Snowshoe 101: How to Snowshoe

Yeah, It’s This Easy.

Nearly everyone is a little nervous or intimidated when trying out a new sport. Snowshoeing, however, is a sport that you can enjoy your first time out. Before you go on your first trip take a few minutes to become familiar with your snowshoes. The most important aspect is to become familiar with the binding.

Follow these simple steps to make sure you have the proper fit every time:

  • Put the ball of your foot over the top of the hinge, centered on the snowshoe. Your toes should hang over the front of the foot bed.
  • Tighten the front strap first, followed by the heel strap and finish by tightening the strap over your instep.
  • The straps don’t need to be overly tight. Just make sure they are snug.
  • To walk in your snowshoes, you’ll imitate your normal stride. Your feet should be a bit farther apart than usual, but not too much. Stride forward, putting your foot down heel to toe.
  • Repeat as though you were walking or running on dry, firm ground.

We probably should have mentioned at the very beginning that you want to put your snowshoes on when you are OUTSIDE, not INSIDE. Powder coated steel crampons and hardwood floors do not get along.

Now, pick a direction. Take a step. Take another. You are now a Redfeather Winter Person!

How to find the right size Snowshoe for You!

sizeChartWhen choosing a snowshoe shoe size isn’t all that important. They are rated for the weight of the person. 20 inch youth models go up to maximum of 80 pounds, 21 inch snowshoes go up to 125 pounds, 22 inch go up to 150 pounds, 25 inch are rated up to 175 pounds, 30 inch shoes go up to 220 pounds, and 35 or 36 inch snowshoes are rated for over 220 pounds. The typical round tail snowshoe is a little better snowshoe for deep powdery snow and the V-Tail snowshoes are a little easier to walk in. Women’s snowshoes are generally about 1 inch narrower than men’s. Women generally have a narrower stride than men. Remember to add the weight of your clothes and a pack if you plan to carry one when snowshoeing. The boots you wear depend on what type of use. We would recommend warmer ones for walking or hiking and lighter ones for aggressive snowshoeing or running. This is a general sizing guide for those who need help figuring out what will be the best snowshoe size for you.

If you are planning on snowshoeing on trails or older more packed snow and you are close in weight to the next size down you can certainly use the smaller size. If you snowshoe in the back country with more powdery snow you definitely need to keep to the sizing ratings for weight.

If you look over all this information and still are uncertain talk to the professionals.

Contact a Redfeather dealer or Redfeather direct and usually they can put you on the right track.