TOP 17 Best Snowshoes Reviewed 2019 for Your Winter Hiking Adventures

Skiing and snowboarding are two of the most popular winter sports in the world.

But not everyone is able to do either – which is a great shame because many people can miss out on the wintery majesty of the mountains, especially after a fresh layer of powder.

Let’s take a look at snowshoeing instead.

Gone are the days when it looked like hikers were tying tennis rackets to their feet. Snowshoe tech has come a long way.

And aside from being loads of fun – it’s one of the best physical workouts your body can do. Even just getting out there once or twice a month, you’ll soon be jacked with buns of steel.

So, with winter fast approaching (if it’s not here already), don’t miss this review of the best snowshoes of 2019.

A buyer’s guide and FAQ section will follow.

TOP 17 Best Snowshoes Reviewed 2019

Tubbs Snowflake Snowshoes for Kids

Review: Founded in Norway (not the country – the town) in Maine in 1906, Tubbs is the world leader in snowshoe design and manufacture.

This pair certainly won’t be their only entry on this list, but we’ll start at the budget end with something for the kids – because you want the whole family involved. The Snowflake snowshoe is the perfect starter shoe for kids aged from three to six, with a weight range of under 50 lbs.

It has an easy-to-use two-step binding, a heel grip area on the deck, and gripping molded plastic toe-claws to ensure solid steps and stability. Bright and colorful, the shoes also come with their own sticker pack so the kids can customize them however they desire.

Easily the best kids snowshoes available and a great way to help keep them active this winter.

Pros

  • Market-leading brand.
  • Durable and well-made.
  • Colorful.
  • Easy-to-use.
  • Sticker set included.

Cons

  • Stickers are likely to fall off with use.
  • Not built for more than playing around.

Takeaway

While it’s going to be some time before they can join you on a full hike, these snowshoes are perfect for getting your little darlings used to the concept and for a fun time in the snow.

It won’t be long before they graduate to youth shoes anyway – so keep your eyes peeled for those.

Chinook Trekker Snowshoes

Review: A budget adult shoe now with the Chinook Trekker 25. They’re designed with a lightweight aluminum frame that is strong and durable, as well as being ergonomic so you have the most comfortable experience possible.

They feature UV resistant polyethylene decking, easy-to-use dual ratchet bindings and heel straps with quick-release buckles. The heavy-duty crampons rotate freely to bite into the snow, while the heel grips provide solid traction when you’re half skiing down slopes (which is easily the most fun part).

A carry bag is included which has side handles and velcro straps for your walking poles. The recommended load is 130-210 lbs.

Pros

  • Great price.
  • Lightweight.
  • Carry bag included.

Cons

  • Won’t stand up to more challenging hikes – but you get what you pay for.

Takeaway

For the price, they’re the best snowshoes for beginners to try out the activity and see if it’s for you. A great budget option, but they’re not going to hold their own for more experienced snow-hike addicts.

Enkeeo All-Terrain Snowshoes

Review: Made from a lightweight aluminum alloy, these striking black and orange snowshoes are ergonomic and make use of a streamlined design with a slightly raised tail for a more comfortable hiking experience.

The metal frame is strong and durable, while the PE decking provides maximum floatation on the snow. They feature heel straps with quick-release buckles to keep your feet securely in place, and all-terrain forged aluminum alloy crampons for aggressive traction no matter the terrain.

Double ratchet bindings are fully adjustable and can fit any footwear, while the one-buckle tightening mechanism coupled with a TPE heel strap provides efficient support when you’re on the slopes.

Pros

  • Affordable price.
  • Stylish color design.
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Carry bag included.

Cons

  • Size and weight measurements might be a little off – make sure you check before purchase.

Takeaway

A solid snowshoe that has a lot going for it at an affordable price. Just double-check your size and weight because it doesn’t appear to be accurate.

Flashtek Snowshoes

Review: Available in 21, 25 and 30-inch sizes, these Flashtek snowshoes have an optimum weight range of 150-260 lbs – which thankfully includes anything you might be carrying at the time.

