Using Your Snowshoes
What do I wear while snowshoeing?Because snowshoeing is an aerobic activity, usually done in cold weather, it is important to be prepared for a variety of temperatures. Layering is the best way to dress, allowing for regulation of your body temperature:
• Base layer - moisture-wicking and lightweight; avoid cotton garments
• Second layer - insulating, lightweight fleece or wool is ideal
• Outer layer - windproof, waterproof/water-resistant, and breathable
Other recommended items are:
• Gaiters - to protect your feet from getting wet
• Gloves - waterproof, windproof
• Wool or fleece hat - to conserve body heat
What type of footwear should I use while snowshoeing?Most snowshoe bindings will accommodate a variety of footwear. To ensure an enjoyable snowshoeing experience, it is important to have warm, comfortable, and dry feet. Your ideal footwear will depend on the type of snowshoeing (climbing, running, or walking) and your personal requirements.
For a long snowshoe hike, we recommend a pair of stable, comfortable, and waterproof hiking boots or your preferred winter activity boot (snowboarding, mountaineering, etc). GORE TEX® provides a level of waterproof, breathability that is ideal in snowshoeing footwear.
Do I need poles? Although not necessary, poles are recommended for snowshoeing. They improve balance and provide added stability, especially on uneven and aggressive terrain, and can assist you in standing back up if you fall down. Poles also offer an additional upper body workout.