With the increasing craze for high-adrenaline sports and fitness, winter recreational activities and sports like skiing, mountaineering, snowshoeing, etc have rapidly gained popularity. This has made snowshoes essential and easily available for lovers of such sports but also for everyone who live in snow laden area.
Snowshoes are footwear that is used to be worn for walking over snow. They do not let the feet completely sink into the snow, making it quite easy to walk around over snow.
Snowshoes were originally used by traders, rangers, etc. who had to move to distant snow-covered locations which are beyond reach of motorized vehicles. However, now they are basically used by hikers and runners to enjoy their hobbies even during winter and also by snowboarders. They are also used by fitness enthusiasts and to promote exercise to combat obesity and its related diseases.
Different parts of snowshoes along with their usage:
The following are the important parts of a snowshoe with their importance that can help in determining the quality of the snowshoe and in buying them:
- Snowshoe frames: Originally, snowshoes frames were made with hard wood that were neither very sturdy nor durable. Today, wooden snowshoes have been replaced by metallic or alloy-based snowshoes which have increased their quality and also made them more durable and easy to use.
- Snowshoe bindings: The binding secure the snowshoe to the boots. It is important in order to guarantee maximum security, decrease chances of injury and also for comfort.
- Snowshoe Decking: It is the material that stretches across the snowshoe frame and evenly spreads the weight of the person, preventing their feet from sinking into the snow i.e. decking provides flotation to the snowshoes.
- Snowshoe Crampons: Crampons are metallic claws that help the wearer maintain their grip by digging into hard snow. These featured are especially desired for extreme hikes and sports.
Top 11 Snowshoes reviews
11.Tubbs Snowglow Snowshoe – Kid’s
This is a product from Tubbs Snowshoes, a brand that has been making snowshoes since 1906. Snowglow which is made for kids, makes snowshoeing more fun for kid by lighting up every step due to its flashing LED lights. Snowglow has traction rails moulded beneath it that allows kids to walk easily even on icy patches of land and on crusty snow. Besides looks, Snowglow’s QuickLock2 binding make it quite easy for kids to fasten their boots to their Snowglow snowshoes and to walk comfortably.
10. Alps All Terrain Snowshoes for Men and Women
This product is from the brand Alps that is known for its snowshoes and gear. It is extremely lightweight (only 4.3 lbs) as the frames are made up of the alloy of 6000 series Easton aluminum tubing. The decks are also made durable and lightweight as they are made of Nytex material. Its Carbon steel toe and heel crampons contain braking teeth (front, rear) that provides a secure grip in packed snow. Its bindings mold around the boot and cradle and pad the ball as well as the arch of the feet. Its lacing system holds the feet securely and it also contains Fast-Loc buckles make wearing and taking them off simple and easy. It is unisex and can optimally carry the user and gear up to 250 lbs. It also contains an Antishock Snowshoes poles and a free Tote Bag.
9.ALPS Performance Snowshoes with Antishock Snowshoes Poles and Tote Bag
Also by the brand Alps, the shoe frames of these snowshoes are made up of the alloy of 6000 series Easton aluminum tubing and the decks are made of Nytex material.So, it is lightweight and durable. Its bindings mold around the boot and cradle and pad the ball as well as the arch. This helps in achieving high-performance. Its lacing system holds the feet securely and it also contains Fast-Loc buckles make wearing and taking them off simple and easy. It can be worn by both men and women and comes in 3 varieties- 21 inches, 25 inches and 30 inches that can optimally carry the user and gear up to 160 lbs, 200 lbs and 250 lbs respectively. It also contains an Antishock Snowshoes poles and a free Tote Bag
8.Tubbs Frontier Snowshoe for Men (Tan/Blue)
This product by Tubb, consists of a Fit-Step frame made up of biomedical aluminium. It has a slightly upturned, rounded tail reduces impact on joints of ankle, knee as well as hips by 10%. It also contains a Rotating Toe cord design due to which the tail of the snowshoe drops and snow sheds off the tail. This reduces cardio respiratory strain (7%). Its underfoot pivot point provides the necessary grip. The 180EZ feature for streamlined binding contains a urethane heel strap and tightening mechanism with one-buckle. This enables lightweight and efficient support. Its Carbon steel toe, heel crampons contain braking teeth (front and rear) for a secure grip uphill, downhill as well as sidehill even in a packed snow conditions.
