Need advice on snow shoes

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  1. sweet trav

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    I saw some at costco but wasnt sure of quality...they were $70ish for shoes and poles and held up to 250lbs...I am 6' 250lbs.

    Thanks!

    ...also...I'm not looking to go crazy on price...$150 or less...and less is muy bueno. :)

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    Remember, if you are wearing winter clothes and carrying any gear you'll pass up that 250 mark.
    I have one pair, but sometimes wish I had 3 pair.
    It depends a little on how you will be using them.
    Mine are fairly large Michigan pattern shoes. Great on trails, or hauling ice fishing gear across a lake in deep snow. But in thick brush and spruce blow downs a man can get pretty good at swearing.
    I'm not saying the ones you looked at are a bad choice. Just think about how deep and fluffy the snow is, how much total weight will be on them, what kind of terrain you'll be in. Oh, and how many miles will you be putting on them. Just a few short trips, make it easier to contend with less than ideal.
    Not really a direct answer to your question, but I hope it helps a little.


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    Snowshoes are the same as regular footwear, buy once, cry once. Having said that, anything from the MSR brand will do a great job and be in, if not well below your budget. I use the Lightning Ascents but there are several other great models available from MSR.
     
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    Ditto ^^^

    Knee deep powder
    Wet heavy snow
    Groomed trails
    Open trails
    Open woods
    Heavy pucker bush
    Running established floats,,,
    Carrying a load

    I weigh 180 now nekked, more in my heavy winter things, and I wish sometimes I had a dozen pair for every occasion. I make due with my Faber Montagny's, but lots of times having choices would be better,,,

    Montagny | Faber Snowshoes
     
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    Yeah, not really what you're asking, but you do have to consider where they will be used. If you're using them on groomed trails then modern is fine, but if you want to go off-trail you definitely want traditional. I would highly recommend the Lure of the North shoes, best of modern and traditional as they use lightweight fishing line for the weave. They are in Canada though, but maybe someone makes a similar shoe in the States.
    Traditional Snowshoes w/ Monoline weave
    (Link included so you can check them out, I'm not associated with them in any way, just have purchased shoes from them and a moccasin kit.)
     
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    I'm in the panhandle of Idaho...inland northwest...a decent amount of snow...lower levels are a few feet...higher levels are more...would like to be able to cruise off trails but would also use trails/roads traveled by snowmobiles etc.

    Thanks fellas!
     
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    With winter cloths about 250#, 14 by 48" hurons and 14" by 60" alaskans for deep powder. Brother uses a set of 14" by 60" alaskan with mono fish line for webbing, they are half the weight of mine. Good luck.
     
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    Just don't buy those cheap plastic ones or you'll be sliding all over.
     
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    depends on the country and the snow conditions. the white metal frame military surplus shoes go for something like $40 now i think. i'm pleased with mine, even though i like the looks of the rawhide better, less maintenance for the metal kind. i'd tend to recommend a full size shoe for anyone over about a buck eighty.
     
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    Have a pair of mil surplus ones there rugged I'm 6 foot and was 261 when I started last year I'm 232 now and they worked just fine for me. If your not looking for speed and don't mind working to break trail I don't think you can beat em for the price. I did put a set of worlds best bindings on them and they work quite well.
     
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    Are the mil surp ones made of magnesium?
     
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    The frame is and the mesh is made of thin cable that is coated with some sort of plastic.
     
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    Good advice here. I would just add that traditional snowshoes are mostly quiet while some modern snowshoes are loud with irritating squeaks that can drive a person nuts after a while in the silent winter woods.
     
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    Crescent Moon snowshoes are top of the line, pricey but worth every penny.
     

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