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    Thread: My Snowshoes

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      My Snowshoes

      Yes, I really do have four pairs and I use them all. From left to right they are the Browning Beavertails the OH gave me about 40 years ago for Christmas, better for deep snow..

      Next are Tubbs from Goodwill, so cheap he thought they must be broken but they weren't.

      Next Faber's with nice ratchet bindings that are very easy to do up and good on trails or a small bit of loose snow. Very lightweight. Also from Goodwill and cheap.

      Last, Avery Algonquians, best for really deep snow. We put a traditionnal looking binding on them. These leave beautiful prints in the snow and I NEED deep snow to use them properly, very hard to walk in if there is not enough snow. These were OH's, I think from when he was a Conservation Officer.



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      You are so very aptly named.

      I've always loved the look of the traditional showshoes.

      I'd asked Bob for a pair of shoes many years ago for....Valentine's Day, maybe....and got a pair of light blue aluminum ones. I weighed a lot less in those days....and about 5 years later ended up giving them to a skinny friend because they didn't want to hold me up anymore. (difference of only about 5 lbs. if I recall...I was obviously at the top of the weight range when I received them) I had two or three winters with enough snow to make using them worthwhile.
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      I've often wondered about your "name" here. Aptly named, along with a gorgeous picture of the shoes!

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      A girl can never have enough pairs of shoes.
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      LOL, I picked Snowshoe for my name here after my first ideas turned out to be in use already. When Oban was a wee, little winter puppy I tramped down trails for him while wearing the beavertails. The shoes don't really pack down that hard but he was small enough to walk on top of them, then. Now on a trail he'll go through my shoe prints.

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      Very cool, here I thought i was weird for having two (all from my dad really). I have a pair like the one son the far left (though the strap broke and had to be fixed). My second pair is not like those listed. I am tempted to get a pair or the new sporty ones like those in the middle but I don't snowshoe much without a dog to go anyway to warrant a third pair

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      You are so very aptly named.
      Ha! I didn't even put that together! duh!

      I also didn't think ot use them to make trails for Rocky in the yard...hmm...

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      I guess you get a lot of snow.

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      Very cool, thanks for sharing! Interesting to see the difference in flotation area between the 'strung' and 'plastic' versions. Would the Averys be for deep, fluffy, powdery snow?

      I have MSR 'shoes (on the left) and Faye uses Tubbs. Don't use them much down here in the banana belt but they are good to have.



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      ONe thing we notice about the Tubbs compared to the Beavertails is, snow builds up on the plastic (or whatever it is) surface and we have to keep tipping them sideways to let it slide off. But with the gut mesh of the Beavertails and Algonquians the snow goes through and does not build up. The aluminum shoes have a claw, nice for up and down hills. The mesh ones leave much prettier prints.

      Yes, we are in a snow belt and surrounded by ski resorts. The problem is, the snow doesn't stay. We get a batch, it melts, evaporates, compacts. Then it snows again so we have to move more, but again, it melts. It's frustrating for cross country skiiers (3 pairs of skiis that I use) like me, and for the snowmobilers, we all need real snow.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      Yes, we are in a snow belt and surrounded by ski resorts. The problem is, the snow doesn't stay. We get a batch, it melts, evaporates, compacts. Then it snows again so we have to move more, but again, it melts. It's frustrating for cross country skiiers (3 pairs of skiis that I use) like me, and for the snowmobilers, we all need real snow.
      ditto. it generally gets covered by rain /warm-up meting and freezing and forms a crust making for unpleasant winter outings. You need to get out there right after (or during) the big snowfalls. This year has been crap for cross country skiing. You hadt o get out in the cold as the second things warmed up you lost any nice snow (either to ice or melt)

      I had planned to learn to ski before getting my next dog but doesn't look like that will be happening :P

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