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Discussion: Snowshoes

in: veinbuster; veinbuster > 2016-12-15

Dec 15, 2016 6:12 PM # 
I think the only person selling Dion snowshoes in Canada is our friend Derrick Spafford, 'Bent's former running coach. He is great and will ship them promptly.

For someone who hikes more than runs, you might also look at the Atlas snowshoes - something like this.

Running/walking snowshoes are designed to allow you to use a normal gait, i.e. you don't need to struggle along with your legs wide apart. The trade-off is flotation. Most of the time in southern Ontario, it's more comfortable to use running/walking snowshoes. The good ones have cleats to help you climb hills and they will keep you on top of forest debris so you can explore off-trail more easily than you can in summer. But don't expect to stay on top of fluffy snow.

As with bikes, there are advantages to collecting a few different pairs of snowshoes. :) The nice thing about snowshoes is that they are easy to share with family members or visiting guests. We have about 7 pairs of snowshoes since visitors can't borrow our skis but everyone can go snowshoeing with us.
Dec 15, 2016 6:34 PM # 
It was at Spafford that I saw the Dion. The ability to swap cleats or harness were part of what appealed to me, aside from recognizing Spafford's name.

I looked at the Atlas last year and thought they would probably serve me. I just never got to MEC to see if I would like the harness.

I'll get some light duty ones now and probably some suitable to deep powder some other time.
Dec 15, 2016 7:36 PM # 
Sounds like a plan! In spite of our large inventory, I've also thought of adding a pair of Dions to the fleet, along with some of the interchangeable components. It is a cool concept.
Dec 16, 2016 12:53 PM # 
Welcome to come over and test our fleet.

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