Snowshoe Weight limits - ClubTread Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-14-2009, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.
Posts: 112
Snowshoe Weight limits

Quick Question. I have been thinking of going snowshoeing for the first time perhaps this season. I am in the region of 265-275lbs. Is there a rating for these shoes? Can anyone suggest a beginner pair but that I won't snap in two so to speak
TESKELLY is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-14-2009, 10:48 PM
Intermediate Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Posts: 886
You might want to rent a few pairs and see what you like. That way if they break, it is someone else's problem.

I have never broken metal snowshoes but I have destroyed lots of wood ones. My experience is that the length of the snowshoe is the critical factor. A longer snowshoe can get suspended between two logs, or between the banks of a creek and that causes the break. I weigh about 100 kg and I often carry a heavy pack in the winter.

In my opinion the 25" MSR lightning ascent's are the best (and most expensive) solution.
weedWhacker is offline  
post #3 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2009, 01:21 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North Vancouver, , .
Interest: Some interests: working out, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, cycling, motorcycling, gardening, classical music, opera, ballet, travel, esp. cruise travel, good books, wine, and food...
Posts: 234
25" might be ok in the hard stuff, but anything less than 30" you'll sink like a rock in soft snow.
Scorpio is offline  
post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2009, 07:19 AM
Senior Member
 
Kid Charlemagne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: , BC, Canada.
Posts: 1,372
I use the MSR Denali's with the long tails when I'm under full load, about 280lbs. A bit more float would be nice, but a larger snowshoe just isn't practical.
Kid Charlemagne is offline  
post #5 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2009, 09:19 AM
Intermediate Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Chilliwack, BC, .
Posts: 755
Hey Tes....

I'm with Weed-W rent different brands but I suspect 30" might work best overall (fluffy new snow as well as crusty old stuff)

Have fun. - G
Baddoc48 is offline  
post #6 of (permalink) Old 11-16-2009, 07:51 AM
Advanced Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: , , Canada.
Posts: 2,428
All the snowshoes I checked out had load ratings attached. Denali has ratings cross-referenced for different kinds of snow as well as varying body weights. Using them for an example, the maximum they show for deep, soft snow when breaking trail is the standard 22" snowshoe plus an 8" tail. They're also only 8" wide, as compared to others that run 9", 10" or even more.

If you're over 200 lbs, with pack, I'd also look at strength and the width of your stride.

My biggest concern when shopping for snowshoes was whether they would flip snow up my backside! A lot of the more expensive brands, like Atlas, seem to have that problem.
peter1955 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the ClubTread Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1