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Best Snowshoes For Women

Updated on December 10, 2013

Best Snowshoes For Women

Before I get into the best snowshoes for women, take a careful look at the accompanying photo... That's me, snowshoeing up our driveway in mid-April. Dragging sled-load after sled-load of our belongings up to our house after being away all winter. It took us 2 days to unload the truck. This was NOT a plowable event.

Now, there is a reason I typically leave northern New England for warmer climes during the winter. However, I have to confess to you that I honestly enjoyed this adventure! I hadn't been on snowshoes in about 5 winters, and we were pretty psyched to get home to the snow.

And, it also made me realize how much I really miss it (at least on a gorgeous day like the one in the photo!)

So... let's get back to snowshoes!

Given all the information online these days, It's easier than ever before to choose the best snowshoes for women (and kids... and men). So, I took it upon myself to study up - and after this latest adventure, I'll be getting some new 'shoes myself!

Whether you're looking for racing snowshoes or just recreational snowshoes, we've got some great ones for you to choose from. You'll be surprised, I think, with how light and easy to use that today's styles have become! I'm pretty confident that you will be sure to find the PERFECT snowshoe for your particular needs - and within your budget (I definitely kept that in mind during my research!)

And if these are a gift for the woman in your life, this article will help. All you'll need is the snow!

Well... ok... maybe some jackets, hats and gloves too! :)

This photo, and other personal photos taken by me and/or John... The product images are courtesy of Amazon

What OTHER sport needs nearly ZERO training?

I truly believe that snowshoeing is one of the best activities for nearly anyone.

I've never had much luck with skiing - it's really expensive, and I'm just a novice. Telemark skiing? Uh... tried it and the results just emphasized that there are some things I'm just not cut out for. Twisting my knees around in what feels like pretzel-like contortions is one of them.

But, snowshoeing? That's a different story! I can snowshoe! Yes! Finally... a winter sport that even I can do. So, I also figured it's something that an entire family can do.

This is our "Winter Gear" wall... We had 2 more pair of snowshoes on this wall, but we sold 'em. :)

This is our "Winter Gear" wall... We had 2 more pair of snowshoes on this wall, but we sold 'em. :)
This is our "Winter Gear" wall... We had 2 more pair of snowshoes on this wall, but we sold 'em. :)

Best Running Snowshoes for Women

Racing or Running Snowshoes are going to be a little "sleeker" in design, and ideally will compliment your natural stride. If you plan to race in the US, you'll need snowshoes that comply with the US Snowshoe Association standards. For example, the surface of your running snowshoes must be a minimum of 120 square inches. See the US Snowshoe Association site for more info

Snow Race Snowshoe by Atlas Snowshoe
Snow Race Snowshoe by Atlas Snowshoe

I had to laugh when I read about these - The vendors definitely have a sense of humor! Besides just talking about how lightweight they are (which is true - under a pound per shoe, so that's a definite plus) - they also mention about how they're handy to have around just in case you need to outrun bear or moose (good luck on either of those... but the good thing is, at least in mid-winter up in New England, the bear are in their dens!)

Anyway, if you or the person you're buying these for weigh between 75 - 190 pounds, you're good to go on these. (BTW: These are running - get it? Little joke "running?" just under $225 - but you do get what you pay for with the quality and slim design. A small price to run like the wind?)

 
ATLAS RUN SNOWSHOE
ATLAS RUN SNOWSHOE

At first glance I wasn't wild about the looks of these, only because the binding seemed convoluted. BUT, I quickly realized that these are actually really GOOD bindings in that they are those "one pull" types - pull on one strap, and they cinch right up. Now, if you are not into racing, or biathlons or multi-sport races (e.g. where you have to hop off skis, onto your snowshoes in a really quick moment), this might not be a big deal.

BUT, from my own experience as a somewhat clumsy show-shoe-putter-on-err-er, these would suit me very well. As far as quality, they are getting 5-stars all around by users who are using these for their daily runs (go off pavement, into the parks or woods). Oh, and these are less than $150!! The comments equal my own opinion about the easy on-easy off. Definitely something to consider.

 
Crescent Moon Gold 12 Running/Fitness Snowshoe Rocking Red, One Size
Crescent Moon Gold 12 Running/Fitness Snowshoe Rocking Red, One Size

These are a little unusual looking, aren't they? I'm not used to seeing the long "V" end. BUT, the manufacturer says that you don't lose that ability to stay on top of the snow (I guess they have engineers that design these things!)

