Millet Sports Sale

Snowshoes

Crampons are designed to bite into ice or hard-packed snow to aid traction and climbing. When walking through softer snow, you are likely to sink in whether you are wearing your crampons or not. This is when you need a good pair of snowshoes to disperse the load more evenly and prevent sinking. Snowshoes are nothing new; they have been around for thousands of years to help man cross snow more easily. Traditionally, they were made from a hardwood frame and rawhide lacing. These days, snowshoes feature more advanced materials such as aluminium, kevlar, titanium, and carbon-fibre.

 

Sinking into snow while you walk is extremely energy draining and makes for slow progress. Modern snowshoes are lightweight, strong, and increase the area of each footprint to aid flotation. We have selected and recommended a range below.

 

Approx: £235 Easton Artica Backcountry Snowshoes
Easton Artica Backcountry Snowshoes

The Easton Artica Backcountry Snowshoe is for the more serious winter enthusiast. They feature a Quick-Clinch binding system that allows them to be put on and taken off with just one hand. Made from 7075 aluminium, these snowshoes are both strong and flexible and built to absorb shock. The Artica Backcountry also features crampon points on the underside for ultimate traction. Winner of the 2009 Outside Magazine Gear of the Year Award. One-size-fits-all and available in 21in, 25in, and 30in sizes respectively – covering a weight range from 90-250lbs.

 

Approx: £200 MSR Evo Snowshoes
MSR Evo Snowshoes

The MSR Evo snowshoes feature a PosiLock AT pivoting binding system and are lightweight at just 450g. The MSR Evo has integrated traction for extra grip and traction. These snowshoes are ideal for recreation adventure trailing and can be fitted with an extra rear tail (sold separately) to aid flotation in deeper snow conditions.

 

Approx: £195 Kahtoola MTN 24 Snowshoe
Kahtoola MTN Snowshoe

These one-size-fits-all snowshoes are compatible with most trekking and mountain footwear and feature the patented SKYHOOK® step-in technology.

 

Approx: £75 Black Canyon Snowshoes
Black Canyon Snowshoes

These snowshoes are an ideal entry level snowshoe for the occasional recreational snow walker.