How Do Snowshoes Work?

How Do Snowshoes Work?
Snowshoeing is an easy and affordable way to enjoy winter trails. Snowshoes are specially designed to distribute your weight over a larger surface area so that you don't sink into the snow. Snowshoes' large surface area and other features allow you to literally float through the snow.

Snowshoe Frames

Traditional snowshoes were made out of wood, but nowadays they are typically aluminum or plastic. Oval-shaped frames provide the greatest flotation, whereas snowshoes meant for running are more asymmetrically shaped.

Snowshoe Decking

The decking is the part of the snowshoe that keeps you afloat. The decking creates the snowshoe's surface area and is typically made of vinyl or nylon.

Snowshoe Tracking

Not only are snowshoes designed for flotation, but they also feature traction devices or crampons that help you grip snow and ice.

Snowshoe Bindings

Bindings are what fasten your boots to the snowshoes. You do not need special boots to go snowshoeing; most hiking or winter boots will fit into the bindings.

Snowshoe Heel Lifts

Some snowshoes come with heel lifts, an added feature that lies under the heel of your boot. Heel lifts can be flipped up to support your foot in a more natural position during long ascents.

Article Written By Wren Mcilroy

Based out of Salt Lake City, Wren Mcilroy has been writing outdoor recreation and travel-related articles for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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