And, these are designed for people up to 225 pounds, so they're a little more "built" than they look at first blush. For those of you for whom this may be important, they are made in the USA (in Boulder, CO), and one of the cool things is they have a "snowshoe recycle" program (You can learn more about that at their website).

From what John (my hubby) tells me about his own experiences (he uses snowshoes on his approaches to ice climbs), you need something that can help you "climb" up the slopes - and the manufacturer says that these are really good for hard pack, and the icy terrain you might find on traverses/climbs. Something to consider if you are running at different levels of terrain. Like here in the White Mountains!

 
Crescent Moon Gold 12 Running & Fitness Snowshoes
Crescent Moon Gold 12 Running & Fitness Snowshoes

These are, essentially, the same as the Gold Series 12 that I mention above only a different color. However, I should add that these are a "one size" model - that is, you can't choose different lengths with this.

Also, these have the "single pull" binding which I mentioned earlier as being something that I would personally prefer. Actually - I have to tell you that EVERY review from users is ALMOST enough to get me excited about winter - especially when one of the reviewers - who is a newcomer to the sport - mentioned how the OTHER people in a race who had the same model loved them more than any other model. Ok. I'm sold on this particular model I guess... Now, to tell John that "all I want for Christmas is.." :)

 

Oh wow! Guess I'll be SNOWSHOEING for a little while longer!! (Imagine my surprise...)

Oh wow! Guess I'll be SNOWSHOEING for a little while longer!! (Imagine my surprise...)
Oh wow! Guess I'll be SNOWSHOEING for a little while longer!! (Imagine my surprise...)

Best RECREATIONAL Snowshoes for Women - For the girls who just wanna have FUN! :)

Ok, now that we're down off our adrenaline high from racing around the mountains and race circuit, allow me to come back to the lovely "stopping by woods on a snowy evening" spot...

Anyway, I really think you will LOVE this selection of some of the best rated recreational snowshoes for women! Actually, even though these were primarily designed with a woman's narrower gait in mind, ANYONE with a narrow gait will like these. Between the MSR models like MSR Evo, or the BARGAIN Redfeather Arrow Snowshoe Kit (which comes with poles), or the Yukon Charlie bargains, you'll find something for your daily and recreational use.

Redfeather Arrow Snowshoe Kit with Poles (White/Red, 36)
Redfeather Arrow Snowshoe Kit with Poles (White/Red, 36)

Something that amazes me whenever I look at the new styles out there every year is that even the leisure or casual snowshoes are looking mighty fancy these days! Take these Redfeathers for example. If I waltzed around over at Great Glen Trails (see video below - the trails are only about 10 miles away from my house), I would be proud to snowshoe on the trails at the base of that mighty Mount Washington that would be overseeing my constitutional on a sunny winter day...

And, as every Yankee knows, frugality is important, and at under $200 for the whole kit and caboodle, that's a very good deal!

 
Yukon Charlies Women's ICON Beta Series Snowshoe 8" x 25"
Yukon Charlies Women's ICON Beta Series Snowshoe 8" x 25"

I added these Yukon Charlies here because they're really economical (just running about $100). But... a(nd I'm not trying to talk you out of anything) these are the types of bindings that drive me nuts. First of all, if it's cold out, and I haven't adjusted them to my boots ahead of time, I need to fiddle with the adjustments. I think I'm getting a little spoiled by the idea of the "one pull" bindings - but look at it this way:

If you are JUST STARTING OUT and aren't even sure you're going to enjoy snowshoeing, and don't want to spend too much, then these are a nice, standard pair that can get you going. And, just so you know, I'm still using shoes where I need to adjust my bindings. If I use my beginner shoes (kind of like these) enough and things go well this winter, I'll consider upgrading.

But for now, this style is fine for the amount of snowshoeing that I do.

 
MSR Evo Snow Shoes (22-Inch, Dark Green)
MSR Evo Snow Shoes (22-Inch, Dark Green)

Even though my personal shoes aren't MSR (my hubby and I are definite fans of MSR products), these are a little more like the ones I currently use. Again, you aren't getting that one-pull binding - but these aren't for racing, either. MSR is known for its high quality, and you definitely get that with these.

