Choosing The Right Snowshoes

Snowshoe activities are great as a solo outdoor experience or with family and friends. Becoming more popular every year, it is important you find the right shoe to explore your unknowns. Snowshoe activities are performed by all age, fitness levels or expertise. Once outdoors you refresh most of your body while enjoying the winter air and elements.

Snowshoe Glossary – Features to consider when choosing which snowshoes are best for you.

Frame choices – 6061 or 7075 aluminum. 7075 is lighter and more durable with a cost. 6061 is most common giving you the necessary strength.

Binding choices – Ratchet or Quick Set. Ratchet is your traditional binding [Explorer Plus, Expedition Trail] . Expedition Outdoors uses a dual stainless steel spring system to gives near lifetime use. Quick set bindings [Truger Trail, Truger Trail II and Norske] are an easier way of setting your boot into the binding. One pull will set the binding. Another pull releases the binding. All Expedition bindings carry a lifetime warranty. Simply register your snowshoes on warranty page and you are protected. A minimal charge of $7.50 will cover the binding and postage.

Crampon choices – Expedition features two styles – Expedition’s steel standard aggressive crampons [Explorer Plus, Expedition Trail] , which are lower profile and perform perfectly on trails, in the woods or lightly rugged terrain. Expedition’s aluminum strong deep bite crampons [Truger Trail, Truger Trail II and Norske] give uses a deep and aggressive bite on the toe and heel. Works best in deep snow, rocky and wooded terrain.

Heel Lift – Expedition’s Truger Trail II include a Heel Lift. The integrated Heel Lift feature keeps your heel centered and quickly alleviates calf strain and fatigue on steeper inclines or while fast trekking. When you are trekking up a steep incline you will benefit from the comfort and efficient functioning of Heel Lift. To use, simply pull up the rubber tab until it clicks into place. Now your foot will rest on the heel lift as you hike up the incline or fast trekking.

Poles – Expedition matches a pair of trekking poles in their kits. Poles are not required but aid you in various situations. Using poles with a snow basket will provide greater stability on challenging terrain. Trekking poles reduce physical strain on your knees and back while increasing your cardiovascular activity because of your upper body movement. Expedition Outdoors developed a variety of telescoping poles that easily adjust to your height and arm length.