Snowshoes have been around for thousands of years! They provide a method of increasing the surface area of the feet to increase flotation on deep snow as well as provide extra traction.
The original classic design featured a wooden frame with rawhide lacing. Snowshoes were essential tools for fur traders, trappers and anyone whose life or living depended on the ability to get around in areas of deep and frequent snowfall.
In modern times snowshoe technology has evolved to include lighter stronger metals, highly adjustable bindings and claw like crampons under foot. This has resulted in lighter snowshoes with more traction. These modern snowshoes come in a variety of shapes and sizes from deep power to smaller running snowshoe types.
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