The bindings are a little stronger than the ones I'm using, and to be fair (even though you already know that I love one-pull bindings) I'm going to use them on the same boots pretty much all the time, so I can get used to adjusting these. Especially since they're not going to budge once I'm actually walking in them (in other words, they won't slip like some of the others out there).

They'll fit women's footwear from sizes 5 ½ - 16, so just about everyone is covered on these. They can handle a load of about 180 pounds, and according to MSR, if you use the "tails" - the optional attachable ends - you can go even heavier (up to 250 pounds).

Now, I don't know about you, but I have no intention of dragging 250 pounds around in the snow. But that's just me.

 
MSR Evo Ascent Snow Shoes (22-Inch, White)
MSR Evo Ascent Snow Shoes (22-Inch, White)

I get such a kick out of terminology when it comes to sportswear. "All terrain." That's what MSR says about these. What? Now we're the ATVs of snowshoes?

Anyway, the image brings a chuckle to me. And what the heck is a "televator?" We're getting too techie for me... but that's MSR for ya. Always on the cutting edge.

Seriously, these are hefty shoes, with the ability to load 180 pounds (250 w/ tails, as in the above, Evo model). These are pretty serious shoes.

More serious than I am, you can bet on that. I know some alpinists who probably use these. Their "recreation" is my "boot camp" and I'm not ready for that much recreation.

These gals and guys will still out coming off a traverse while I'm back home in front of the fire. Sipping wine or hot chocolate. Know what I'm saying? :) (BTW: For proof of what I'm saying, see the photo below...)

 

I wasn't kidding about preferring to sit around the fire instead of showshoeing in the dark.

I wasn't kidding about preferring to sit around the fire instead of showshoeing in the dark.
I wasn't kidding about preferring to sit around the fire instead of showshoeing in the dark.

Snowshoeing is Fun and EASY - with a Very Easy Learning Curve! - It's great for exercise and as a family activity!

Living in New England, snowshoeing is extremely popular, and I see people of all ages (including me!) out there. If I can snowshoe (as a relatively un-athletic woman), then anyone can! It reallyis a great way to get outside and breathe in that crisp fresh air!

Top Rated Snowshoes for Women...drum roll please...the MSR LIGHTNING ASCENT 25! - These beauties are EVERYTHING you want in a snowshoe and more!

Top Rated Snowshoe! Women's MSR Lightning Ascent 25
Top Rated Snowshoe! Women's MSR Lightning Ascent 25

The Women's MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

Ok ladies... THIS is the snowshoe you have been waiting for. Highly rated by users, it's lightweight (7 pounds), and very versatile. Perfect for walking trails, trail running, AND hills. MSR consistently receives high marks for their gear - and my husband, who is a rock and ice climber and agrees. You just cannot go wrong with MSR, and these Lightning Ascents are wonderful!

So, when a user can trample through winter fields, navigating downed barbed wire fences and "frozen cow poop" (hey, I didn't say it!!) well... how can you resist THAT? Again, MSR comes through with rugged bindings where your feet will stay put. Now, I have no thoughts of working a farm in the winter, but, I do have a field that I like to tromp around - just to get outside in the snow - and these look like they would do the trick (I do have some rocks that I'd probably hit, so from all accounts, these would hold up in the unstable stuff below the snow crust).

How to Choose the Right Snowshoes for Your Weight

Tubbs Snowshoes for Women - A long-time, very beloved brand in Snowshoes

Whether you're an adult or child, Tubbs Snowshoes have been around for many, many years. There's a good reason for that. They are highly trusted, affordable, and offer a terrific all-around outstanding line. Check out some of these excellent selections that are sure to fit the bill for whatever your activity levels are right for you!

WILDERNESS SNOWSHOE 25 W
WILDERNESS SNOWSHOE 25 W

Aside from the color, which I do admit I like... brings a feminine aspect to sweating under my layers of poly-pro. :)

I do like the fact that Tubbs offers a range of sizes. Go a tad shorter if you’re lighter, a tad longer if you’re heavier. The longer ones will help you stay “afloat” a little better. I wouldn’t use these for serious mountaineering, but if you’re hanging out on the flatter or less strenuous trails like I do, you should be fine.

 
JOURNEY SNOWSHOE 21 W
JOURNEY SNOWSHOE 21 W

If you look at the close-up of the photo (you can zoom in at the product page), you will notice that these are pretty basic as far as design goes. As I looked at the back heel buckle, I was reminded - once again - why I like one-pull bindings.

