Snowshoe Size Questions

iStock_000000373726_Medium1200Why are there so many different sizes of snowshoes? How do I know which on is right for me? We’ll break it down here for you.

As you probably know there are hundreds of different snowshoes available today. With all those choices come different sizes as well. So why do they make so many different sizes? It’s a personal thing.

Determining the size of your snowshoes depends on your weight, how you plan to use them, what you plan to carry and what kind of snow you will be frolicking in.

There are 3 major sizes available today.8″ by 25″ – 9″ by 30″ – 10″ by 36″

In general, the 8×25 snowshoes are made for people who weigh 90 to 140 lbs. The 9×30 snowshoes are for 140 to 200 lbs and the 10×36 snowshoes are for folks over 200 lbs.

BUT, weight is not the only factor.

For example: if you are snowshoeing on the East Coast where the snow tends to be heavier and more packed, you may be able to go down a size level. On the other hand if you are in a place like Colorado or Utah where the snow is typically soft and light, you may need to go up a size to give you some extra flotation.

You will also need to keep in mind that your weight is your total weight. Not just in your birthday suit, but loaded up with all you clothing, gear and food. So make sure that you are allowing for the few extra pounds when you pick your size!

Another thing to keep in mind is your height. This is especially important with women. As a general rule as the snowshoes get longer, they also get wider. The result of the wider width causes a wider stance. With shorter folks, a wider stance can get very uncomfortable after a mile or so, so if you are shorter than around 5’6″, we would suggest an 8×25 model.