Choosing the right snowshoes

November 19, 2015

That’s it, your decision is made. Awaken your inner adventurer and launch yourself into the winter: it’s time for snowshoeing. And it’s not all that surprising considering the fact that snowshoes have gone back in force for some years now. Not only that’s affordable and easy to learn, but you can practice it almost anywhere. These are all points making it a winner choice to hit the snowy trails this winter. But before you imagine yourself floating above the snow with your brand new snowshoes, let us guide you along the way! Just to avoid sinking into the deep…

First, it will come as no great surprise when we tell you that your size plays an important role in the choice of your snowshoes. Actually, your size and the type of terrain are the most important issues to keep in mind when purchasing new equipment. So, obviously, your weight and height have a direct impact on your snowshoes: the taller you are, the larger the frame needs to be and the heavier you are, the longer it must be. And don’t forget that your weighing shall include your snowsuit and your backpack!

It all makes sense so far. Where it starts to fall apart is when your goal is to use it off-trail. Indeed, on groomed trails or with a loose snow, you should choose larger strings in order to benefit from better lift and to reduce the effort required on this type of terrain. Furthermore, did you know that a snowshoer with appropriate footwear increases its performance by 25%, even 50%? Therefore, it is an understatement to say that choosing carefully is very important. After all, it’s always a good idea to put the odds in your favour, don’t you think?

All that remains is the material, the bindings, the poles, the bag, the gaiters… In short, a number of useful accessories that can improve your hiking experience and, of course, increase your enjoyment! Rest assured that we will help you determine which options are best for you regarding the full set of equipment you need to practice your new favourite winter sport. In the meantime, keep an eye on what we’re doing and feel free to visit our online shop! You will be delighted by all the great GV snowshoe models presented there. There is one for everyone’s taste and goal!

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