Choosing the correct size snowshoe is crucial for ensuring comfort, efficiency, and safety while traversing snowy terrain. Aside from bringing extra layers, some hot coco or a snack, one of the easiest ways to ensure a great time snowshoeing is to make the right choice when considering snowshoe sizing.

Consider Your Weight:

  • The primary factor in choosing snowshoe size is your weight, including your body weight plus any gear you'll be carrying. Snowshoe sizes are typically categorized based on weight ranges.
  • Each snowshoe model will have a recommended weight range. Ensure that your weight falls within this range for optimal performance.

Snowshoe Size vs. Terrain:

  • Consider the type of terrain you'll be traversing.
    • Larger snowshoes provide better flotation in deep snow, making them ideal for backcountry or powder conditions.
    • Smaller snowshoes are more maneuverable and suitable for packed trails or steep terrain where agility is important.

Width and Length:

  • Snowshoe width also plays a role in flotation and stability. Wider snowshoes offer better flotation in deep snow, while narrower ones are more maneuverable.
  • Length affects maneuverability and weight distribution. Longer snowshoes provide more floatation, while shorter ones are easier to maneuver.

Gender and Body Type:

  • Some snowshoe models are specifically designed for men, women, or children. Women's snowshoes are generally narrower and have a smaller frame to accommodate a woman's stride and gait.
  • Consider your body type and stride length when selecting snowshoes. Taller individuals may benefit from longer snowshoes, while those with a narrower stance might prefer narrower models.

Additional Considerations:

  • If you plan to use trekking poles or carry a heavy backpack, consider sizing up to accommodate the additional weight.
  • Snow conditions also play a role in snowshoe performance. Soft, powdery snow requires larger snowshoes for better floatation, while packed or icy snow may require smaller, more maneuverable snowshoes.

Final Tips:

  • When in doubt, it's often better to size up rather than down. Larger snowshoes provide better floatation and stability, especially in deep snow.
  • Visit us in store and speak to one of our experienced staff members about your goals or the trip you are taking. We will help you find the correct snowshoe for your adventure!