We recently had a great question asked of us.
“Hi Redfeather, I noticed that most of the snowshoes I find at the stores do not include gender. If it doesn’t say women’s, should I assume it’s a men’s?”
Here’s the answer and Thanks for your interest in snowshoeing.
Snowshoes are generally non gender specific.
As the purpose of a snowshoe is to stay as close to the surface of the snow as possible the following is the general rule.
The more surface area you provide to displace weight, the better your “float” on snow. Although this is somewhat of a misnomer as their are varying densities of snow. (I.e. Wet, powder, fluff, dry and dense, packed icy etc.)
We have been asked many times to provide a narrower shoe for people who don’t feel comfortable with the wide gate of a traditional snowshoe. So…
We built a narrower shoe for those who asked.
Primarily women. Thus we now market them as our women’s Hike’s. Built to accommodate the narrower gate of a women.
These shoes are 8 inches wide at their widest point vs 9.5 –11 on a wider shoe.
The lesser amount of float provided by a the narrower shoe can be made up by increasing the length of the shoe.
Again… snow conditions will always dictate the amount of float you experience while using snowshoes.
But you will always be able to maneuver through deeper snow better while on snowshoes as opposed to not using them.
Again, Thanks. And have a great adventure this winter.