They are constructed from long-lasting lightweight 6000 series aircraft aluminum frame, with DuPont pivot, environmental HDPE decking, and forged aluminum alloy crampons. Ergonomic and streamlined, the fast pull binding system offers easy entry and fast-lock allows your winter boots to be put on and off in no time.

This set comes with its own carry bag, with the great bonus of a pair of trekking poles thrown in for good measure. Altogether an excellent deal considering the price.

Pros

  • Great price for what you get.
  • Quality materials.
  • Walking poles and carry case included.

Cons

  • A few reports of the straps coming loose – so bear that in mind when putting them on.

Takeaway

A great package here with the shoes, the bag, and the walking poles all in. They might not be the best snowshoes for the backcountry, but for light hiking, they’re perfectly acceptable.

WildHorn Outfitters Sawtooth Snowshoes

Review: Wildhorn Outfitters has made significant improvements to their Sawtooth snowshoes after their 2018 model came in for some criticism. Now, they’re back with the updated version after taking on board customer feedback.

They return featuring a reinforced ratchet binding with heavy-duty spring-loaded clips and a new heel strap with an auto-locking system. They’re available in 21 and 27-inches but can easily adjust to the size of the user’s foot.

The new ratchet-style binding uppers with quick release and a buckle secure heel strap give the shoes a nice custom feel, with no lacing necessary.

Built with a super-lightweight frame for optimal floatation in deep snow, reinforced crampons for improved traction, a steep incline heel-lift riser, and much more, the Sawtooth offers the same quality and features of a snowshoe three times the price.

There’s great value for money here.

Pros

  • Packed with practical features.
  • Excellent price for what you get.
  • Solid construction.
  • Choice of colors.

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a carrying case.

Takeaway

For the price, these snowshoes from Wildhorn are well worth the money. Excellent quality through and through with some high-end features for a fraction of the cost. Top marks.

G2 Go2Gether Snowshoes Kit for Youth

Review: Once the kids have graduated from the toddler snowshoes, you should be thinking about replacing them with this G2 youth kit. Available in 7 and 16 inches, they can take a maximum weight of 100 lbs with gear included.

They’re made from a lightweight aluminum alloy frame which provides a stable platform and HDPE decking creates excellent floatation. The comfortable ratcheting binding easily adjusts to cater for any footwear, while the durable steel crampons ensure a solid grip on snow and ice.

The set includes a pair of lightweight aluminum trekking poles with rubber composite handles and easy adjustable flip-lock system. They can extend to a length of up to 45 inches. A breathable, mesh carry-bag is also thrown in with the deal.

Pros

  • Good sizing for youths.
  • Trekking poles included.
  • Carry case.
  • Funky design.
  • Ideal starter set for kids over five.

Cons

  • For easy hikes only.

Takeaway

They’re not the best mountaineering snowshoes, but for a first pair for the younger members of your family, you can’t go wrong with these. A great entry-level option for the kids – and trekking poles are a big bonus.

Winterial Highland Snowshoes

Review: These 30-inch long snowshoes have a recommended weight between 140-240 lbs. They’re lightweight and durable, made with a strong aluminum frame and rugged plastics, with heel bindings that make it easier to climb hills and the aluminum teeth help to provide increased traction and grip to the snow.

Winterial has made comfort a priority with these snowshoes, improving the fit and including two, anti-shock walking poles to boost your overall snowshoeing experience.

For even more comfort, check out these winter hiking boots and pair them together for a really enjoyable trek – with or without snow.

Pros

  • Quality materials.
  • Built for maximum comfort.
  • Trekking poles included.
  • Carry bag.

Cons

  • A choice of colors would have been nice – the gold is a bit bland for my tastes.

Takeaway

A comfortable, well-made snowshoe that will be ideal for most casual users, over fair to moderate winter hikes.

Yukon Charlies Advanced Snowshoe

Review: Yukon Charlies is a US company based in Denver, where no doubt they get plenty of practice developing their quality snowshoes for all the family. Regarded as a great intermediate shoe company, this is an advanced version that’s part of their lineup.

