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What Makes A Women's Snowshoe Unique?

A real growth segment of the snowshoe industry has been the increased number of women who have begun to enjoy this activity.

Women's snowshoes are typically different than men's in several ways:

Size: Most women are smaller and lighter than men and therefore don't require as big a snowshoe. The development of the 21 inch and 25 inch snowshoe models was driven by the increased number of women who are now snowshoeing.

Shape: A woman's stride is different than a mans...typically women take shorter strides than men. To accommodate this difference women's snowshoe models tend to be narrower and more tapered towards the tail of the snowshoe. This combination promotes a more comfortable 'nesting' of the snowshoes while walking. With the tapered tails there is less tendency for the snowshoer to be stepping on their snowshoe tails while walking...thereby there is less potential for falling. The narrower snowshoes also promote a more natural stride and minimize any discomfort that may come from having to maintain a wider stride while snowshoeing on longer/wider men's snowshoes.

Bindings: Women's snowshoes have bindings that have been scaled down to more comfortably and securely accommodate smaller boot sizes. Let's face it...trying to strap a pair of size 6 women's boots into a binding that is designed around a size 9 men's boot is not a formula for successfully keeping a foot securely in the binding! Most women's snowshoes have bindings that will securely accept women's boot sizes 5 - 10.




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