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Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Military Surp Snowshoes? on 11/01/2011 14:56:13 MDT Print View

What do you guys think about the military surplus snowshoes made from magenisum? Do they make good budget snowshoes?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Military Surp Snowshoes? on 11/01/2011 15:08:05 MDT Print View

I have a pair. They work as they should. Not great for uphill so much, but for rolling terrain they do just fine. A good way to see if snowshoeing is for you. I think I paid $40 with bindings shipped. Too cheap not to try.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Military Surp Snowshoes? on 11/01/2011 15:41:50 MDT Print View

Call some rental shops. I'm pretty sure one of my hiking buddies picked up a set of MSR's that way for about $25. If you decide to upgrade further, I bet name brand snowshoes would be a lot easier to resell.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Had 'em, sold 'em on 11/04/2011 19:35:15 MDT Print View

Had a pair of aluminum military 'shoes W/ plastic coated steel cable webbing. (The shape is called "Michigan" style, it's a teardrop shape.) I cut a usless 5" off the tails and replaced the military bindings with far better LL Bean bindings. My next mod was to rivet 1" stainless steel angle (W/claw teeth cut into one edge) to the bottom of the LL Bean bindings but I never got that far. Sold 'em for $50. to a friend who used them for deer hunting.

I got some Atlas 800 series 30" 'shoes and was much happpier, except on steep, slippery traverses.

Now I have even better MSR Lightning Ascent 30" 'shoes. No more slippin' on those steep sidehill crossings.

Edited by Danepacker on 11/04/2011 19:35:59 MDT.