If you are planning to go hiking in the wintertime, you'll probably need a pair of snowshoes. This professional footwear is also available at

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In the past, snowshoes were essential tools for anyone who lived in areas of deep and frequent snowfall. This equipment still remained necessary for people who must be able to reach places inaccessible by motorized vehicles because of deep snow.


However, snowshoes are mainly used today just for recreation. Snowshoeing, a form of hiking, is easy to learn. In good conditions, it turns to be safe and inexpensive recreational activity for all members of a family.


But what actually is a snowshoe? It is a special type of footwear for walking over snow. Snowshoes work by distributing the weight of the wearer over a larger surface. Thanks to that, the person's foot does not sink into the snow, which allows hiking even in deep snow conditions.


To give the proper flotation, snowshoes need to be adjusted to the kind of sport that you want to use them for. Basically, snowshoes are divided into three types:

- aerobic (or running) snowshoes, which are small and light; not meant for backcountry use,

- recreational snowshoes, which are a little bit larger; intended for walks of 3–5 miles (4.8–8.0 km),

- mountaineering snowshoes, which are the largest; used by enthusiasts of serious hill-climbing and long-distance, off-trail trips.


Besides, while choosing snowshoes, an important factor becomes the weight of the user. Many manufacturers include weight-based flotation ratings for their product. The heavier the person, the larger surface the snowshoe should have. Users need to remember also about the weight of equipment that they will carry.


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