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Old February 15th, 2009, 05:50 PM   #1
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As I am on a health kick, I have been looking at snowshoes. I have State Land behind me, so I have a lot of forest to explore.

Do you like them? Where di you get them? I have been looking online, and right now I am thinking that a used pair would work for me.

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Old February 15th, 2009, 06:08 PM   #2
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yes, I have a pair.

Got them at REI,

bout like this....they don't still make my show obviously, but how much technology is really there?

http://www.atlassnowshoe.com/product/9

I paid about 150 or so I think...had them about 8-9 years now.

I use em even in light snow for gathering fire wood, ice fishing, walking the dog through the woods, etc. They make getting around in even 6" snow WAY easier.
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I've got a set of MSR shoes. I've had them for about 5 years now and really like them. Then again, I've never had another set so I can't compare them to any others. I spent in that 150 range too.

Like uproktoy said, even in shallower snow they make walking easier.
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i know everyone will say don't go to a big box store, but the MC sports near me had some on clearance from 175ish to like 85 bucks or something... might be worth it to see if you love it or hate it
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No, My feet are "high flotation" so I don't need them.
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I picked up a set for about $80 or so from Cabela's a couple years ago. I use them for rabbit / squirrel hunting up at the cabin in Kalkaska during the winter.

The most enjoyable part of snowshoeing is watching your buddy next to you without them trying to keep up in 4 feet of snow :)

They work great, but I did have one funny thing happen. I was small game hunting in deep snow and little did I know there was a brush pile / blown down underneath me. I took a step and sunk to my crotch. The bad part was my snowshoe got wedged under the blowdown. It took me almost 1/2 hour to tunnel down, remove it, get my foot out and put it back on. My buddy got the last laugh that day......
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 12:14 PM   #7
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I go to school up in the UP at Lake State, and i snowshoe quite frequently up here. Its definitely one of my favorite outside activities, and its not like it really requires a lot of learning time to get a hold of it. Currently, the shoes i use are Iversons, a handmade wooden snowshoe company native to the UP, although i absolutely love them, i would not recommend you get a pair of wooden snowshoes for your first pair. They could be considered more for the "connoisseur" of the old traditional times and ways. When buying look towards the bottoms of the shoes, how do the crampons look?- you want sturdy crampons that wont bend or break(you know those spike looking things on the bottom) how simple is the binding system?- having a good solid binding that is easily adjustable makes a world of a difference when putting on or taking off. lastly, make sure you buy shoes that are big enough for your weight range, and include your gear when calculating weight, for example, will you take them hunting, and carry a gun? If you are really interested in keeping up with it, a pair of snowshoes should last a long time, and the aluminum/rubber types require near zero maintenance. But the most important part of it all is definitely to enjoy your time outside.
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