It features their fast-fit II binding system and the rapid-lite flex heel strap to allow speedy entry and exit capabilities, the ultra-strong 6000 aluminum frame is the strongest and most torsionally-rigid frame they’ve produced, while the snow-motion system adjusts to your every move.

Aesthetically, it’s a pro-looking snowshoe with construction to match, designed for use in the toughest backcountry. They’ve been making these things since 1996, and there’s plenty to like here.

Pros

  • Experienced manufacturer.
  • Tough and durable build.
  • Pro look and feel.
  • Snow-motion ankle system.

Cons

  • No carrying case included.

Takeaway

A professional looking snowshoe with world-class design and construction backing it up. Yukon Charlies is a name to trust in the snowshoe world.

Tubbs Snowshoes Xplore Snowshoe

Review: Another Tubbs entry now with this Xplore model, with a comfortable, SoftTec decking that provides durable, lightweight flotation. There’s a rotating toe cord that allows the tail to drop to shake the snow off the rear end – ideal for getting rid of excess weight.

The Quickpull binding cinches easily and is effortless to unlock with a simple buckle push. At the toe and heel, the recreational crampons are made of carbon steel with braking teeth for up, down, and sidehill climbing.

The frame is cleverly designed with biomechanical aluminum that reduces impact on the joints, so you can stay out for longer if you’ve still got the energy. This is marketed as a starter snowshoe, but really it’s suitable for all abilities.

Pros

  • Name to trust in snowshoeing.
  • Premium build materials.
  • Lightweight design.
  • Comfortable.

Cons

  • The straps might be a bit fiddly for some.
  • No carry-bag.

Takeaway

A great shoe for those looking to start with a really good pair and then work their way up. Tubbs know how to make a quality, good-looking snowshoe for any experience level.

MSR Evo Trail Hiking Snowshoes

Review: Mountain Safety Research has been making quality climbing equipment since 1969, with a quest to improve the safety standard in everything they do. They know a thing or two about innovative designs, and these rugged, dependable, all-condition snowshoes offer excellent traction and floatation on snowy trails and rolling terrain.

They feature steel traction rails and brake bars that have been molded into the decking, with carbon steel crampons for a tough, uncompromising grip. The DuoFit bindings deliver freeze-proof, glove-friendly, adjustable attachments to a wide range of footwear, so you’re never going to have to fiddle about with them in the cold.

They even have the option of mounting 6-inch modular floatation tails for added floatation in particularly deep powder – but they are sold separately.

Pros

  • Outstanding quality and craftsmanship.
  • Name to trust in mountaineering.
  • Super lightweight.
  • Ideal for tougher hikes and backcountry.
  • Built to last.
  • Choice of colors.

Cons

  • No carry bag.

Takeaway

A top-quality pair of snowshoes from a respected name in mountaineering – but this is only the beginning of what MSR is capable of with their snowshoes.

And since these are glove-friendly, you might as well pick up a new pair of awesome hiking gloves, and throw in some hand warmers while you’re at it.

Atlas Snowshoes Company Endeavor Snowshoe

Review: The Atlas Endeavor snowshoe features a spring-loaded suspension system, which follows the natural articulation of the foot for easy and safer maneuvering, while the composite V-style frame ensures you track straight in the snow.

There’s a heel lift bar for added assistance when tackling uphill slopes, a durable, rugged decking, and stainless steel crampons. Atlas has been developing the spring technology since 1990, the brainchild of Stanford graduates as part of a project.

Today, Atlas is one of the most respected snowshoe companies in the world and this model holds up superbly in even the toughest, coldest and most challenging conditions – including at high altitudes.

Pros

  • Spring-loaded design.
  • Reputable company.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Built to last.
  • V-shape improves tracking.

Cons

  • None to speak of – maybe no choice of colors?

Takeaway

A solid snowshoe with the clever spring-loaded suspension system to make it even easier for you to traipse up and down snowy hills. One of the best snowshoes for hiking there is, but if you’re going up high, make sure you have one of these winter jackets for extreme cold.

The snowshoes might be awesome, but you need the apparel to back them up.

