hi my name is Nathan Mack I work in product development at LL Bean I'm here at the Fogg farm in Freeport Maine to talk to you about how easy it is to get started snowshoeing to get started with this sport you just need a pair of snowshoes comfortable winter boots winter trekking poles a pair of gaiters can be nice to keep the snow out of your shoes and the appropriate winter apparel to keep you warm and dry prior to going snowshoeing it's always a good idea to bring a few things in your pack to help make the experience more enjoyable I always like to include an insulated layer a water bottle a vacuum bottle with a warm beverage small first aid kit a headlamp should you stay out later than anticipated and it turns dark and an extra pair of gloves now you have the equipment you need your pack is loaded and it's time to get on the trail snowshoeing is just as easy as walking but there's a few important tips that will help make it an even more enjoyable experience when walking with your snowshoes on you want to keep your feet just a little bit wider so that your snowshoes don't hit and if you lead with your poles it will provide great balance snowshoes are designed to provide excellent flotation and the traction you need on hard snow and ice when climbing or ascending on your snowshoes it's important to engage the crampon into the hard pack snow or ice so that they provide the traction that you need when going downhill or descending on your snowshoes you also want to utilize the traction provided by your crampon and make sure to provide firm contact with the hard snow and ice snowshoeing is a great winter activity and it's so easy to get started I'll see you out on the trail you

How-to-Snowshoe: Learn the basics from the experts at L.L.Bean
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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    You don’t need sticks unless you have extremely bad balance.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Fire kit , tarp and s cutting tool. It’s not a matter of if, but when

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    My first pair of snowshoes and they are excellent.==>ur2.pl/1122 Easy to put on, easy to use and great quality for a great price.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    how to snow shoe:
    just walk!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Using a hydration compatible backpack so you don't have to take the pack off every time you want a drink is also a good idea.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Don't forget navigation (GPS, maps, compass), sustenance (food & water), and protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.).

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    He forgot snacks! LOL

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Oh and going down sideways isn't practical. Takes too long.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Thanks for the tips. What about steep downhill travel? I find it impossible not to slip on the back fan tail which is very dangerous on regulations hiking trails.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Why would I want to buy a pair of LL Bean labeled, Atlas snowshoes, (made in China), from you when I can get Atlas products practically anywhere, and likely cheaper. You're just selling another companies products with your name on them. Besides, these trendy, tiny metal tube and plastic snowshoes stink compared to traditional wood frame & web shoes. Lets see a video of you walking through a foot and a half of powder with them.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Thanks, great tips

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Great low impact calorie burning exercise and its fun

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Just bought myself new snowshoes today! I can't wait to go Weds with a friend of mine. Thank you for posting this and thank you the tip on the backpack! It crossed my mind as something to ANY time you go hiking, but for some reason it totally slipped my mind to pack one for snowshoeing. No idea why but great reminder! Thanks again!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Snowshoes are not used to increase your speed, they are used to keep you above the snow pack.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    This is a pretty good video, but fails to address the REAL basics of snowshoeing. 1) When do you REALLY need snowshoes? – (in "more" than 12-14 inches of snow) 2) How much distance can you expect to travel in snowshoes? (1/3 to 1/2 the distance compared to a dry summer day) 3) you did a good job of describing the necessary wide stance, but how do you get UP after tangling up your feet, stumbling, and falling in deep snow? (strip off your pack and at least one snowshoe), a few other BASICS

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