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Old 11-14-2008, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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snowshoes

seems we have enuff gun and ammo threads in here to start our own war

so in light of my planned Bodie trip and the possibility that my f350 will not make it the whole way.

I have always thought that at least carrying snowshoes with me on winter runs would be a nice safety factor and I might even go snowshoeing as a matter of recreation.

so school me on snowshoes...
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've got some cheapies that work great. not big enough for long hauls, but good enough for a couple hour hike when I know I'll get back with no issues.

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Old 11-14-2008, 01:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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MSR Snowshoes

Pretty much the coolest snowshoes in the world....
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I will check out the MSR

But these guys seem pretty badass

http://www.redfeather.com/scripts/pr...p?idproduct=33

Made in the USA…While other companies are contemplating how many units to buy from China, the Redfeather team is crafting over 200 snowshoes every day. Our mission to provide high-quality, innovative products is best accomplished right here in the USA. (La Crosse, Wi to be precise…) We maintain efficiencies, ensure quality control, and most importantly guarantee that when the snow flies we have the gear to hit the trail.
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MSR evo's i believe what they are called....i used them in arctic warfare school...they're really nice...lightweight, durable, inexpensive ($130 i think), and an overall good product...
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x 3 on the m s r shoes
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I will check out the MSR

But these guys seem pretty badass

http://www.redfeather.com/scripts/pr...p?idproduct=33

Made in the USA…While other companies are contemplating how many units to buy from China, the Redfeather team is crafting over 200 snowshoes every day. Our mission to provide high-quality, innovative products is best accomplished right here in the USA. (La Crosse, Wi to be precise…) We maintain efficiencies, ensure quality control, and most importantly guarantee that when the snow flies we have the gear to hit the trail.
with those redfeathers make sure they have a rivets or bolt together pivet point where your boot goes....if it doesn't over time it will rip making your snowshoes worthless...if you don't understand i will get my snowshoes out and take some pics for yah....i know that my shop when i lived in alaska bought some $75 cabela's snowshoes and one by one they fell apart after our road marches...i learned about these in that school and honestly i have had them ever since....so that's been about 5-6 years now....

also how much do you plan on carrying??? how much do you weigh; make sure you get a shoe that will hold you up in the snow...i've seen some big boys with big packs go sinking right into the snow making them useless...

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Never used shoes before, but from what I've heard MSR is the way to go
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the MSR lightning 25 look badass. I like the tech and features

I just email MSR to find out what country they are made in.

as you guys know...made in USA is important to me


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Those are the ones I have.

ARB's old SoDo Seattle headquarters was a couple blocks away from MSR and the snowshoes were made in house at that time. That was 3 years ago, so things may have changed.
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I already got a reply from MSR. they are made in seattle.

hey Tim...do they have an outlet or off-priced store in seattle ?
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http://www.msrgear.com/snowshoes/denalievoascent.asp

these are the ones that i got....make sure what ever you do get a repair kit....
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repair kit ??? like what duct tape and bailing wire ?

I always carry that
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I want to get a set of these.
http://store.colemans.com/cart/snows...bo-p-1796.html
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Im partial to wooden ones...

http://www.totalsnowshoes.com/wood-snowshoes.html

Happen to have a pair equivalent to the Alaska model in the 10x56 on the above web site that I got in/around ~'72. The long style can be a PITA in brush-heavily wooded areas but a bit like being on cross country skis in open terrain. Only issue Ive ever had was the classic problem with leather bindings freezing up iffen I dont prep them with oil or what have you for water repellancy before a given trek.

Paul G., Im REALLY surprised a Canadian like yerself doesnt have a pair already...

Levity aside,

1. Avoid the plastic frame style in a bear paw size like the plague, they may be light but they can break-bend real easy across the width with bad foot placement and deep snow.

2. I personally am not fond of shorter wider style as one ends up walking like they had hemerroid surgery or a nasty sunburn on the inside area of the thighs. The gait required in that style gets real tiring after a couple miles, try a set out where ya buy them 1st and youll see what I mean.

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Shit that's enough to make a shoe right there!
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Im partial to wooden ones...

http://www.totalsnowshoes.com/wood-snowshoes.html

Happen to have a pair equivalent to the Alaska model in the 10x56 that I got in/around ~'72. The long style can be a PITA in brush-heavily wooded areas but a bit like being on cross country skis in open terrain. Only issue Ive ever had was the classic problem with leather bindings freezing up iffen I dont prep them with oil or what have you for water repellancy before a given trek.

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I used to have wooden ones when I was a teenager (12 x 42 Huron style). They worked great until the neighbour's dog ate one but that was just as much my fault for leaving them outside on the ground. I repaired them with some of my Mum's macrame cord and kept on truckin'. I don't know what ever happened to them though. I'd like to get some again, there's just something about them.

It's funny about your link, I found this one and it is the same people but a different website name. http://www.snowshoestore.com/index.html
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I want a pair for winter training up at the cabin, can't run there in the winter without em. What do I need to consider when looking for a pair to run in?
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I haven't looked too closely but there might be some good info here: http://www.snowshoemag.com/index.cfm
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I want a pair for winter training up at the cabin, can't run there in the winter without em. What do I need to consider when looking for a pair to run in?
I cant say anything particular about jogging-running but basically snow shoe type depends on terrain and snow depth as I understand it. The longer narrow is definately like doing a cross country skate gait but the tails hang up in brush-woody areas. Some folks even do the ski pole thing because of the similarity

Up hill regardless of shoe style means doing the classic ski herring bone up the hill gait up the hill and a sorta Cross country telemark ski/walk down the other side.

Light is good fer distance as the weight of my wood ones gets old iffen yer an out of shape old guy like me.

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I have only been snowshoeing once. I rented some MSR shoes from REI. It was way back during El Nino (spanish for 'the Nino' ) and I was towing my backpack on a 2 person sled. They worked fine on packed stuff and were easy to walk in...but in the deep powder I still sank to my crotch.
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Here's another link that you might want to ck.

http://www.tubbssnowshoes.com/

I've used Tubbs snowshoes without any problems. Size the snowshoes for your weight and application.

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