MSR Women’s Revo Trail Hiking Snowshoes

Review: MSR is back with these women’s trail hiking snowshoes, rugged and durable, built purposely for a narrow gait for improved agility with a lighter weight. They provide edge-to-edge traction keeping you sure-footed on a variety of different terrain, while the perimeter teeth add extra grip.

The injection-molded ExoTract tapered plastic deck withstands abusive conditions and adds torsional flex for better control. Like all the MSR models, they have glove-friendly fastenings, freeze-proof bindings that are adjustable to use with almost any footwear.

They come in 22 and 25-inch sizes and are the best snowshoes for women, hands down.

Pros

  • Name to trust.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Designed for women.
  • Tough and robust.
  • Super-lightweight.

Cons

  • No carry-bag.

Takeaway

Easily the best women’s snowshoes for 2019, MSR has done it again with this pair of outstanding quality shoes that are built to last while keeping your feet firmly on the ground.

Check out these amazing hiking pants for women and treat yourself to an awesome new winter trekking look.

RedFeather Men’s Hike Recreational Snowshoe Kit

Review: Based out of Wisconsin, Redfeather was the first company to introduce the lightweight aluminum V-Tail design snowshoe back in 1988 to revolutionize the sport. This model is part of their recreational series – built for flat and easy terrain – but it’s still a solid performer in its own right.

It features easy to adjust bindings and a less aggressive traction system for beginners to master the snowshoe technique with minimum fuss.

They feature a semi-rigid injected molded polyurethane toe and heel frame for superior lateral support, a quick-adjust nylon webbing to secure the foot in the frame, and a live-action hinge that lifts the tail of the shoe from the snow with every step for added mobility and speed.

Not only is this a quality product all round, but it also comes with trekking poles and an attractive carry bag.

Pros

  • Pioneering snowshoe company.
  • Top-quality build.
  • Easy to understand sizing system.
  • Attractive trekking poles and carry bag included.

Cons

  • None to speak of – a great product.

Takeaway

Redfeather belongs to a not-for-profit company that specifically employs people with disabilities.

Not only do they produce outstanding snowshoes, but their ethical and moral compass is pointed in the right direction. Pick up a pair of these and feel smug for helping them out.

MSR Evo Ascent Mountaineering Snowshoes

Review: We’re moving into pro territory now with these MSR Evo Ascent snowshoes, built to tackle steep climbs and tough terrain in the backcountry.

Steel traction rails and brake bars molded directly into snowshoe decks provide a secure grip, while the Tri fit bindings deliver ample, freeze-resistant and glove-friendly Security, easily accommodating a wide range of footwear.

Like other MSR snowshoes, you can pimp them out with modular floatation tails for added lift and to help you carry a heavier load in the snow.

As it stands, these 22-inch shoes can bear up to 180 lbs. They’re built like tanks, designed to last and withstand whatever conditions you decide to throw at them – or the mountain decides to throw at you.

Pros

  • Market leaders in snowshoes.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Premium materials.
  • Tough and durable.
  • Designed for harder treks.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • No carry bag!

Takeaway

I get that the shoes sell themselves when you reach this level, but surely a carry bag wouldn’t go amiss? Still, this is another top-quality product from MSR, but we’ve come to expect nothing less.

Get yourself a good winter hiking jacket and take these bad boys out on the snowy trails this winter.

Tubbs Men’s Flex ALP Snowshoes

Review: Tubbs pull out one of their top-of-the-range shoes with this Flex ALP snowshoe, which has this rather clever FLEX system that allows the snowshoe to roll more naturally underfoot from heel strike to toe-off.

The tail then absorbs the shock from the initial heel strike, making it much kinder to all the leg joints. The advanced torsion deck design adapts to variable snow conditions underfoot, allowing torsional articulation throughout the body of the snowshoe, enhancing traction, biomechanics, and comfort on uneven terrain.

It also features (among other cool things) a Viper 2.0 carbon steel toe crampons, with a jagged tooth construction that maximizes weighted traction and responsiveness. The aggressive tangs in the toe crampons are concave to give the crampons a scooping function in soft snow.

Basically, it’s an ingenious invention and you should get one.

