The Best Snowshoe Bindings

The Best Snowshoe Bindings
Walking in winter weather isn't always easy. Icy or snow-packed streets can be slick and treacherous. Strapping on a pair of snowshoes allows you to head outside for fun. When choosing a snowshoe, consider the binding. The last thing you want is to do when you're ready to use your snowshoes is fuss with the bindings.

Faber Snowshoes

Faber & Co. Inc. has manufactured snowshoes and bindings since 1870. It makes its bindings from an array of materials, and they fit a variety of snowshoes, from traditional wooden ones laced with rawhide to high-tech aluminum shoes. The bindings are designed with full pivoting systems.

Faber constructs bindings to use with specific boot types. Bindings are classified as "work" and "rubber" for use with Sorel type boots and "Sport" for use with sport boots and moccasins.

The company's hybrid snowshoes come with the bindings already installed. Faber's newest hybrid models include the Winter Rover" and the aluminum "Mountain" series with an arched and cambered frame and a double suspension pivoting system. These models are designed to provide ankle comfort with lateral control. They also give support on uneven ground and off-angle terrain.

On its website, Faber provides a four-step guide for selecting the right equipment for your needs, along with step-by-step instructions on how to attach each binding to a snowshoe.

Faber et Co. inc.
2923 Rue de la Faune
Québec, QC G2A 3W8
(418) 842-8476
fabersnowshoes.com

Crescent Moon Snowshoes

Crescent Moon, a family-owned company based in Boulder, Colorado, has been in business since 1994 and offers snowshoes and parts cut and assembled by hand in Colorado.

The company says its lightweight, teardrop-shaped snowshoe "makes walking--or running--as natural as breathing."

Crescent Moon bindings are designed to capture your entire foot in all directions and to distribute the tension equally, eliminating hot spots and providing a comfortable fit. The shoe is made to feel like a natural extension of one's foot by providing an efficient transfer of movement and motion.

The Gold Series bindings have a molded polyurethane stirrup that captures your foot with a single pull of the loop strap, and a buckle ratchets your heel into place.

The Silver Series also has a molded polyurethane stirrup and single-pull loop strap with tension lock buckles and a spring cam buckle heel strap.

Crescent Moon Snowshoes
1199 Crestmoor
Boulder, CO 80303
(800) 587-7655
www.crescentmoonsnowshoes.com

Redfeather Snowshoes

Redfeather Snowshoes was founded in 1988 and is now located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In the 1990s it made the first ratchet binding system for snowshoes, introduced the ATB strapped binding system and offered the first interchangeable binding and crampons for all its models.

Redfeather's Live Action Hinge springs back after each step and is designed to let people walk with a natural stride, reducing fatigue on long outings.

In 2000, Redfeather introduced the Pilot binding, which features a free-sliding heel plate that "automatically" adjusts to a user's boot size and secures both the front and rear portions of the binding with a single fasten. The model features crossover straps and ratchet buckles for a quick easy-on, easy-off application.

The new Conquest snowshoes feature bindings made from Hypalon II and urethane straps that cinch down to any running shoe or light hiking boot. They are designed to provide flexibility and a large range of motion.

Redfeather Snowshoes
2700 Commerce St.
La Crosse, WI 54603
(800) 525-0081
www.redfeather.com

Article Written By Karen Plant

Karen Plant earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana, School of Journalism. Her work has been published in several newspapers, online and in the Montana Journalism Review. As a native Montanan, Plant's love for the outdoors is evident in her frequent hiking, camping and other outdoor activities.

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