Snowshoeing has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world today and it is easy to see why when considering the ease and enjoyment of this low impact winter sport.
Not limited by age, fitness level or expertise, participants can access unlimited winter environments while receiving the benefits of a fun aerobic outdoor activity.
In order to improve your awareness and understanding, we’ve prepared answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions:
How do I know what size snowshoe is right for me?
Although it is not an exact science due to varying terrain and snow conditions, Yukon Charlie’s uses a simple weight chart when recommending snowshoe sizes for an individuals needs:
Is there a right and left shoe?
While both snowshoes will fit on either right or left foot, we recommend facing the binding buckles toward the outside of your feet.
What kind of footwear should I use when snowshoeing?
We recommend using a stable, insulated, waterproof hiking boot when snowshoeing. Staying comfortable and dry is critical.
What is the difference between a man’s and a woman’s snowshoe?
Since most women are smaller and lighter than men they do not require as large a snowshoe. Women also have a narrower stride / gait. To accommodate this difference Yukon Charlie’s tapers the tails of the women’s models and allows for a smaller boot size to fit comfortably and securely in the binding.
Women can also use men’s shoes for adequate performance and some models we offer like the Sherpa Series are designed as unisex models.
What is the purpose of a Heel Lift on snowshoes?
Yukon Charlie’s offers several models of snowshoes that include a Heel Lift including the Carbon Flex Spin, Elite Spin & RealTree Xtra®. The integrated Heel Lift feature keeps your heel centered and quickly alleviates calf strain and fatigue on steeper inclines:
If you are snowshoeing up a steep incline you’ll benefit from the comfort and efficient functionality of this helpful feature. To use, simply pull up on the rubber molded tab until it clicks into place. Now the heel of your foot will rest on the heel lift as you hike up the incline.
Are bindings an important feature to consider?
In short, yes.
The Ratchet Quik Clik II bindings on our Sherpa Series snowshoes have stood the test of time by being one of the strongest and easiest to use in the industry. Our more advanced Fast Fit II Easy Pull Bindings on our Advanced, Pro II, RealTree Xtra®, and Emergency Inflatable snowshoes is well respected for its comfort, efficiency and strength. The Race Ultra-Lite uses a lightweight and extremely quick to fasten/unfasten Rapid-Lite Flex binding system. Finally, our top of the line SPIN™ by Northwave Dial binding system is featured on our Carbon Flex Spin and Elite Spin Series snowshoes which provide a snug, secure fit with easy dial in tension. The rear heel strap makes getting in and out as easy as ever.
What type of clothing should I wear when snowshoeing?
Since snowshoeing is an aerobic activity it is common to warm up quickly while doing it, therefore, it is important to dress in layers allowing you the option to take off clothes when necessary, so not to overheat, and to put clothes on when necessary, so not to get chilled. Gaiters are also a recommended accessory that keeps snow from getting in the top of your boots and helps keep feet dry.
Are poles required?
Poles are not required but they are recommended. Using poles with bales or baskets on the ends will provide much greater balance and stability on challenging terrain. Using poles also reduce the level of stress on the knees and increases overall cardiovascular activity as it involves the use of your upper body. Yukon Charlie’s has developed a variety of three-piece telescoping poles that can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of the individual user.
Does Yukon Charlie’s offer replacement bindings for any snowshoes?
Unfortunately at this time Yukon Charlie’s does not offer replacement bindings for any snowshoes.
Want to ask us a specific question?
If your questions are not addressed here in the F.A.Q., please feel free to contact us using the form below.