Before you come in and check out our extensive snowshoe selection here at Fin & Feather, become an educated consumer and read about some snowshoe basics and sizing guide to find the perfect fit. Fin & Feather has all the snowshoes you could need for Iowa and abroad and here for you today is everything you need to know before buying the perfect pair:
Why and What are Snowshoes?
Snowshoes allow you to travel deep into the snow without sinking deep into the snow. Much easier than walking with your regular snow boots, snowshoes accommodate generally any footwear and attach via a binding and gives you “flotation” over the snow by spreading your weight over the large, flat surface that a snowshoe provides.
The First Thing to Consider When Choosing Snowshoes
The first thing to consider when choosing what snowshoe is right for you is the weight you’ll be carrying on top of them, including your personal body weight and the weight of the gear you’ll be carrying. Generally, the more weight you’re carrying the longer your snowshoe will need to be. From there you’ll want to consider the type of trail you’ll be traveling on and the type of snow you’ll be traveling trough. The good people over at Outdoor Gear Lab.com have come up with a handy sizing chart for carrying weight and length of snowshoe which is displayed below:
What Snowshoe Should I Use for Different Terrains?
If you are buying snowshoes for a particular adventure, you’ll want to consider what type of terrain you’ll be exploring. For anywhere in Iowa, where you’ll typically find flat or intermediate rolling terrain, recreational snowshoes with less aggressive crampons will always do the trick. If you’re travelling into deep snow or up a mountain, backcountry models that are bigger and wider with more traction will be your ticket. While recreational snowshoes and backcountry snowshoes can mix and mingle in design, running and racing specific snowshoes are very unique in style featuring less weight, smaller frames, and less concern for flotation with the assumption that you’ll be travelling groomed or packed trails. Want to find the right snowshoe for your terrain and body type? Check out the following sizing guides from Tubbs and MSR:
The Difference between Men’s and Women’s Snowshoes
While men can wear women’s snowshoes and vice-versa, snowshoes can vary slightly to accommodate common differences between men and women’s weight and stride. Women’s snowshoes will typically be smaller and more available in smaller sizes to account for weight differences, and often women’s snowshoes will also be narrower to accommodate a smaller stride.
The Snowshoes at Fin & Feather
Now that you have a little knowledge about snowshoes and which pair might be right for you, here is the current snowshoe collection at Fin & Feather. We carry primarily Tubbs and MSR snowshoes, and for more information you can click on the item name below:
Journey – varied terrain, multi-use snowshoe great for ascending & descending
Flex TRK – varied terrain snowshoe, Quick Pull rotational bindings
Flex VRT – backcountry snowshoe, Boa Closure System bindings
Flex RDG –Lightweight, all-mountain terrain featuring Boa Closure System
Revo Explore – all mountain snowshoes with optional additional tails for deep powder
EVo Ascent – aggressive backcountry snowshoes intended to climb up and down mountains
Lightning Ascent – “the pinnacle of ultra-light and aggressive all-terrain performance”
Evo Tails – modular additions that can be combined to an EVO snowshoe for increased floatation