> Dot, what are your recommendations on snowshoes to run in. We haven't
> gotten enough snow yet in the Upper Valley of Vermont, but it probably won't
> be long.
I'm using NorthernLites Elites
The decision was based primarily on knowing the Elites had been used in
some of the Alaskan winter ultras, were the lightest on the market, and
cost $200/pair vs about $300+ for most of the others. It was one of
those shoot-from-the-hip decisions since I had no real way (or
foreseeable way) of getting more information or knowing what was right
I've been very happy with them, but would like to actually compare them
with other brands, just to see what some of the other gizmos are and
understand the differences.
The instructor at a seminar (fast at national level in women's division)
last year uses Red Feathers since she was sponsored by them (public
relations-type team) and she liked them. However, they aren't doing that
this year and there's been some buyouts in the industry, so she's
considering getting the Elites also, although she is aware of a pair
breaking (not sure how) on one of the ultras in the past. I think the
current RedFeathers are different from the older ones. I think she gets
over 1000 miles out of a pair of ss and has only been running with them
for about 3 or 4 years, iirc - she's very much a ss addict
most of the ultras up here now are run on packed trails, but people
carry ss in their sleds for emergencies or soft snow.)
Jan 8, 2005, is Winter Trails Day nationwide where many places are
having events to get more people involved in winter sports - in
particular, having snowshoes (and I think xc skis) to try.
If there's a location near you or some other event, it might be
worthwhile checking out snowshoes from vendors. If I was near one, I
definitely would. I'd be particularly interested in the Dion ss because
of things I've heard about their bindings.
Here's an online mag (planning to be hard copy some day) with varying
qualities of information.
Note that they have a forum also, although it's still way below
Here's a rather long, but informative (IMHO) discussion of snowshoe
running and gear - and it has a lot more links from multiple people.
Being able to get off the icy, cruddy roads and bike paths (adjacent to
roads so they get the snowplow crud) and run with snowshoes has really
been a godsend for me in terms of conditioning without the fear-factor
aspect. We don't always have reliable snow though.
There'll be a test next week
The goal is training and adaptation, not destruction and injury.
- John Hardy