Here is a great video on how to determine the best type of snowshoes to purchase.
Snowshoes have been used for snow travel for thousands of years. The goal of all snowshoesit to keep the user above the snow by increasing the surface area they're stepping on.
Wooden snowshoes are available but aluminum shoes are much more common and definitely made of synthetic material. These snowshoes require very little maintenance which makes them my very favorite. All you need to do is some minimum bolt tightening and drying before storage.
Recreational or trail snowshoes offer the most options when you're choosing snowshoes. They come in different lengths, and widths, and have a weight rating. Purchase snowshoes with a weight rating that includes not only your weight but also anything that you're going to be carrying; your pack and other winter gear you'll be wearing.
When you're deciding between two sizes, if you're going to be in areas with dryer, lighter powdery snow, get the larger model. If you're going where snow is damped and packed down easily, you can go with the smaller size. Binding should be really easy to adjust with your gloves on which most good quality models are.
Women-specific models are available and designed around the female anatomy. And like these, they're the color of the uniform. Bindings and snowshoes on women's snowshoes are narrower, and the bindings provide more arc support because women tend to have higher arches. Pretty arches. And cramp-ons are positioned for smaller feet and smaller strides.
Back country or mountaineering snowshoes are designed for long-distance travel. These designs tend to be larger to give user more floats. For long hill climbs, pick snowshoes with climbing bars under the heel. Those can be flipped up to support the boot when you're going to be climbing for a long time. This is going to save a lot of energy and keep the muscles more relaxed. These snowshoes will have deep cramp-ons on the bottom and lots of teeth to dig in to the snow.
Trail running snowshoes are a great choice for those people who are desperate to hit the trails even though they're covered in snow. Trail running snowshoes are asymmetrical to be able to accommodate a running stride and they also have suspension bindings. Those keep the snowshoe close to the foot during the stride. These snowshoes are suitable for trails that have relatively packed snow and suitable for those of you who are crazy enough to be out there running on them.
Snowshoes 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Snowshoeing
Here is an informative video on the most common questions asked about snowshoes.
Hey Snowshoers, it's Bill again from Yukon Charlie's here to talk a little Snowshoeing 101. Here at Yukon Charlie's our great customer service folks have come up with a list of the top ten most commonly asked questions and answers on our snow shoes.
Let's start by asking is there a right and left snowshoe?
The answer is yes. For the adult and junior snowshoes equipped with either ratchet or plastic bindings, the buckles of the bindings should always face towards the outside.
What kind of footwear do I need?
Our binding will accommodate most any footwear but we have found that a good waterproof hiking boot seems to work best.
Is there a specific technique for walking on snowshoes?
We always say if you can walk, you can snowshoe. But like any activity, the more you go, the better you'll become at maneuvering on your shoes.
What size snowshoes do I need?
Snowshoes work by dispersing the user's weight across a larger area of the snow. Here's the industry standards. We always suggest going slightly larger rather than smaller.
How do I store or take care of my snowshoes?
There is no maintenance other than we suggest wiping them down before storing and keeping in a cool, dry area when not in use.
Do I need any additional equipment?
The most common accessory is poles which allow you additional balance on uneven terrain. There is also gaiters which will keep snow and debris out of your boots. A backpack to carry additional clothing, water, etc.
What do I wear when snowshoeing?
Snowshoeing is an aerobic activity. Similar to cross-country skiing so we suggest dressing in layers with wicking base layer, and waterproof top layer, and add and remove as necessary.
What do I do if I have a problem with my Yukon Charlie's Snowshoes?
We suggest going to our website YUKONCHARLIES.COM or calling one of our service agents at 1-866-SNO-SHOW to speak with a customer service rep.
Finally, why should I buy Yukon Charlie's over other brands?
We are focused on providing only the highest quality gear at prices families can afford. Our products are time and field-tested to ensure you have the best outdoor experience possible.
How to Use the Yukon Charlie's Ratchet Binding System
Here is a short video on how to use the Ratchet Binding System from Yukon Charlie.
Hey Snowshoers, it's Bill again from Yukon Charlie's, here to show you what you need to know about our Quick Click Two Ratchet Binding System. Our Ratchet Binding System is designed to accommodate and quickly adjust to most any winter footwear.
There's a left and right shoe. The buckle's always faced to the outside. We suggest for the first time you adjust the binding indoors prior to heading out. That way you will familiarize yourself with how it all works.
Start by adjusting the back strap which uses a belt bucket type closure so that your heel hits the heel plate and the ball of your foot is somewhat centered over the axle. Make sure you use the retainer clip to secure the back strap after adjusting.
Insert the ratchet strap into the ratchet buckle and simply pump the ratchet buckle up and down until the binding is secure. Repeat the procedure if you have a double ratchet system found on most adult models.
To release or loosen the ratchet simply use the thumb and pointer finger and depress the release button and push towards the outside. Remember, you may need to micro adjust the fit while on the trail.