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kernowclimber
2010-12-13 11:27:35
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Horses for courses
Like everything else you get what you pay for and the same is true of snowshoes. Before we parted with a considerable amount of cash for our 2 pairs, we did a lot of reading up about them, what features they have and the types of materials they are constructed from. Based on this we then purchased the Lightening Ascent as they seemed to best fit the bill for the activities we do. Other excellent snowshoes are out there on the market that suit the type of activities others might like to engage in.

Cheaper snowshoes can be bought most certainly but lack many features. Some entirely recreational types will not even have a crampon and are for use only in places such as city parks. For even the easiest mountain hikes, you will most certainly need a crampon built into your snowshoe. At the top end are those built for activities such as bushwhacking, featuring tough binding systems, aggressive crampon units and travelator bars. Where I have snowshoed in the States, you are not permitted on designated trails unless you are wearing snowshoes or skis, as boots damage the packed surface of the trail. I had a taste of this yesterday walking up Mullacor through forestry tracks from Glendalough - it was far easier to break trail than walk in that made by boots!

The terrain here is far more difficult than anything I've encountered across the Big Pond where there are properly maintained designated winter trails in many mountain areas. Personally, I wouldn't want to use a cheap end shoe to climb a mountain such as Lug. So, you pays your money, you makes your choice!
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