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Old 02-14-2013, 12:18 PM
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I have a pair of those old long-tail snowshoes shown in Ard's photo, but they hang on the wall in my home
I use to have some like that also that hung in my office, I called them antiques.

Also Kelly brought up trekking poles, ideal when snowshoeing!

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We did the same thing as Kelly, but from CostCo

Came with poles for $70ish
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You guys know how stubborn and fixed in my ways I am so if I were to expand on the relationship between the old snowshoes and I it should come as no surprise.

Well.................... I have often looked with wonder at the new compact hi tech shoes and nearly bought a set on several occasions but alas I find that like my snowshoes I too am an antique. If it weren't for the time constraints faced in these days I would much prefer to travel to and from the cabin by dog sled The trail that leads to our place is the Iditarod Trail and I often find myself riding out in the middle of the river so as to yield to the musher and his team. While I whisk along on a gas powered and noisy snowmachine I look with great curiosity and reverence as the dogs and their driver glide with almost a silent grace on the trail. It is in a way like a magnetism that emulates from those dogs to some I would guess, I know that I always feel the pull of this nostalgic but effective means of transit when I pass it.

What I find in using my old 48" Michigan shoes is a sliver of nostalgia, they are like a portal to a not so distant past. When I first bought them I was doing extended winter camps in the mountains of the Northeast.I found that besides being good for skimming across deep snow they doubled as snow shovels. The tail as a handle and the tips as the scoops. More than once the big obsolete devices cleared the footprint that would see my mountain tent pitched in its protective crater. I don't know how many miles I've put on them but they have seen the snows of NY. PA. Maine, Georgia, (yes, Georgia!) CO. and finally came into their own here in Alaska. Every few years a light coat of 'Spar varnish' applied to the lashings keeps them as new and I expect I'll be using them until such time that I can no longer wander safely into the trees.

Addressing the original post from John I would say that for occasional use the modified Bear Paw may be a good choice offering traditional construction and good performance in any conditions. We have a pair of these at the cabin also and I often choose them for winter wood cutting. Because there is no tail they are very maneuverable even in reverse. Just for fun I'll past a link to a manufacturer here;

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Wow so my wife and I are contemplating snow shoes for the same reason Fish started this thread over a year ago.

Without getting stupid dollar wise help me figure out where to go and what these things run. I saw in this thread $70 @ Costco mentioned. I don't want to dump tons of money in gear to try it, but conversely I don't want to buy junk that might suck and make us hate the activity.

As a Coloradan where would you go shop for them, Cabelas, Bass Pro,REI,Costco etc etc
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I'm a "local" fanboy and love my Redfeather snowshoes... Which are made just miles from where I live... Have owned them for 5 or 6 years... It's a much more efficient way to hike in the winter and stream access is a breeze...

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Falling down in snowshoes sucks... For all kinds of reasons you'll find out about when it happens the first time... Always bring a trekking pole for this reason
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Wow so my wife and I are contemplating snow shoes for the same reason Fish started this thread over a year ago.



Without getting stupid dollar wise help me figure out where to go and what these things run. I saw in this thread $70 @ Costco mentioned. I don't want to dump tons of money in gear to try it, but conversely I don't want to buy junk that might suck and make us hate the activity.



As a Coloradan where would you go shop for them, Cabelas, Bass Pro,REI,Costco etc etc

We bought snowshoes within two weeks after moving here in January and used them quite a bit. We went the craigslist route, got both pairs for over 60% less than retail and neither had been used more than twice. Tons of options used, I guess a lot of people buy them then don't use them.
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We bought snowshoes within two weeks after moving here in January and used them quite a bit. We went the craigslist route, got both pairs for over 60% less than retail and neither had been used more than twice. Tons of options used, I guess a lot of people buy them then don't use them.
I will probably go the Craigslist route and save some coin. I just have no idea what I am looking at / for. With my wife who she is, if she doesn't like it the first time it is over forever,so need to make sure I get equipment that either works well or I can resell if she hates it down the road.
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You might go to rei first and get the rundown on different types and their uses, that's what we did. REI also offers intro snow shoeing, maybe she could try it out in one of those before buying?
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You might go to rei first and get the rundown on different types and their uses, that's what we did. REI also offers intro snow shoeing, maybe she could try it out in one of those before buying?
Thanks and yes I might pop in there this weekend and see what they have to say. I am just trying to avoid over complicating it like I do fly fishing.
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I won't try to direct you to the type I use because they are like everything else I have; old. I really believe that if you are just looking to get into this at a novice level maybe using them to walk to a spring creek or tail water when there is more than a foot of snow, just about any entry level will satisfy your needs.

Take a look at these 2 threads by pokem and maybe contact him to see what he thinks about the ones he has. The first was when he was getting ready & the second is his report.

Snowshoeing and Fly Fishing

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I just scrolled back and saw the reply from itchmesir, Red Feather is one of the biggest names in snowshoes. They have a set for every conceivable need. Me; I'm trekking on a pair of 48" Michigan style that I bought back in 1982 They go well with that old Orvis Far & Fine I mention every other post
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