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Choosing The Right Pair Of Snowshoes

Choosing the right pair of snowshoes is important.  Snowshoes with a tail are best for open areas and trails where you may be going in straight lines for medium-long distances.  The tail also acts as a counter-balance, helping to lift the front of the shoe out of the snow.  Snowshoes without a tail are best when maneuverability is a preference.  This type of shoe is often the first choice of forest workers, hunters, trappers, and many winter campers.  Often it is necessary to reach a compromise and opt for the style of shoe that fits the terrain you will be traversing most often. 

Once you have determined the style, you should next consider frequency of use, which translates directly to the type of lacings your shoes should have.  Full-hide lacings are made of cowhide from which only excess fat and hair has been removed.  They are exceptionally strong and water resistant and the best choice for shoes that are intended for prolonged or frequent use in varying snow conditions.  Split hide lacings are made from cowhide that has been split in two.  While slightly less durable and water resistant they are still quite functional and are a great value for the recreational snowshoer.  Split-hide lacings, however, are not recommended for extended use in wet snow.

Lastly, consider the height and weight of the snowshoer.  The general rule is quite simple: the heavier the individual, the larger the surface area required to support his/her weight on the snow; the taller the individual, the wider the shoe he/she can wear.


American Traders carries a variety of snowshoes available in both split and full hide... 

Full-Hide Snowshoes

WSFHBP10X30 - Mod. Bear Paw (10" x 30") - $205
Capacity 75 - 117 lbs to 158 - 200 lbs

WSFHBP10X36 - Mod. Bear Paw (10" x 36") - $215
Capacity 100 - 150 lbs to 200 - 250 lbs

WSFHBP11X40 - Mod. Bear Paw (11" x 40") - $225
Capacity 150 - 200 lbs to 250 - 300 lbs

WSFHCC10X46 - Cross Country (10" x 46") - $210
Capacity 125 - 166 lbs to 208 - 250 lbs

WSFHCC12X60 - Cross Country (12" x 60") - $240
Capacity 150 - 200 lbs to 250 - 300 lbs

WSFHSP14 - Sport (14" x 48") - $230
Capacity 150 - 200 lbs to 250 - 300 lbs

WSFHOJ11 - Ojibwa (11" x 48") - $220
Capacity 125 - 166 lbs to 208 - 250 lbs

WSFHOJ12 - Ojibwa (12" x 60") - $235
Capacity 150 - 200 lbs to 250 - 300 lbs

Split-Hide Snowshoes

WSSHBP10X30 - Mod. Bear Paw (10" x 30") - $150
Capacity 75 - 117 lbs to 158 - 200 lbs

WSSHBP10X36 - Mod. Bear Paw (10" x 36") - $155
Capacity 100 - 150 lbs to 200 - 250 lbs

WSSHBP11X40 - Mod. Bear Paw (11" x 40") - $155
Capacity 150 - 200 lbs to 250 - 300 lbs

WSSHCC10X46 - Cross Country (10" x 46") - $135
Capacity 125 - 166 lbs to 208 - 250 lbs

WSSHCC12X60 - Cross Country (12" x 60") - $200
Capacity 150 - 200 lbs to 250 - 300 lbs

WSSHSP14 - Sport (14" x 48") - $155
Capacity 150 - 200 lbs to 250 - 300 lbs

WSSHOJ11 - Ojibwa (11" x 48") - $185
Capacity 125 - 166 lbs to 208 - 250 lbs

WSSHOJ12 - Ojibwa (12" x 60") - $195
Capacity 150 - 200 lbs to 250 - 300 lbs


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