra 10lbs?
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http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...set=ISO-8859-1

This is what we ordered.
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I'd love to snowshoe ... can anyone recommend some for a 125 lb. beginner and I agree with Simko maybe adding about 10lbs of gear.
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Holly, same link, but order the smallest size, 8X21. You'll get the whole kit that way.
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I'd love to snowshoe ... can anyone recommend some for a 125 lb. beginner and I agree with Simko maybe adding about 10lbs of gear.
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I am a fan of the MSR denali snowshoes. They come in one size, and you can add extension tails to them to increase the total length.
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I just ordered a set of 25" Atlas snowshoes. Normally I just xc ski and cycle commute in winters...never enough toys right?
I expect to have fun getting lost with the hound in tow.
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im about 200lbs fully clothed.
Just had to say that I highly recommend snowshoeing only when fully clothed. You will enjoy it much more this way. That said, it's a lot of fun. I definitely want to try the nighttime moonlight or with headlamps. Sounds very cool.
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Snowshoeing is awesome. I have had a pair of Atlas 1233's for about 10 years (they say "Made in the USA since 1990" on them.) I think the equivalent current model is the 1230.

Back country snowshoeing can be a hellacious workout. I weigh around 185 without gear, and still sink 12" in powder, despite my 10x30" shoes. Everybody is surprised the first time they go out that they don't really float on the surface, unless the snow is packed down.

Avoid wimpy, cheapo gaiters that barely cover your calf. Get ones that cover your boot and all the way up to your knee. Don't wear jeans. I wear quick drying, loose fitting Mountain Hardware synthetic fabric pants. Other people wear the same tights as XC skiers.

It is wise to pack a spare sweater/shirt as the level of exertion can cause significant perspiration (at least for me-even in cold temps.) When you want to stop for an extended break, you can change into something that won't lead to hypothermia.

One thing to remember if you snowshoe where there are also XC skiers, stay out of their established, icy smooth ruts. Messing them up with clods of snow is the equivalent of riding your muddy mountain bike into the velodrome.
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I hear that cougars love snoeshowing.
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What kind of cougar? The dangerous one or the other dangerous one?
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That looks like a bobcat.
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That looks like a bobcat.
I never have been very good at links or is it lnyx?
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5" of powder on the ground so far today, and my snowshoes are "In Transit". I wanna go play! They'll be here by Thursday, though.

As to gaiters and such, I have both ski pants for really cold weather and waterproof wind pants with wicking and vents for warmer. I'm good to go, and on the footware front, I have a pair of really good Cabella Sorrel Packer boots.
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Is the tapered design any better?
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...0035420620787a

or am I just drawn to snowshoes with names like "assault" and "stealth" ?
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I went with REI's suggestion:
"Recommended load refers to your weight plus the weight of the gear you'll be carrying. Make sure to consider this along with snow conditions, and go for the smallest snowshoes that will support your weight. These will be the easiest to maneuver."
I was ready to get 30-inchers but switched to 25" cuz of this. I won't be carrying much more than a wineskin.
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Starting next week I'll be getting paid to snow shoe with middle school kids in the after school program, how cool is that? It is funded by a grant, and you don't have to be a teacher or even connected to the school, and wasn't advertised. I'll be doing the same thing in the spring, but mountain biking, which I also did last fall. So hey, call your local schools, you never know what could happen!
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Have fun! Wear gaiters and layer your clothes. You will end up peeling off a few layers.
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