Can you tell me the proper snowshoes to wear in really deep snow, or does it matter?
The depth of the snow usually is not the deciding factor in the length or type of snowshoes to wear; however it is something to factor in. Generally I look at the supported weight (including myself and gear carried) terrain, and consistency of snow. I own several pairs of snowshoes but here is the general rule: The longer the snowshoe, the better the floatation; however the longer the shoe, the more energy you expend. I suggest going with the shortest snowshoe possible for your weight and terrain. With unbroken trail, powdered snow, and carrying a heavy pack - I wear 36" Tubbs mountaineers. However, I can go back later the same year after the snow has settled and I can get away with a pair of 25" Atlas 1025 snowshoes. In the end, look at the manufacturer specifications and try out a few pairs. - Outbound Dan
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