Pros

  • Snowshoe brand to trust.
  • Very well designed.
  • Sturdy construction.
  • Super comfortable user experience.

Cons

  • Very expensive.

Takeaway

A beautifully constructed shoe with ingenious features and technology to ensure you have the most comfortable snowshoe experience possible. Pick up some tough mountaineering pants to go with this before you hit nose-bleeding heights.

TSL Snowshoes Symbioz Elite Snowshoe

Review: Founded in 1981, TSL Snowshoes are a French company based in the heart of the Alps – and what better environment to develop this kind of quality in? It’s a bold statement to claim that the Symbioz Elite is the most technologically advanced snowshoe on the market, but they’ve certainly got a good bet at taking the crown.

It also uses a flex technology to adapt to your movements and the terrain, while the precise memory toe adjustment binding system allows the user to customize the length in a matter of seconds. It features a ratcheted instep strap for added comfort, and as the shoe flexes the carbon fiber inserts will store the energy and power it back at the end of your stride.

The muscles in your legs will love you.

Pros

  • World-class design and construction.
  • Practical, ingenious technology.
  • Badass look and feel.
  • Built to last.

Cons

  • Very pricey.

Takeaway

A gorgeous snowshoe from the French, packed with fatigue-reducing features and built to last a lifetime with a little TLC. Your investment here will be well worth it if you’re an avid snowshoer.

MSR Lightning Ascent Backcountry Snowshoes

Review: 2018’s MSR Lightning was a regular at the top of the best snowshoe lists last year (and this year – because some websites don’t seem to update) but this is the new release and it has quickly garnered a storm of praise.

It’s ultralight at just 4.33 lbs, built to tackle the toughest backcountry terrain, and it boasts 360-degree traction frames that deliver edge-to-edge grip, especially on traverses, while durable steel DTX crampons provide serious bite on those slippery slopes.

The paragon bindings are a one-piece contouring strap that will wrap securely around any footwear for a super-snug fit that eliminates pressure points and ultimately makes your trek that much more comfortable. Finally, the Ergo Televator heel lift bar flips up to increase uphill efficiency, provide help on steep ascents and reduces fatigue.

Without a doubt the best backcountry snowshoe on the market.

Pros

  • Everything.

Cons

  • Price – that’s pretty crazy for a snowshoe.

Takeaway

Do you snowshoe regularly? Are you super keen on the sport? Are you tired of buying inferior products? Get this. Simple. And some winter hiking pants while you’re at it.

How to Choose the Best Snowshoes for Winter Hiking

Snowshoes are deceptively complex contraptions that deserve a little bit of an explanation if you’re going to get the best out of them and make a good choice for the model you want to purchase.

Let’s dive right into what you need to be considering, but for a TL/DR bite-size guide, check out the short video below.

Decide on the Terrain

It’s really important that you first decide what kind of snowshoeing you and your family are going to be doing – and where.

There are generally three to four types of snowshoes available on the market today, capable of handling different terrain and conditions.

Recreational Snowshoes

Built for easy strolls, hikes that aren’t going to be too demanding, usually on flat, even terrain.

Because they have a less aggressive traction system, they’re ideal for beginners, younger and older users, and family trips.

Rolling Terrain Snowshoes

A step up in technical ability, with improved traction and other features that are suitable for going off the trails. They can handle anything but the steepest and toughest ice and snow.

forest in winter

Backcountry Snowshoes

Made for summiting, taking on steep terrain, tackling challenging ice and snow, going well off the beaten path and exploring the backcountry. They have the most advanced traction system to really bite into the frozen ground.

Running Snowshoes

These do exactly what it says on the tin. They’re designed for trail running in the snow, they’re lighter, more streamlined, with excellent traction, and are built to offer maximum mobility cross country.

Decide what interests you the most and then take it from there.

Size and Weight Capacity

Like a normal pair of shoes, you need to get the size that’s right for you when choosing snowshoes – but unlike a normal pair, the sizing is a little different.

While the bindings can be adjusted to suit your actual shoe size, snowshoes come in different lengths, such as 17, 21, 27 and 30 inches for example.

