How to Choose a Snowshoe

Answer these simple questions to figure out which snowshoe is best for you:

1.  What is your gender?
Choosing the appropriate shoe for your gender can be an important part of your purchase decision. The truth is, men and women are shaped differently and walk differently. A women's specific snowshoe should include a narrower frame shape to accommodate a woman's narrow stance, as well as a binding that is molded to a women's boot last.
2.  What is your primary intended use?
Consider what type of terrain you will snowshoe on. If you plan to venture into the backcountry you should have a snowshoe with aggressive traction in a size that will give you proper flotation in deep snow. If you plan to stay on packed trails, aggressive traction and flotation are less important than, say, ease-of-use and comfort.
3.   What is your total weight with gear?
If you are planning on venturing in to the wilderness off trail you should be sure to select a snowshoe that is the right size for your weight. Having a snowshoe that is too small will cause you to sink deeply into soft snow. A snowshoe that is too large, conversely, will be heavy and clunky. Always consult the product hangtag, website or a shop employee to learn what the best size for your weight is.
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