Among the most frequently asked questions from those who are just getting into snowshoeing is “what’s the best snowshoe size for me?” We can understand why, though. Choosing the right size for your snowshoes can really make the difference. This snowshoe sizing guide will help you with that.
The size of your snowshoe determines how well you will “float” above the snow. Snowshoes that are too small can really give you a hard time in powdery situations. They’ll sink a lot into the deep powder, and you’ll feel as if you were walking with tons of bricks hanging on your feet. On the other hand, snowshoes that are too big can make it very awkward to walk. It won’t be before the next hour on your trip you’ll get frustrated.
Unlike regular footwear, you don’t choose snowshoe size based on how big your foot is. Rather, it’s determined by three main considerations: weight load, terrain conditions, and gender. We’re going to talk about each of them more closely in the following.
Do not confuse weight load with your personal bodyweight. Weight load here refers to the total weight of your body and also anything you stuff into your backpack. Generally speaking, the heavier the weight load is, the larger snowshoes you will need. Most snowshoes are similar in width. They are about 7-8 inches. It is the length that varies. You should choose longer snowshoes if you think you’re going out with a loaded backpack often. However, if you plan on just making a few leisure day hikes in some cross country resorts, you’d better go with the shorter snowshoes.
Snowshoe Size Chart
The snowshoe size chart above should help you get a better picture on how big your snowshoes should b