And each of these lengths – or the frame size – is capable of taking a different maximum weight to be efficient at walking on the snow.

This is the total weight it can take, including you and any loads you might be carrying, such as a backpack or other gear.

snowshoes on persons feetFiguring out the correct size and weight will greatly aid the float or floatation. This will ensure you have a comfortable and pleasurable experience out on the snow while limiting how deep you sink into it.

Generally speaking, the heavier you are (with all your gear) the larger the snowshoe frame needs to be.

But it isn’t ‘one size fits all,’ so carefully check the individual manufacturer’s sizing instructions before making your purchase.

Bindings

Snowshoe bindings are used to keep your foot in the snowshoe. This is what is used to secure you in place so the shoe doesn’t slip off.

There are two types of bindings on a snowshoe – rotating bindings and fixed bindings.

Rotating Bindings

These will pivot where they are attached to the snowshoe. The tail end of the snowshoe will then drop as you lift your foot, making it easier to climb steep hills.

Snow falls off the shoe in doing so, so you’re not carrying any excess weight in the deep powder.

However, it can get tricky when trying to cross obstacles, as the tail can catch on rocks, trees, the bodies of fallen comrades, or anything else you’ll need to step over to finish the hike.

Fixed Bindings

These ar exactly that, they’re rigidly attached to your shoe so they don’t move, and the snowshoe is always aligned with your foot. Obstacles are a breeze, but climbing hills will be more of a challenge.

The bindings you prefer will depend on the type of snowshoeing you’re going to be doing, or just down to personal preference. Some rotating bindings can be adapted to lose the heel lift so they’re more versatile.

Whatever you decide, you need to make sure they are a snug fit, comfortable, and have an easy on/off mechanism for detaching when required.

Bindings should be able to take almost any kind of footwear. Remember – you need to use your own hiking boots. Pick up a new pair of quality winter hiking boots if you need to.

Look for snowshoes that have an anti-freeze and glove-friendly binding system.

two pairs of snowshoes

Traction

To give you the best grip and traction in the snow, you’re going to need some good quality crampons built into the snowshoe.

Again, the aggressiveness of these “teeth” will depend on the type of snowshoeing adventure you’ll be embarking on.

While having excellent traction is nearly always recommended if it’s excessive on lighter trails it might cause some problems – especially for beginners or younger snowshoers.

You’ll find the crampons under the heel, under the bindings, and/or at the edges of the snowshoe.

The crampons under the binding cut into the snow and prevent you from slipping as you walk, while the heel bindings help with traction when coming downhill.

Crampons at the edge of the frame assist with traversing.

You’ll be able to tell the type of snowshoe just by analyzing these bindings. If the underside of the shoe looks like the mouth of an alligator, then they’re most likely used for backcountry snowshoeing or running.

If it looks more like the mouth of a raccoon, it’s a recreational snowshoe for lighter hikes and trails.

And if it’s the mouth of a wolf, then it’s somewhere in between.

I’m trademarking the animal/snowshoe teeth analogy.

person with snowshoes

FAQ’s

How Do Snowshoes Work?

I have a little bit of disappointing news for you.

Contrary to popular belief – or certainly the belief of people who have never been snowshoeing before – wearing a pair of snowshoes doesn’t make you magically glide over the powder like some kind of frosty Aladdin.

You’re still going to sink into the snow – but a snowshoe limits just how deep you go.

They work by distributing your body weight over a much wider surface area, helping you ‘float’ as much as possible.

Simultaneously, the built-in crampons will help give you traction in the snow and ice, assist in walking and climbing and prevent slips.

If only Good King Wenceslas and his page had a pair each.

How Do I Snowshoe?

Anyone who can walk can snowshoe, but there are some tips and tricks you can learn to make your experience that much more enjoyable.

Check out the video below for some excellent advice on snowshoeing for people of all abilities.

What Are the Test Snowshoes for Deep Snow?

If you’re hiking in backcountry conditions, in deep snow, or anywhere the trails aren’t marked and packed down, look for a snowshoe that has aggressive crampons – like an alligator’s teeth.

But more importantly, the deeper the snow is and the heavier you and your gear, the larger the snowshoe frame needs to be.