Having said that, these look fine for all-around use. I think - for me, anyway - I would not depend on this design in a serious alpine situation.

But, as you’ve read above, I’m not going there anyway.

 
FRONTIER SNOWSHOE 25 W
FRONTIER SNOWSHOE 25 W

Another basic classic model from Tubbs - and you have to admit that they appeal to the feminine!

Aside from the attractive design, I was a little concerned by one review that mentioned a potential adjustment issue in the heel - evidently it wasn’t as secure as she’d like it in the woods, but the overall consensus is that these are a pretty sturdy pair, and that they are easy to put on and take off (which is important to me - and if it’s important to me, it’s likely to be important to others as well).

 
XPLORE SNOWSHOE 21 W
XPLORE SNOWSHOE 21 W

I’m including this “beginners” model for two reasons; one being the price (which is great, especially if you aren’t sure you’re going to get into snowshoeing on a regular basis), and two being that once you get the hang of it - which you will - they are easy to put on and take off.

Some of the reviews aren’t great on this for some reason, so I decided to dig a little deeper. The worst of the offenses appear to be a difficulty in keeping the straps tight.

And, of the reviews that weren’t very good, only one was a verified buyer of the product (in other words, only one of those reviews was written by someone who had actually purchased the product through Amazon).

So my own thoughts are this: If you are new to snowshoeing, and can be patient with yourself as you learn how to use and adjust bindings, and if you are on a budget, by all means give these a look.

But, if you can spend a couple of dollars more, you might want to go with something where the bindings are a little easier.

AND, to be fair to Tubbs, they DO say that these are “entry level” shoes. ‘nuff said.

 
Tubbs Women's Flex Esc Snowshoe Kit (Powder Blue, 22-Inch)
Tubbs Women's Flex Esc Snowshoe Kit (Powder Blue, 22-Inch)

If I were giving a gift to a friend who had never gone snow shoeing, and had to choose between the “Xplore” model (just above) and this, I’d go with this.

Why? Well, for one thing, it’s a “kit” that comes with the poles. For another thing, it’s “gift-like” looking with its cute bag...

For another thing, it’s under $100... yeah yeah yeah... you get what you pay for!

But seriously, if you look at the closeup of the bindings (there I go with the bindings again), you’ll see that the heel binding doesn’t have a “flapping” end (which I’m always tripping up on when I’m on shoes that have the “tail” dangling), and it’s just enough of a “kit” to get outside with your friends on a snowy day to see if you like it!

 

Great Glen Outfitters up here in New Hampshire Uses Tubbs Snowshoes - By the way, if you're ever up in the NH White Mountains this is a GREAT Spot!

I'm quite fond of Great Glen Trails and the people who manage it and work there. Actually, some of the management lives right across the street from me (which in rural NH means less than 1/4 mile away). Anyway, this short video shows one of the folks at the outfitter department discussing Tubbs Snowshoes, which is the brand that THEY offer. A trustworthy brand that has been around for a long time.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I have thought about snow shoes. Maybe this lens will "kick" me into gear!

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      PadmashriSriram 3 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Thanks for sharing your insight on snow shoes

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      Tamara Kajari 3 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Wow! And wow again :) I wasn't aware of such a huge variety of these showshoes. These can't be found in any store in Croatia by the way, although they do look more than perfect for their purpose. What a great source of information while we're waiting for some real winter snow around here. Thank you.

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      kimmanleyort 4 years ago

      This is so wonderful. Makes me want to buy snowshoes (and it's summer here). Thank you so much for sharing your before and after lenses. The first was already good but this is outstanding. You've inspired me.

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      jpmny999 4 years ago

      This is a great lens!

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      What a terrific lens. I feel as though a friend was talking to me about snowshoes and their adventures with them. Definitely one that will sell.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Terrific makeover! But I'm not sure I could do it this well on any product. My lenses are probably way too humdrum and informative, so the sales aren't there. Congratulations KathyT for figuring this all out, you did a marvelous job.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautiful makeover. Liked the presentation. And the pics.

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      coopers1 4 years ago

      I liked your lenses the new one is much more of a story ?.The last time i saw snow shoes they looked like tennis rackets, O my how they have evolved over the years.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a sensational makeover! This lens is terrific on its own and it's especially inspiring to see the difference between its previous and current versions! Thanks so much for sharing your makeover with us. I think this before-and-after makeover should be required reading for every lensmaster, so I'm thrilled that doing was turned into a quest. Superb work!

