Jan 29, 2012 at 6:52 am #1284855
So I borrowed my parents' cheapie snowshoes for a little walk this weekend. By "cheapie" I mean $60 Sam's Club cheap. Anyways, I noticed that with every step, it would feel like they were wobbling side-to-side and putting a sideways torque on my knees. It didn't hurt, but I could feel it. Not good over long distances with a load.
Was I using them improperly?
Is this indicative of crappy snowshoes?
Has anyone experienced this with a good quality setup?Jan 29, 2012 at 7:57 am #1831182
Jim W.BPL Member
Is it during the swing or as you are stepping down? Snowshoes definitely have mass so there is a different feeling than just walking. If they aren't balanced side to side that could generate torque as you accelerate them through the step.Jan 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm #1831271
Jake DBPL Member
Didn't feel any of that the other day with my MSR Evo tours.
you could see if a friend has some better ones or maybe rent a pair for the day from a local shop or EMS? It is hard to say without seeing the ones you have in action what is going wrong.Jan 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm #1831285
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Very hard to say without seeing the shoes in action.
One definite possibility is that there was a build-up of packed snow under the middle of the shoes, so that you were standing on 'high heels in the middle'. That will make you wobble!
CheersJan 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm #1831301
@fluffinreach-comLocale: no. california
you borrow a bicycle, because you do not ride all the time anyway, then you go out cold and put 30 miles on it .. and .. your butt is gonn'a HURT. (we know this ! )
snowshoes are like that.
if you are in otherwise strong shape, so you can Really overdo it, there is a muscle up the front of your shin that will be hit pretty hard. distance snowshoeing is an acquired taste.
v.Jan 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm #1831425
Thanks guys. Sounds like I'll need to try at least one other pair (a good one) to compare.
With a proper fitting and balanced snowshoe, should my gait be the same as regular walking, or is there a "technique," aside from new muscle soreness that Peter mentions?Jan 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm #1831430
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
"One definite possibility is that there was a build-up of packed snow under the middle of the shoes, so that you were standing on 'high heels in the middle'. That will make you wobble!"
I've seen that very problem. It can be minimized by spraying light oil over the bottom side of the snowshoes and boot soles and the binding area of the snowshoes.
–B.G.–Jan 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm #1831436
Re: buildup…. I'll have to be cognizant of that next time I go shoeing.Jan 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm #1831469
Jake DBPL Member
He said he felt weird torquing.. not shin pain. snowshoes shouldn't wobble. Cheap models aren't going to have as good binding or frame attachment so that is a red flag there.
I put mine on for the first time ever in the snow and after 100 yards it felt just like walking normal and did 2.5mph with a few stops and not trying to walk quickly. That is after not snowshoeing in the last 5 years. I even did a few sprints for fun at 8mph according to my garmin ;)
(also cycling with a correct set up doesn't hurt your butt, but someone who borrows a bike won't know that)
Cooking spray is a good way to keep things from getting snow clogged up. I do that to my snow shovel a few times a winter so doing the driveway is easier.Jan 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm #1831475
Good stuff, Jake. Thanks.
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