hello I'm Kevin Hines my cross-country skiing and snowshoeing instructor for ll being here in Freeport Maine today we're going to talk about the basic equipment for snowshoeing first thing we're gonna talk about is the snowshoes themselves around the snowshoe is the frame this is the tip this is the tail this surface is called the decking and this is the binding where you put your foot and attach it to the snowshoe on the back side this is the crampon which gives you sort of traction that bites into the snow on the ice this is a great entry-level shoe because it's a great price point makes it affordable to get into an easy-to-use binding and just an all-around good snowshoe when you're starting out when you're selecting a snowshoe you need to think about where you're gonna be using it do you have light powdery snow where you live or is it sort of icy and packed down because that'll depend on what how much flotation you need you need less flotation if it's packed down or a lot more flotation if it's light and powdery there's different sized snowshoes and they're based on a weight range you also want to think about if you're carrying a backpack to put that in when you're thinking about the weight range in which snowshoe to select one of the things that's very common for a lot of people when they start snowshoeing is to believe that they'll stay right on the surface of the snow but a lot of times you'll sink down six to eight inches even ten inches depending on how late or how heavy the snow is and that's common that's fine well if you have a really deep snowfall two or three feet maybe you're going down to eight inches but you're not going down three feet next we're going to talk about snowshoeing poles there are a great piece of equipment I can really help out they're good for balance for also testing the snow in front of you they're just great for exercise too and just really increase your enjoyment of the activity most of the poles have a few pieces to them one is the strap the grip the part of the pole or the shaft and then you're gonna have the basket at the end here and you can see it's a nice short pole length right here that's for when your travel to make it a lot easier its right to tighten left to loosen and then you can telescope the pull out to whatever size you need the sizes are in centimeters for the length you want once you find your length you can write and put it turn it to the right to tighten and you're all set and then can set the other pole at the same actually want to talk about a great winter boot what makes this a great winter boot is the fact that you have a waterproof layer it's insulated and also has nice ankle support that was really good for snowshoeing these are a few things you want to bring along with you when you go outside in the winter to make your trip more enjoyable the first thing you want to bring is a backpack in winter because of the temperatures it's a great idea to put some hand warmers in also because of the Sun reflecting off the snow sunglasses are a must I also like to carry an insulated thermos when you're outside too you want to make sure to bring a lot of extra water great idea to also carry some extra foods and quick food the cellphones also a great thing to carry in case of emergencies I love to carry an extra pair of mittens one of the last things I'll usually bring is a nice jacket a nice warm jacket there's three layers you want to think about wicking warming and weather layers over here is a wicking layer it's a synthetic material that's designed to pull moisture away from your skin to keep you nice and dry the next layer is a warming layer for insulation right here we have a fleece vest the final layer is the weather layer right here we have a softshell jacket that sort of wind proof semi waterproof and breathable is very important and then right here we have a just a sort of a lighter windbreaker for the weather layer that's windproof and waterproof it's also important for your lower half to use the same type of system with a wicking warming and weather layer this is the weather layer that's somewhat breathable and windproof so that's the basic gear apparel and accessories that will make snow swinging that much more enjoyable you you

Showshoe Gear – Equipment and Apparel
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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:04 am
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