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      essayshub 4 years ago

      Great changes and that's so awesome!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Hey, the original lens was pretty good - but this is excellent. I may even see of they sell these in the UK as I live in a fairly snowy area.

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      holzeason 4 years ago

      Love your makeover lens. Entertaining read & great inspiration!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have to come back here when we winter again in Canada.

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      It was interesting to see the differences between the two - yes adding a personal touch worked out well for you!

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Absolutely loved this. Back in the day when I was a kid and lived in the mountains (now i'm living a the beach, go figure), I used to do skiing and snoboarding, but I've never seen snowshoes like these. Must feel awesome on in the snow.

      If there was still a blessing feature... :)

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      Kathy, you are a very entertaining writer and I love the personal photos on this page. I can't believe the snow was almost entirely covering your vehicle! Wow! You made me want to buy some snowshoes...and I don't even get that much snow here in WV! :)

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Awesome job, girl! You've inspired me!

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      Connie Clyburn 4 years ago

      We don't get a ton of snow where I live in the South, but there is a lot of great information here in case I ever need snowshoes!! I actually like both of them for all the information included -- the remade lens definitely has more of you in it. Great job!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      mmm hi

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      mandar11 4 years ago

      Nice makeover ! Impressive..!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The technology of snowshoes sure has developed since I've had a pair on my feet...even snowshoes for running, that would have been impossible in the ones I had. I do have a sister in law who loves to get out and tries to snowshoe every day in the winter and she does have a couple pair of them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like this, a lot more than just a series of product lists. Very cool lens.

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      oztoo lm 4 years ago

      What a great make over. This is certainly what Squidoo is currently looking for so I hope it helps with Google too. You've provided great information on each product including the good and the not so good features. A lesson for us all to emulate. Thanks Kathy.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      I enjoy getting out in the snow, and snowshoes are a great option. Nice lens makeover, Kathy!

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      BW Duerr 4 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Well done revamp of your Snowshoe lens. What a great inspiration to those of us who need a little push into the right direction of the new Squidoo. :)

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I live in South Carolina on the coast and don't think I need snowshoes anytime soon, but I thoroughly enjoyed this lens! Thanks so much for sharing your lens makeover. Your willingness to share with the rest of us for the good of Squidoo is inspiring. This lens was good before, but now it's excellent. I'm going to work on my lenses now, and spiff them up!

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      justpjteb 4 years ago

      What a great lens and what a transformation from the original. Congrats and keep up the good work!

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      electrolion 4 years ago

      Where I live, there is almost a need for snowshoes, but not quite. I love this makeover; what a great example of what a lens of this type should look like.

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      Laurel Johnson 4 years ago from Washington KS

      Great job of rewriting your lens. Your personality shines.

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      ruthclark3 lm 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading about your snowshoe adventures. I prefer the warmer climes, but it certainly looks like fun to get around on snowshoes.

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      aud-vid-n-read 4 years ago

      This really does make a difference. Great work on the revamped lens.

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      shana273 4 years ago

      Great makeover!

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      OctoberGirl108 4 years ago

      Great Lens. Almost makes me want to go snow shoeing but I live in the South where there is little snow.

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      Zienna1 4 years ago

      Well, there's still hope for me then. I used to do downhill skiing and cross country, but when I hurt my back 15 years ago, I've decided not to do it again. I only watched my children from afar. I never knew anything about snowshoeing. I'll definitely tell my hubby so I can go with them again. And hey, it's winter now I'll better get cracking so I'm not going to miss it this season. It was very good. I have to put more photos on mine instead of the long boring text.(lol) Thank you for doing the lens make over and sharing it with us.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      When I lived in Colorado I toyed with the idea of snowshoeing. Now you make me wish I still lived there and had taken up this sport. Thanks for the information.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, this is great and really shows that you have done some major work on this page. Thanks for sharing the before and after.

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      cldphoenix 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the lens makeover. It has helped me to generate some great new ideas and new goals. One goal is to go buy flip flops because I could not stand to live somewhere that has that much snow on the ground in April.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, you certainly outdid yourself here. This is a wonderful revision, and much more informative. Great job (and very clever, from a marketing aspect, to contact Squidoo)! Have a great summer (guess you'll be needing to write a lens on flip-flops now, instead of those snow contraptions!)!

