Looking for a fantastic way to take in the beauty of the great outdoors? Consider learning how to snowshoe. Snowshoeing is excellent cardiovascular exercise that can be enjoyed solo or with a group of your friends. To get started, you may want to rent a pair of snowshoes to verify that it’s the right sport for you. When you’re ready to buy your own pair of snowshoes, use the tips below. Size The correct size of snowshoe depends primarily on your weight, although the conditions also influence proper sizing. If you plan to go on compacted trails, you can use a smaller snowshoe. Deep, powdery trails require a larger model. Always check the recommended weight range on a pair of snowshoes before you rent or buy them. In general, if you weigh 80 to 120 pounds, a 20-inch model will work well. A person who weighs 120 to 200 pounds should choose a 25-inch model. When in doubt, opt for a larger size of snowshoe. Type There are different types of snowshoes. Traditional snowshoes, which are quite large, are ideal for backpackers carrying heavy loads and those who wish to be quiet so as not to spook wildlife. Modern snowshoes include hiking, running, and backcountry models. Hiking snowshoes are ideal for beginners and those who do not plan to run in them. Running snowshoes are shorter and narrower. Backcountry snowshoes are ideal for trekking through icy or steep terrain, as well as deep snow. Crampons Crampons give the snowshoe traction on the snow and ice. Most models have two crampons at the toe. Aluminum crampons are best for those who plan to run, as they are light. However, steel is more durable and offers a better grip for those who enjoy difficult terrain. If you do plan to go on difficult terrain, look for snowshoes that have a row of crampons under the heel, as well as two or three crampons at the toe. You can find the perfect snowshoe for you at Straightline Sports in Steamboat Springs, CO. They also have an unbeatable selection of downhill and cross country skis, including rentals. You can call the store at (970) 879-7568 with your questions.