This just in…snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing sports in North America! The reasons are obvious: it’s an awesome workout, simple to learn (if you can walk, you can snowshoe), relatively inexpensive to get into, accessible almost everywhere…and it’s an incredible way to live out there and soak up the outdoor goodness.
If you want to get the most out of the sport, you’ll want to be properly prepared. That starts with the snowshoes themselves, sized specifically for you and chosen to match the way you’re going to use them. And to make sure you come back for more, you’ll want the right clothing, gear and accessories that go with snowshoeing.
Planning on going deep into the backcountry, getting a little extreme, or snowshoeing along steeply pitched slopes? You’ll probably want something with a lot of “float” and with some extra bite on the underside.
TIP: Many snowshoes allow you to add extra “tails” to boost your float in powder.
Thinking about getting the whole family out on some snowshoe treks, or just want a quick workout on mostly level terrain? Consider a less aggressive snowshoe that keeps weight to a minimum and enjoyment to a maximum.
TIP: Match your snowshoe to the lightest footwear you can, to make each step easier.
How to Choose the Right Size
A key to snowshoeing enjoyment is getting the right float over the snow. That means getting the most stride for the least effort. So, you’ll need the proper size, and it’s all about matching the shoes to your weight. Of course, it’s also different from brand to brand.
Different footwear for different folks! Depending on how you plan to use them, you can go with light hikers or even runners (if you want to move quickly, just be sure to choose a waterproof runner if you want dry feet), full-on hiking boots (heavier but dryer) right up to winter boots.
- Snowshoe Bag
- Base layer
- Outer shell
- Waterproof pants
- Safety gear
- Trail mix
- Thermos & hot tea
Not sure what to wear? See our How-To article on layering.