What Are Snowshoes Made Out of?

What Are Snowshoes Made Out of?
Snowshoeing is a fun and exciting way to get around in the snow. Once made out of wood, animal hide and sinew, modern snowshoes are made from an array of materials that have made them lighter and stronger.

Metals

Tubular aluminum has replaced wood for the frame on modern snowshoes. It makes modern snowshoes lighter and gives them a smaller footprint.

Synthetics

Nylons and plastics have replaced sinew for the material used to stretch over snowshoe frames and provide movement in the snow. These synthetic materials have a flexible quality even in extremely cold temperatures and allow the snowshoes to be dynamic and light.

Crampons

Aluminum, hinged crampons are common on modern snowshoes. These are metal cleats that provide traction in the snow. Using aluminum, or in rare cases, titanium, for a hinged crampon makes snowshoes more versatile in climbing steep slopes, while helping to keep them light and strong.

Plastics

The use of high-tech plastic for modern snowshoe bindings has given snowshoes better grip for the foot and boot. The plastic also helps cut down on weight.

Nylon Cord

Although rawhide once held snowshoes together, nylon cord now does the job. It is stronger, lighter and more reliable.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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