How to Choose Snowshoes
Snowshoes are the perfect winter activity to get out on the trails or backcountry. Check out our comprehensive guide below on choosing the perfect snowshoes for all your outdoor adventures this winter.
Snowshoes sizes are based on how you weigh rather than the size of your foot. The heavier you are, the deeper you will sink into the snow, so it’s important to get larger snowshoes to balance out your feet on the snow’s surface, or, better “floatation”, as it is called. The shorter the snowshoe, the lighter the person.
To find out what pair of snowshoes you need, check the tags to find the minimum and maximum weights for your size. If you’re going to be carrying large packs for a winter camping trip, be sure to factor that weight into the equation.
Traction and Crampons
The teeth on the bottom of your snowshoes are called crampons. They help provide traction on the snow and will be different depending on the type of terrain you are crossing. For snowshoeing in powdery, fresh snow or on flat trails, you will be fine with smaller crampons. If you plan to snowshoe mostly on packed snow that may have icy areas, or you want to have solid control when descending hills, you’ll want shoes with larger crampons to give you a better grip.