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      pauline60 4 years ago

      Thanks for showing this example, the updated version is so much more interesting and engaging. It really helps to see how this can be achieved just by making it more personal.

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      pauline60 4 years ago

      Thanks for showing this example, the updated version is so much more interesting and engaging. It really helps to see how this can be achieved just by making it more personal.

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      Thankfultw 4 years ago

      I enjoyed seeing your before and after lens. The "after" is much more personal! Thank you, Theresa

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      EpicFarms 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Thankfully, we don't have to worry much about snowshoes here in southeast Alabama, but your lens was a lot of fun to read ;o)

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      asiliveandbreathe 4 years ago

      This is a great lens - love your information and humour.

      I enjoyed reading all your product reviews, even though

      I will never be able to try this activity because of disability,

      which proves how entertaining this lens is!

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      Christine Hulme 4 years ago from SE Kent, England

      A lovely personal review of these products. Well done!

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      Hobgoblin LM 4 years ago

      Wow! Cool lens! I've been skiing and I've been cross-country skiing (I suck at both!) and would love to give snowshoeing a try. I can think of a few really cool places to go and try this. Maybe take a picnic and a snowboard along in a backpack and snowboard back down. It sounds like a seriously good winter workout that wouldn't be so hard on my old knees.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I live in the south so no need for snowshoes, but I enjoyed reading your story. Great review, thanks for sharing.

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      RogerBonger 4 years ago

      This is unique and very helpful. thanks

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      JenaleeMortensen 4 years ago

      Thanks for doing a before and after so show how to improve a lens. This is an interesting lens especially with your own experiences added to it.

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      Fit And Fab 4 years ago

      Love the personal pics. I can't believe you are not wearing warmer leggings in your first picture. Brrrrrrr!

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      nyokamnero 4 years ago

      There's no snow in Houston, Texas...but your lens is amazing. Thanks for the idea. Stay warm :-)

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      What a difference a day makes! This lens is terrific.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I hate the cold and I am lazy. :) But a friend did suggest snowshoeing to me as a good non-athlete alternative. Excellent review - I pinned it to my sports board and I will return in the winter.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I hate the cold and I am lazy. :) But a friend did suggest snowshoeing to me as a good non-athlete alternative. Excellent review - I pinned it to my sports board and I will return in the winter.

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      angelatvs 4 years ago

      Wow...

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      Greathaul2013 4 years ago

      Major improvement, Kathy. Well done. The lengthy descriptions of each product are impressive...shows you know a lot about snowshoes, and ur not only trying to sell them.

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      curtis62 4 years ago

      Nice example, thanks for sharing.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Love your new review. Beautifully done. I have actually been shopping for snow shoes the past couple of weeks. Though it is June, there is still plenty of snow here at elevation in Colorado. I may need snow shoes for my upcoming ascent (mountain climbing). I've been looking at the MSR show shoes. Good to see them highlighted here. Wishing you no more face plants (and me, too)!

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      readty7 4 years ago

      Your lens is so original and it has useful information, nice pictures and it has all the necessary to choose snowshoes that fits the best.

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      Very nicely done...excellent lens! Major difference... (meant to post here first...heh).

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      dbitterman 4 years ago

      I concur...the AFTER is much more interesting. Nicely done.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I love to snowshoe. Nice makeover on this lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've spent my whole live in the South, so I've never had the chance to use snowshoes. I sure would love to try it. You got my attention when you said that you don't have to be extremely physically fit - because I'm not! :) I hope that I make it to New England one winter.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I moved south so I don't ever have to deal with snow again...LOL, but love this article about snowshoes for women. If I ever again find myself in 'snow country', I'll certainly know where to find the best reviews for snow shoes!

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      BestofHalloween 4 years ago

      Definitely an improvement on your original lens. Great ideas on how to make it more personal.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This was great seeing your before and after. You have really inspired me. I know I too can do better!! Thanks so much.

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      dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

      Very personable.

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      TopReviews2u 4 years ago

      Thank you for a great example of how to update a lens and make it more personal. Great job.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm glad I don't get snow like you do. :)

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      I can see the difference. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great updated lens -- what a difference.

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      joseph-sottile-16 4 years ago

      Yes, the second site is much better. Thanks for sharing.