7.Lucky Bums Snowshoes for Youth
This product is made for youth and kids and is lightweight and has a strong aluminium frame and adjustable bindings that are kids friendly and easy to handle. The tail of the shoe gets lifted with every step providing better mobility and speed and also extra lateral support. It is durable due to its deck while its metal toe crampon provideS the necessary grip on packed snow.
6.1035 Snowshoe from Atlas Snowshoe Company
This product from Atlas Snowshoe Company comes with the Spring-loaded Suspension (patent of Atlas). This enables easy maneuvering and suspends one’s foot so it can absorb impact and can be moved freely with its desired articulation. It also offers better crampon penetration to be on the slopes. Its Wrap Family Bindings (Wrap Pro, Wrap Plus, Wrap Swift) provide a wide range of features and customizations based on gender-specific needs and also provides good support for the arch. Its one-pull Uniloop facilitates exceptional performance. It also contains the strong aluminium V-frames, tapered tail and heel lift bar that makes snowshoeing less energy-consuming and efficient.
5.Chinook Trekker Snowshoes
This Trekker Series snowshoes provide great traction and comfort on moderate terrains as well as packed snow that are excellent for enjoying long winter hiking. Its strong, lightweight aluminum frame ensures easy comfortable walks. Its decking and bindings are made up of UV resistant polyethylene and are therefore, are flexible up to -40F (- 40C). It also contains dual antifreeze, glove-friendly ratchet bindings. The heel straps posses quick release buckles which helps in keeping one’s feet secure. The tough aluminum crampons can rotate freely. It bites into the snow and lets the tails drop in order to shed snow. The heel crampons also enable great traction for mild slopes. This product comes with a carry bag with a back pack straps (adjustable), side handles, Velcro pole carriers, mesh ventilation and also a limited lifetime warranty.
4.MSR’s Lightning Ascent Snowshoe
This product from MSR is built on the basis of their 360 Traction frames. These frames provide great grip and security that cannot be provided by other frames. The 2-piece AT bindings provide secure, anti-freeze attachments while the Ergo Televators reduces energy loss and improves traction providing better security. It also comes with the Add-ons like Modular Flotation tails that makes maneuvering easier and smooth.
3.Tubbs Frontier Snowshoe for women (Grey/Tea)
This product is also by Tubb is build for women. It can be used by trail blazers as well as families. It consists of a Fit-Step frame of biomedical aluminium, with a rounded tail which is a little upturned. This facility reduces impact on joints of ankle, knee as well as hips by 10%. The Rotating Toe design of the snowshoe reduces problems like cardio respiratory strain (7%). It’s underfoot pivot point provided the necessary grip while the 180EZ feature provides streamlined binding. It does so with the help of a urethane heel strap and tightening mechanism with one-buckle. This enables lightweight and efficient support. Its Carbon steel toe, heel crampons contain braking teeth (front and rear) for a secure grip uphill, downhill as well as side hill in a packed snow conditions.
2.MSR’s Evo 22 Snowshoe
This product is made by MSR in USA and Ireland. It provides ideal and lasting grip in even steep slopes as its traction bars are directly molded into the deck to provide Unibody Traction. It contains anti-freeze DuoFit bindings that make adjustments easy, enables a secure fit even when one is wearing a glove and can also accommodate different kinds of footwear. Its add-on Modular Flotation tails offer better maneuvering in even packed conditions.
1.MSR’s Revo Ascent Snowshoe
This product by MSR provides high traction (particularly on traverses) with the help of the aggressive perimeter teeth of its Extract deck. The deck is made up of injected-moulded plastic that can withstand even adverse conditions. Its two Posi Lock AT binding are independently conforming and provide a secure, antifreeze attachment and can accommodate a wide range of footwear.