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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-23-2021, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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I want to buy some snowshoes so I can join a friend of mine and go snowshoeing in Kananaskis Country.
I am a beginner and want something of decent quality. I am 5' 9" and 140 lbs. If you know of some brands I might like and even a link that would be appreciated.
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Go to your local Costco and pickup some $90 Mountain-Man snowshoes.
Try them out for a few trips. If you enjoy it, then go and buy something a bit more robust and/or trendy.
I've had my Costco shoes for over 10 years now and they're still going strong. For the number of times I use them in an average year (4 or 5 times) they don't owe me anything. Something to consider if you find it necessary to buy the biggest and the best top-of-the-line equipment.

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Atlas brand is good. This is their website with several options

https://atlassnowshoe.com/en-ca/c/sn...ens-snowshoes/


Right now Sportchek has a deal for Access 25
https://www.sportchek.ca/product/atl...31862286.html#
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I am a back country skier of five decades who always said I never would snowshoe. Wrong as usual, it has to do with my equally old partner. So why buy the great expensive snowshoes? What advantage does a premium snow shoe have over a costco cheapie? At this point I'm questioning my need to have the best of everything. Good enough usually is, except in skis.

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So why buy the great expensive snowshoes? What advantage does a premium snow shoe have over a costco cheapie? At this point I'm questioning my need to have the best of everything. Good enough usually is, except in skis.

One argument would be that you'd break down 5 costco cheapies while single premium 'shoe would still be good. Not to mention things like performance etc. In life you get what you pay for. It also comes to personal preferences; for you in skis "good enough is not good" - because skiing mattered.

I do agree though that when you are just testing the waters, cheapie might make more sense. But then I'd rent something once or twice & decide after. In general, if you can afford, it is usually better to go for quality
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Thanks everyone for your advice. There is not much available in Calgary and a lot of the online snowshoes are sold out. I ended up purchasing this package on Amazon. I like that poles were included as my trekking poles do not have baskets and MEC didn't have any in stock. Reviewers said the quality is good.




https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I had recently look for snowshoes for someone, and I was surprised at how out-of-stock all the stores were. It's the new toilet paper!
I'm happy with my old Lightning Ascents, I find the heel lift useful, which my old Tubbs didn't have.
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I also have these and for our Coast Mt. scrambling are excellent. Great traction on a hill with the teeth around the entire outer frame band. Interestingly I bought the thinner width ladies models which I liked for the width which can trip you up when your tired. Im 160 lbs. My buddy has the men's model and we go out and compare, about the same float. But would these be the best for flatter land hiking with dry powder ? I grew up in Ontario and I had the big "Athabascan" style for powdery snow and "Bear Paws" for crust. If your not doing steep stuff maybe you don't need all the traction of the Lightning Ascents. It does take more work with better traction as you definitely need to lift every step, no foot dragging!
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I have a pair of atlas snow shoes and recently got a pair of msr explores. The msr has grips all around the edges which make them far better for doing tricky mountains in the snow but if you doing mainly flater, non technical hikes, atlas is a good brand with the "tubular" edges lol
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.... But would these be the best for flatter land hiking with dry powder ?. If your not doing steep stuff maybe you don't need all the traction of the Lightning Ascents.
I use an old MSR which is similar to the Evo Ascents. It works well on dry powder as long as it's flat land. Heading up a steep incline, the snowshoes lose traction because the dry snow is not cohesive enough.
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Interestingly I bought the thinner width ladies models which I liked for the width which can trip you up when your tired.
Makes sense, it all depends on the snow conditions. I once ran into an old-timer on Grouse that was raving about these mini circular snowshoes, smaller than a regular snowshoe but big enough to keep you from postholing in certain conditions.
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