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I'm thinking about getting some snowshoes. Any advice or recommendations?
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or newfangled?

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On 2013-12-28 22:00, magicalaurie wrote:
I'm thinking about getting some snowshoes. Any advice or recommendations?

Don't wear them while riding a bicycle. (tee hee)

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On 2013-12-28 22:00, magicalaurie wrote:
I'm thinking about getting some snowshoes. Any advice or recommendations?

Don't wear them while riding a bicycle. (tee hee)

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Newfangled type. Don't forget size is based on weight so if you plan on letting others use them you may want to get a more "average" size. Make sure they have cleats that work both up and downhill for hilly/mountainous terrain. Don't forget poles.

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Well, being an old fashioned kind of girl, I'm partial to the old fashioned, and especially interested in the Bear Paw! Smile Don't know much about any of them. How do the newfangled compare? Thankyou all (I think Smile ) for posting so far.
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The newfangled have a reputation for being lighter, smaller, easier to use and faster on the snow. The old ones (with which I have considerably more experience) are big, awkward, and goofy fun. Try having a race in them!

So if you're looking for nostalgia and goofy awkward fun, go old school. If you really want to get around the snow efficiently and easily, get the new ones.
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I only went out once or twice, and we had the old type. We we're trying to pack, just went for a walk, and it was goofy awkward fun (even without bicycles). One of the group was a skilled snowshoe walker and went on like walking through a park. I'm sure it took some time and practice for him.

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Well, I've seen some say the wooden float better, are quieter, and perhaps collect less snow- and I'm talking deep snow, I dunno. Folks used to do some pretty serious work with the wooden ones. As you can see, I'm leaning. Thanks for all input, more welcome. Smile
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The newer ones perform better, hands down. There isn't even much or a comparison between the two. That's really the main reason you don't see the old style ones being made as much anymore. It's like a car, it's fun to drive around in a Model T but you probably wouldn't want to drive one cross country. For basic recreational use you could probably get away with either one, it becomes more of a fashion choice than anything else. Personally I wouldn't pay a premium price for the older technology.
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As you can see, I'm leaning.

Do they work well when you lean? I had a hard enough time trying to stand up straight.

;)

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How about deep snow, Marlin? I looked all day the other day, and can't find a recommendation for the new over the old when it comes to deep snow. And I'll be walking in deep snow, no doubt. Thanks for posting. Smile
So far, I've only seen people wearing the new style on groomed trails where, in my opinion, no snowshoes were required. Fashion statement, indeed. And I probably would want to drive a Model T cross country, don't test me. Smile

Bazinga, I saw that coming. And I'll let you know. Smile

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One of the group was a skilled snowshoe walker and went on like walking through a park. I'm sure it took some time and practice for him.


I find this promising, Bazinga. Do you remember the snow conditions, perchance?
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I just tried googling for information about quality snowshoes. Good luck on that one. Lots of opinions, many very strong opinions, but very little screams its trustworthiness.

Do you have a decent outfitter near you, Laurie? You'll probably get good advice there.

My strong intuition is that Marlin is right:lightweight modern shoes look a whole lot better than heavy wood and gut shoes. At least from a user perspective.
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I don't know about really deep snow. My experience is this; when I was a teenager we had a couple of pairs of the old fashioned snowshoes and I used them a few times. Basically they were a pain to put on and a pain to walk in. To the point where they weren't worth the trouble, it's wasn't very much fun. A few years ago I took out a pair of snowshoes from a nature center I am a member of and they were fun as heck to walk in. Light, attached to the feet well, and basically I just walked normally with them and stayed on top of the snow just fine. I said "this is great!". I've checked them out a few times since.

I suspect the increasing popularity of recreational snowshoeing has everything to do with the modern snowshoes. I don't see any outfitters like REI even selling wooden ones anymore. Wood is certainly heavier than aluminum, I assume it breaks easier, and probably requires a certain level of maintainence that alum and plastic shoes don't. And I think the wood ones are more expensive since nobody is mass producing them anymore.

I like Magnus' suggestion of taking some for a "test drive". Around here there are stores and parks that either rent out or loan snowshoes. If you can try before you buy that always the best way to go.
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On 2013-12-29 14:11, Bazinga wrote:
One of the group was a skilled snowshoe walker and went on like walking through a park. I'm sure it took some time and practice for him.


I find this promising, Bazinga. Do you remember the snow conditions, perchance?

It wasn't very deep. As I recall it was about 15" to maybe 18". We we're not using them out of necessity, just having fun. The man who was good with them was a game law enforcement officer and used them a few times each year.

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Thankyou all for your posts. I appreciate them.

I came across your first link the other day, slowkneenuh. This page of one of the linked-to sites raises some key points for me: http://www.iversonssnowshoes.com/index.p......&docId=7
Along with flotation, noise is a big factor- I'm a nature photographer and my camera would be coming along. The wooden shoes seem to be recommended as quieter.

A trial run would be very nice, I agree. Thanks again to all. Happy New Year! Smile
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Got some snowshoes. Smile
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