Remember to check your weight when ordering a size, but if you’re going to be in some real deep power, you can always get a size up for some extra help with floatation.

two people snowshoeing

Why Do My Snowshoes Kick Up Snow?

You’re most likely wearing snowshoes with fixed bindings. That means the snowshoe is fixed rigidly and aligned to your foot.

While they’re much better for stepping over obstacles, they can lift up the snow and you could end up carrying unwanted weight.

Fixed bindings are better for lighter trails, where the snow isn’t so deep and you’re on even terrain.

Look for a snowshoe with rotating bindings if you want to limit the amount of snow you’re kicking up – but the drop heel might take a little bit of getting used to.

What Size Snowshoes Do I Need for My Weight?

In order to figure out the correct size of snowshoe that’s right for you, you first need to ascertain your weight, plus the weight of anything you’re going to be carrying when you get into the great outdoors.

This might include your backpack and camping gear if you intend to do a spot of winter camping. Speaking of which, have a look at these cold weather sleeping bags that are essential if you’re doing just that.

Once you have this combined weight (which might only be how heavy you are if you’re not taking anything other than a water bottle with you), then you can check a snowshoe sizing chart.

While they are generally universal, it’s a good idea to only look at the sizing chart of the manufacturer of the snowshoe you’re thinking of purchasing.

That will be the most accurate snowshoe size for you and your needs.

Do Snowshoes Have a Weight Limit?

More like recommendations.

The largest models in most snowshoe company’s product lines will support a weight of up to about 300 lbs.

This is more than enough for most snowshoers and their equipment.

And if you’re over that weight, then remember that snowshoeing can burn between 300 and 900 calories an hour.

person treks on mountain

Is There a Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Snowshoes?

Yes.

Men and women walk differently – they have a different gait.

Men tend to walk with their toes pointed out, while women walk with their toes pointed in. Women also walk with shorter strides.

Snowshoes will accommodate this. For women – they’re likely to be narrower in the tail and have tapered ends that are compatible with the way women walk.

They’ll also be a more slimline and lightweight design.

However, so long as you feel comfortable and the snowshoe is practical, you can wear whatever you want.

Do You Need Poles While Snowshoeing?

Technically speaking, no – you don’t NEED trekking poles for snowshoeing. You can still walk without them.

But you’re going to find it very, very tricky indeed, and the chances of you face-planting into the power are significantly higher.

This is why many snowshoe packs come with trekking poles as part of the set.

It is highly, HIGHLY recommended that you snowshoe with a couple of good poles.

Failing that, pick yourself up some strong branches or sticks when you’re out there – ideal if you’re on a tight budget.

Is Snowshoeing Harder Than Hiking?

It really depends on the terrain, but I would say that it is.

You’re certainly going to get much more of a work-out when snowshoeing – and you sweat like you’re in a sauna.

For an easy trail where the snow is packed, it’s not that much different from hiking.

But when you go uphill in deep powder, that’s when you’re going to seriously feel the burn.

Plus, you’ve got this extra weight on your feet – so your thighs will be screaming for mercy.

Having said that, snowshoes obviously make walking through deep snow easier than if you were just walking in your normal boots.

Try going out wearing snowshoes with someone who isn’t and you’ll leave them in your dust.

Or snow.

It’s brilliant. Give it a try.

couple hiking in winter

What Kind of Boots Do I Need for Snowshoeing?

You can use just about any kind of footwear when snowshoeing, as the bindings will adjust to accommodate anything.

However, a little common sense dictates that you should wear warm, comfortable, winter hiking boots, with some quality walking socks to help prevent blisters.

And don’t forget the winter hiking pants to keep you warm and protected from the elements – so follow that link and get yourself a new pair.

Summary

Snowshoeing is an awesome sport, that’s loads of fun, gets you outdoors in the winter, is sociable with friends and family and will keep you in tip-top shape.

So, pick up a pair of the best snowshoes of 2019 and get ready for this winter.

Let me know which ones you’re going for and why in the comments below.

Wrap up warm, stay safe and happy snowshoeing!

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