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Home | Snowshoe FAQs |  Article 

How Do I Care For My Snowshoes?

The joy of the modern (aluminum frame) snowshoe is that there is not a lot of maintenance required!

Of usual maintenance program includes:

Regular inspection of the rivet system that holds the deck and bindings together. Make sure that no separation or tearing has begun and that rivets remain tight.

Traction wear will develop over time. If your snowshoeing takes you across roads or other hard surfaces, the traction system can become dulled. Usually a quick filing of the teeth brings a nice point back to the traction bars and you are good to go!

Decking wear may take place where the decking material comes in contact with hard surfaces. This will be seen where the nylon deck begins to abrade around the frame and you will see little strands of nylon material begin to appear. Keep these strands clipped off so they won't pull or run. You can minimize this type of wear by snowshoeing only on snow and soft surfaces.

End of the year maintenance usually includes a luke-warm bath (no soap) for the snowshoes to wash off salts and other minerals that may have become imbedded on the gear.

Traditional snowshoes require more maintenance! Water is the enemy of wood and rawhide, so create a regular schedule of maintenance that includes sanding worn areas of the snowshoe and re-applying a finish over these areas to seal the frame/rawhide from the elements.  We suggest using Varathane 92 or other quality coatings that also have UV inhibitors in them.




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