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      gadifi lm 4 years ago

      nice job on the updated lens, nice information and to the point

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      carol2 4 years ago

      The updated lens is much more fun - really enjoyed the pictures of you hauling the sleds and looking at the buried vehicle. Good job. Wish I needed snowshoes - looks fun.

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      This has so much good information and Today I Learned that unloading a truck in the snow, and pulling a sled to transport the load is very physical work - why else would you be wearing shorts in the snow? I have never lived in the show so this isn't a topic I would ordinarily look for, but your personal knowledge of what makes a good snowshoe, and the way you've gone through the Amazon reviews and assessed them shows that you really have done your homework on each of the products you've chosen to recommend. Well done!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      You added a lot - and it makes it so much better.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I enjoyed your descriptions of these various snow shoes. The comment about out running a moose made me giggle! Neat lens and nice makeover, Kathy T. Thank you for sharing!

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      Fascinating, and a great improvement. But I hate cold weather, so I have no need for snowshoes. I must say they look totally different from what I remember seeing growing up. I personally don't understand how they work.

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      Nice job on the updated lens. I was entertained and interested even though I have never been snowshoeing.

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      Nice job on the updated lens. I was entertained and interested even though I have never been snowshoeing.

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      The difference between the before and after snowshoe lens is fantastic. Good job! I've never seen a pair of snowshoes, and although I loved snow as a child, I hate snow now, but this is a great lens.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      What a helpful review! I have never snowshoed but perhaps I will give it a try.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      This certainly is a significant improvement over the other lens Squidoo is comparing it to.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I have been trying to stay away from cold weather for several years now, and don't intend to be in snow so deep that I will be needing snowshoes, but if I am wrong on that account I will know where to come to outfit myself for a new pair. With that being said, this is a well written lens and you should be proud! I am pinning it to my "Winterrrrr" board.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm not a snowshoer--don't even live in snow country--but if I were and did, this would be just the page I was looking for. Nicely done. Thank you for sharing the before and after page views. Even though I'm not in the market, I was interested in your personal story.

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      Bob Zau 4 years ago

      Well done! Your before lens was better than many I've seen, but your after lens was at a completely different level.

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      wjlambert lm 4 years ago

      You have some intense info on snowshoes here. The in-depth data is great. The idea is so foreign to me, but this lens has offered great insight. Thank you.

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      I had no idea you could run in snowshoes! Great lens...and thanks for your funny makeover story, too. I'll bet you're right about the video of your face plant, but maybe next time. In the meantime, I'm glad I don't need snowshoes -- I live in the coastal region of California!

      P.S.: What's with the shorts in that first photo? Are you crazy?

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      We don't have much snow where I live, but I always thought snow-shooing would be fun. I so enjoyed reading this, and your humor was great! Loved the pictures of you going up the driveway, and your winter wall.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Congratulations! This is very well done. I'm almost tempted to buy a pair to wear as I go out in our parks here in Southern CA. Of course, we don't have snow. But that's just a minor point, as long as you're wearing good snowshoes.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I come from a family of showshoers because we were born in Alaska, or, in my dad's case, he moved to Alaska far and long before the advent of snow machines. I found them challenging, to say the least. Great review.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      You know it's the strangest thing.. I lived in upstate NY all my life (until I came to Kuwait about 30 years ago... and I have NEVER worn snowshoes! I wonder why?????? We lived right in the middle of the snow belt!!!!!! Now I want some for wading through the deep sand here in Kuwait... ha ha...

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Well, we don't have snow in the Caribbean but I did find your after lens better than your before lens. Congratulations!

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      Carol Brooks 4 years ago from Florida

      Actually I thought the first lens was pretty good - informative and entertaining. But the new one really is more personal. I can see the difference. This was a learning experience for me as well. Great job!

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      You have created a superb site, and I suppose I should be planning ahead for needing some of your recommended products. Christmas in July perhaps?

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      well, the images were a great idea - but all the text next to each Amazon item is too much for me.....

      a well built lens :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Love your remake Kathy. You did a fabulous job on turning okay into absolutely fabulous.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Love your personal touch here. It sounds like snowshoeing is a great workout!

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      I have to tell you that I was all hot-under-the-collar before I visited your cool lens today! Thanks for helping me cool off ... it gets hot in Florida this time of year and dreaming about the best snowshoes for moi helps. You did a great job on spiffying up this page.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      You did a great job with this lens, I like all the informative descriptions for the snowshoes too.