Snow Shoes/Poles....what do you recommend ?


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Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 31, 2012 - 08:09pm PT
Want to get my own pair this year. What do you think? Just want to get out and enjoy the winter's beauty. Peace and Joy, lynne
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 31, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Hey Craig, thanks for your info. How's the cacti business? Any great plans for the new year?

For the hiking I want to do snowshoes may be the way to go. Some snow doesn't hold and I'm not a proficient skier. Cheers, Lynne :D

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 31, 2012 - 08:29pm PT
I use red feathers (brand name)

Trad climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 08:35pm PT
Poles = Leki's

Got a pair I've used for 25 years. Not the lightest but they rock.

the last bivy
Dec 31, 2012 - 08:47pm PT
so Linnie! let's go out with snow shoes! First of all you need a very warm boot cuz standing in snow all day is cold! An insulated boot is best and it doesn't have to be expensive. Snow shoes come in several styles and sizes. The women's specific ones are nice because our gait swings from the hip ;) and brings the two inside edges of the snowshoes together when we walk. Women's have a design that accommodates that with the base set a little to the inside. Good snow shoes are right and left specific. The length is specific to your height and to the weight they carry, yours plus whatever backpack weight you expect to usually carry. A thin narrow tail makes running or moving faster, easier but also does not offer as much float in deep snow. Snowshoes have a crampon bottom that pivots with your step. Heavy duty crampons facing both forward and a set facing backward are best for steep ice and heavy loads. A lighter crampon is fine for flatter ground. Plastic crampons are a waste of plastic and do not work well. The strap will be a combo of webbing and soft plastic with either a threaded buckle (less expensive) or a ratchet buckle as on a snowboard boot. The ratchet is easier to take on and off with gloves in the cold and snow. Any poles will do as long as they are adjustable because the terrain will demand adjustment in the length of your poles. They should have a snow basket which is removable and replaceable. You can usually find a decent pair for about $100 new.
There ya have it!
check craigslist and sierra trading
See ya soon

oh ps , there is a plastic deck snowshoe on the market by MSR that is way lame. They are designed light and packable but not good for the long haul, or even a day hike.

Social climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 09:24pm PT
hey there, say, lynne, luckypink and all...

say, one year when i lived with some woods and field out back, i got my first and only snowshoes... had no strap, as they were cheapest for me, then, so i had to add my own--worked well, though...

well--mine are just those old fashioned looking things with the long tail, that you see in the old movies... wooden, too, however:
they actually worked nice for me... unless of course, i wanted to turn around FASTer than should, or, go backwards, :))

don't get to use them anymore, as the woods is too far for me, (not that far, but as to gas-money only)...

IF it snowed enough, i could have fun with them in the backyard, though, :)) the first year i moved in, could have, but i was too busy moving in...

the last year and this year, the snow is not really deep enough to even use for fun... though i DID one year use them at the grandkids, before i ever moved in here...

not sure if these are considered GOOD now a days, as there is so many
newer types, but they did actually work..

not sure WHAT OR HOW??? the tail works--perhaps someone can explain MORE...
but they were narrow for to go through the thick trees, and it DID do that really good... had to go through some, to get to the field...


have fun, lynne and let us know how it goes....


Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Dec 31, 2012 - 09:31pm PT
Snow Shoes/Poles....what do you recommend ?

I recommend that you learn to ski

Social climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 09:46pm PT
You might try looking at You can get Redfeather or Atlas womens snowshoes for around $100.00 and usable poles from Black Diamond or Komperdell for $50.00. They have a discount ending tonight at midnight MST for 35% additional off and free shipping.
You can have a lot of cheap fun and pick up Skiing later as you gain winter travel confidence.

Boulder, CO
Dec 31, 2012 - 09:48pm PT
what GLillegard said.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 31, 2012 - 09:49pm PT

MSR are kind of pricy, they they are light!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 31, 2012 - 09:51pm PT
Howdy to all and thanks for your response. Mo, ya got me dialed. Appreciate.
Happy New Year, lynnie

Social climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 10:07pm PT
hey there say, lynne...

here's a link:

this is neat:

snowshoe bindings:

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 31, 2012 - 10:16pm PT
I've used several types. MSR has been the best - they stay on, they handle icy conditions well, and they side-hill well. I use the MSR Denalis. Avoid anything that has the Tubbs tubes - those slide. If you get a lot of snow or plan to carry a load, consider getting the extended tails, too.

For poles, you can use cheap ski poles unless you plan to get into some serious places. I'm spoiled. I like Black Diamond poles with the flintlock. These stay at the length you set. All the other poles that use a twist lock system tend to collapse unexpectedly. AFter buying and trying several twist types, they all had the same problem. I'll never use those again.
The user formerly known as stzzo

Sneaking up behind you
Dec 31, 2012 - 10:30pm PT
There are different types, meant for different conditions. They differ in weight, side traction devices, binding, etc.

What will you be using them for (specifically)? Day hikes? Backpacking? Running? Higher-angle terrain?

For poles, they all do about the same thing, except for the poles that screw together to form avalanche probes. Mainly what you want are exchangeable baskets (you want to exchange a larger basket for snow travel than for hiking).

If you already have hiking poles, see if you can just get snow baskets for yours.

If you have the dough, you may want the weight savings of carbon fiber. But they're definitely not as durable as aluminum. Some people really like cork handles.

I have some unused MSR Denalis that I got on sale at REI. If you're in the SF Bay area and will pick them up, I'll sell them to you for what I paid (have to look it up, probably 25% off).
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 31, 2012 - 10:55pm PT
Snowshoes are the way to go if skiing down is too intimidating.

Locally, there was a time of lost but kooky souls just wanting to taste the hills... Lockstep, they plowed the good skiing snow back down to the road. Lately some cool has come about and the disparate tribes have come to abide each other.

Snowshoes are a wonderful way to get into the forest and have fun.

Social climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:06pm PT
hey there say, jim and all...

i LOVE my snowshoes, still have them... i miss using them...

i never went far though, just through the trees and field...

i was always and still am, a dancer (for exercise and fun, and used to teach) so my leg muscles never got hurt or tire... but:
i never overdid it, either...

they are just those old fashioned looking kind though...
some folks find them awkward, but it just depends on what you are useing them for, as everyone says here..

i always had to add my own bindings, one year it worked great, but the year before, the stuff i used BEFORE i got some thing better, was too 'slippery' (it was a type of material strip that was too slick)...

various other stuff worked better, including inner tube stuff, and
even a bungee cord one year when i could NOT find the bindings, due to my moveing out of state, back to calif for a year...

THANK the good lord, i did NOT get rid of them, nor, got rid of my snow boots, as--i ended BACK in michigan, :))

will post a pic, in a few minutes...
*coures, you may not like this kind, :))

Trad climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:10pm PT
I have MSR Denali Lamas. Used to snowshoe a lot, couldn't break Redfeathers, but for backpacking on steep or icy areas, approaches near Whistler for alpine climbs in the winter, the MSR's worked much better.

Then I bought AT skis.

John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:24pm PT
I have MSR Ascents and Evos. Both are excellent... But it's a bad time of year to buy snowshoes. I bet you know someone who has a pair sitting around waiting for you to ask to borrow them :-)
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
Not around here John. It's New Year's Eve and there's a 6' base on the North Shore mountains, which are the first obstacles off of the ocean in Vancouver.

Pretty cool !

Neebs, good thing you kept the fun rigs. A good example of gear being only worth anything if you keep it for later !
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 31, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
Again, I appreciate .... and I mean Really appreciate all your thoughts on this subject. Want to be safe and get out there and enjoy. Smiles, LL
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