One of the best aspects of the racquet is our ability to make it our own. Every snowshoer is different – different interests, sizes and needs. You can go there with family or friends and decide on the type of outing you want. But how do we find the right snowshoes for each member of our family or group?
Both on and off the snow, Redfeather Snowshoes, located in La Crosse, WI, truly exemplifies that their snowshoes are designed for everyone and by everyone (75% of their workforce are people with disabilities ).
Catering to all types of snowshoers, Redfeather Snowshoes were the first company to create a racket specifically for women, children and runners, among other accomplishments.
So, without further ado, here are a few options for every snowshoer.
Snowshoes for beginners
If you are looking for a snowshoe outing on flat or hilly terrain, the Redfeather Hike is for you. This snowshoe is ideal for the beginner or the hobbyist looking for a lighter hike to relieve the stress of the day.
The Hike snowshoe is available in men’s and women’s sizes, with a wide range of lengths (22 ″, 25 ″, 30 ″, 36 ″) to accommodate a variety of body types and equipment loads. In powder or soft, fluffy snow, the 36 ″ can accommodate over 225 lbs (102+ kg). If you are snowshoeing in more compact conditions (you won’t be sinking deep into the snow) you can use the Hike even if you exceed the recommended weight. See the full size chart for additional tips.
You can also get the hike in a set, which includes snowshoes, poles, and a tote.
Snowshoes for climbing and mountaineering
Are you a snowshoer who loves steep climbs? These snowshoes protect you or a member of your family.
The Alpine has a V-tail design and the studs and traction needed to hook ice to snow during ascent and descent. You can also use the heel lift on the way up if you need to relieve your calves.
The Alpine is available in 25 ″, 30 ″ and 35 ″. Similar to the 36 ″ Hike, the 35 ″ Alpine can support over 220 lbs (100+ kg) including gear. The weight recommendations are more flexible if you are snowshoeing in snow where you won’t go deep.
Like the Alpine, the Pace has a V-shaped design with front and rear studs for traction. This racquet is approximately 1 inch narrower than the men’s models to accommodate a narrower stride.
Choose from three different sizes: 21 ″, 25 ″ and 30 ″. In soft powder, the 21 ″ can hold up to 125 lbs (57 kg), while the 30 ″ can hold up to 200 lbs (90 kg). Packed conditions or conditions where you won’t sink deeply allow more flexibility in weight recommendations.
Snowshoes for running
Are you an avid runner or a snowshoe racer? Running rackets, including the Vapor, are shorter and narrower than your average shoe. Redfeather’s V-tail design (which is also part of their technical snowshoes) also allows mobility and speed on snow.
This shoe comes with a cross country binding designed to fit running shoes and lock in the foot without creating any tightening points. Or, if you prefer, you can use the Thunderbolt Direct Shoe Mount instead of the mount.
Snowshoes for children
Let’s not forget the snowshoes for the little ones in the family. There are snowshoe options for toddlers through teens.
In fact, Redfeather Snowshoes even has a school program designed to get kids out in the winter.
Older children and adolescents
For those in the family who aren’t quite the size of men and women yet (under 125 lbs / 57 kg), the Y2 is a great option. Built with the same features as Redfeather’s adult snowshoes, this shoe offers the same secure binding and traction, but in a smaller size.
The Y2 is available in one size and can hold up to 125 lbs (57 kg) with equipment. As a reminder, this weight recommendation concerns the soft powder. If you are snowshoeing in packed conditions there is more flexibility in the weight recommendations.
The Elf snowshoe offers traction for grip in the snow but with a flexible and secure binding that is easier to use. The Elf has a round tail design (like the Hike), perfect for recreational outings.
This racquet can accommodate up to 80 lbs (36 kg) with equipment.
For the little ones in your family, Flashtrax and Snowpaw are a fun way to experience snowshoeing for the very first time. These snowshoes allow your little one to explore with you while having fun in compact conditions and on flat terrain.
Go out & Snowshoes
All in all, Redfeather Snowshoes really has snowshoes for everyone, including everyone in the family. Whether you like laid back outings, steep trails, running, or whatever your size, there is a racket for you!
For a full list of racquets and accessories, see the Redfeather Gear Guide.
What are your favorite Redfeather rackets? Please let us know in the comments below.
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