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Snowshoeing is a fun and easy winter activity that offers many health benefits. Choosing the right snowshoes based on weight, terrain, and snow type is important. Snowshoes are available in wood or aluminum with different lacing options. It’s a great activity for all ages and skill levels.

Snowshoeing is an easy and fun winter activity. It’s just a matter of strapping on a pair of snowshoes to your feet and taking a walk in the snow. Chances are you’ve seen pictures of snowshoes in a book or on television, but how much do you really know?
Snowshoeing is a great form of exercise for all ages and weight groups. It’s not difficult, and the low-impact workout you get from venturing out with a pair of snowshoes offers many health benefits. Although it takes some practice to get used to having a pair of snowshoes on your feet, it takes only a few minutes before even a beginner can maneuver with ease.

As with any recreational equipment, it is important to choose the pair of snowshoes that best suit the individual user. Contrary to what you see in cartoons, it’s not as simple as putting on a pair of snowshoes and venturing out into the snow. Choose the best shoes for your size and weight.

The right pair of snowshoes must be able to support the weight of the snowshoe in order to walk in the snow to avoid finding yourself ankle deep in white matter. Also consider your own equipment. How much does the coat weigh? Will snowshoeing be backpacking?

What type of terrain will you be snowshoeing on? For example, if you are snowshoeing in a meadow or open space, you probably need a long snowshoe. If you will be hiking in the woods, however, shorter snowshoes are required. There are also fitness snowshoes for those who enjoy jogging in the snow. Your favorite activity should determine your snowshoeing as different levels of “floatation” are required. The type of snow present in the area should also be considered.

Snowshoes are available in wood or aluminum. Which kind is better than the other is debatable. Purists prefer wooden snowshoes which haven’t changed much in the last hundred years. They are also considered more aesthetically pleasing. Aluminum shoes are said to be lighter and easier to handle. In addition to the material of the shoe itself, the lacing must be considered. The rawhide lacing is also a favorite with purists who like the rich look, while the neoprene lacing is low-maintenance.

Your sporting goods store salesman or snowshoe rental agent is sure to have advice for anyone who isn’t sure which snowshoe to use.
Snowshoeing is an easy sport to learn and fun for the whole family. Why not try it on your next winter break?

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