Although there are several different snowshoe frames to choose from, the basic rule is this : For packed snow - any model will work. For deep snow - the more you weigh, the larger the frame you need. However, for racing, the Cleat (traction) is more important. All frames are interchangeable and can be switched in a matter of seconds!
NOTE: There is no "wrong" choice. Just as choosing a running shoe with CUSHIONING vs. SUPPORT, the farther or faster you go, the more noticeable the difference.
For Snowshoe Racing, it's best to get the smallest size allowed. This is usually 120" F.S.A (120" functional surface area). Our Model 120 Laser (120" F.S.A.) is not only the smallest and narrowest on the market, but, because of the design, has the most flotation.
Weight is also a key factor. Unlike other brands, we don't sacrifice durability or function to save weight. (Also, our Teflon coated cleats prevent ice and snow build-up which is a huge factor in reducing weight.)
Model 120 is the smallest and narrowest snowshoe allowed by the USSSA. It's our lightest model and great for Sprints, 5k and short distances but also able to handle the long stuff. Heavier runners should probably use 121 or 122 if snow conditions are poor.
Model 121 Still the best for all sizes and weights of racers. Small and light with great floatation and durability.
Model 122 is a basic version of the 121 Frame. It's the same size as the 121 but without the Powdercoating and Hinge Springs.
For Fitness or Recreational Snowshoeing you typically need a snowshoe that can handle the deeper powder and abuse associated with ungroomed trails and rugged terrain. For this purpose we offer two models.
Model 132 has the same interchangeable design as our Model 121 racer, but has larger tubing for additional durability.
Model 164 provides additional surface area due to its larger frame. The additional surface area of this model's frame provides more "float" while running or hiking on ungroomed trails in deep powder.
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