By Chris Gorski
The following is a list of many of the frequently asked questions about snowhoes or snowshoeing. To obtain the answer to any question listed below, please click on the respective question in the list to jump to its answer.
Q: Is snowshoeing difficult to learn?
A: No! Snowshoeing is extremely easy to learn no matter your age or athletic ability. It’s a great sport for families, individuals, men, women, and children.
Q: Are snowshoes durable?
A: Modern snowshoes are very durable. High-tech materials such a carbon, aluminum, and composites make modern snow shoes durable and low maintenance.
Q: Do I need snowshoe poles?
A: No you do not need poles to enjoy snowshoeing. However, poles do give added balance and traction, making the snowshoeing experience much more enjoyable.
Q: What type of shoes do I need?
A: Most snowshoe bindings will accommodate many different types of shoes. These can include hiking boots, snowboarding boots, and mountaineering boots. For most recreational snowshoeing, we recommend a good pair of hiking boots which are waterproof and warm.
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Q: What size snowshoes do I need?
A: Snowshoe sizes is a factor of your weight and the terrain you will be tackling. For more details on exactly what size of snowshoe you need, see our sizing guide.
Q: Is snowshoeing a good workout?
A: Yes! Snowshoeing is a great, low impact, aerobic sport. It is also good for lowering cholesterol and helping to prevent heart disease. In an hour of snowshoeing, you can expect to burn anywhere between 400 and 900 calories.
Q: What type of snowshoes do I need?
A: Snowshoes come in recreational, backcountry, and race. Which type you need depends on the type of terrain you will be tackling. For more details, see out snowshoe buying guide.
Q: How do I put on snowshoes?
A: Snowshoes use bindings to connect your boots to the snowshoes. They usually use a series of straps to fasten the boots in. Always put the toe strap on first, the heel strap on second, then any remaining straps on last. They really are very simple.
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Q: What type of clothing do I need?
A: Snowshoeing is similar to other sports for the type of clothing you need. The first and most important thing to remember is that you should always dress in layers. This allows you to add or take away layers if you get hot or cold. The first layer should be a layer of long underwear which is designed to help pull moisture away from your body. The second layer should be a fleece or sweater. The third layer should be a wind and waterproof layer. As for socks, make sure they are warm. Don’t forget to bring a hat and gloves as well.
Q: Where are the best places to snowshoe?
A: In an urban environment, your local park, biking trail, or even neighborhood. If you want to get a little farther away, many places have designated trails and routes in state or national parks. If you want even more adventure, try the backcountry!
Q: How much do snowshoes cost?
A: Snowshoes can range anywhere from around $50 to $300 depending on the model and intended use.
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