M Lightweight Metal Frame Snowshoes Review Summary and Gear Guide Overview

by Will Rietveld and Jay Ham

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Article Summary:

Snowshoeing is rapidly increasing in popularity. The backcountry in the wintertime is just as exhilarating as it is in the summer, and modern snowshoes, along with specialized winter boots, allow travel in the snow with less effort and more comfort than in years past. Lightweight hiking enthusiasts snowshoe in the wintertime to “get out there” year round. Backcountry skiers don snowshoes to gain elevation. Thrill seekers enjoy glissading in deep powder down steep timbered slopes, running full tilt down a snow-covered slope, or jumping from a drop-off into a drift of fluffy white. Others use snowshoes for cardio workouts - doing lots of climbing at a brisk pace, or running 5 kilometers on a groomed trail. In this Review Summary and accompanying reviews we evaluate a variety of lightweight metal frame snowshoes based on weight, performance, and durability trade offs.

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