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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Lightest snowshoes on the market today? on 09/24/2012 15:19:36 MDT Print View

Heya everyone,
Anyone know what the lightest snow shoes on the market are these days?
I'm looking forward to some winter trips.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
You asked for the lightest. on 09/24/2012 15:41:32 MDT Print View

http://www.airlitesnowshoe.com/

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Lightest Snowshoe on 09/24/2012 15:48:06 MDT Print View

Wow! Didn't know such a thing existed.
I'm guessing I'll need something more durable though. I've been looking at these Altas Run snowshoes. Not sure if they are good. I've only been snow shoeing once, so I don't know a whole lot yet.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Lightest Snowshoe on 09/24/2012 16:51:06 MDT Print View

"I'm guessing I'll need something more durable though."

Indeed! Check out the snowshoes at Northern Lites. Either the Elite or the Backcountry will serve you well for all but technical snowshoeing. They are top quality and the lightest real snowshoes I am aware of. I have used the Elites for the past 5 years and am well satisfied with them.

http://www.northernlites.com/

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Lightest Snowshoe on 09/24/2012 19:08:19 MDT Print View

I'll check those out. Thanks Tom! :)

Frank Deland
(rambler) - M

Locale: On the AT in VA
Light snow shoes on 09/24/2012 19:16:01 MDT Print View

Ditto to NortehrnLites
Here are some photos:

http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/101764446yARQiX

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Lightest snowshoes on the market today? on 09/25/2012 08:43:37 MDT Print View

In Japan these are what are used on steep mountain trails, instead of snow shows. They are called, "wakan". They do a better job in gripping the snow than snowshoes and work better in the very tight brush and rocky terrain you find here. They only weigh 735g (the Northern Light Elites weigh 1134g).

wakan

Edited by butuki on 09/25/2012 08:45:19 MDT.

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
Wakan on 09/25/2012 18:04:49 MDT Print View

What a great MYOG project using cheap ski poles and a tube bender.
But how well do they stop postholing, Miguel?
If postholing is not an issue, why carry more than Microspikes (for backpacking - not talking about climbing).

Michael B
(mbenvenuto) - F

Locale: Vermont
Re: Re: Lightest snowshoes on the market today? on 09/25/2012 19:30:02 MDT Print View

the wakan is interesting and something I hadn't seen. Are these lighter at 410g or is your listed weight for two? these are Alum not steel. I wonder if that would satisfy the requirement to wear shoes in the daks.

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/fieldlife/item/10001125/

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Lightest snowshoes on the market today? on 09/25/2012 20:12:04 MDT Print View

Wakan looks to have little float ability and only lateral toothed "crampon".

Matthew Naylor
(mrnlegato)

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
folding snowshoes on 09/25/2012 20:22:20 MDT Print View

Not the lightest things ever, but maybe interesting to the thread:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/371740524/snowxu-foldable-snowshoes?ref=search

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
post holing on 09/25/2012 21:16:05 MDT Print View

every year I'm out snowshoeing I see a lot of folks that are on too small of snowshoes (maybe the right snowshoe, but they are the wrong weight :))

if you're always on very compact snow you can probably get by w/ a smaller shoe, but if you have to contend w/ less than compact or any powder you're going to regret too small a shoe

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: post holing on 09/26/2012 01:54:23 MDT Print View

The wakan weight listed is for the two.

Wakan are also designed for the local conditions here, where, for the most part, snow is very wet and very deep. They wouldn't work very well in dry snow (like up in Hokkaido). Walkers here interchange what they use, between wakan and snowshoes, according to the weather and conditions. The wakan certainly wouldn't stop postholing in dry snow, so in those conditions people here use snowshoes. The wakan work very well on steep terrain, though, and the lack of webbing between the struts is part of what gives them better grip in the steep snow.