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Snowshoes for Sale

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by chookfootman, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. chookfootman

    chookfootman Hard Yards

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    Hi all,

    As a Scout Leader in my spare time, I'm wanting to purchase some durable snowshoes for our Scout Group in Mansfield, Victoria. I'm ok with junior sizes, but interested in what adult-sized brands and models people would recommend to source locally in quantity (6-12 sets). Youth and adults would mainly be on packed trails around Stirling or Falls Creek for a start, but may do a bit of bushbashing/play in amongst the trees. Also be carrying packs for snowcamping.
    Being thrifty, any options for second-hand pairs would also be considered.
    I've personally used the older style Tubbs (webbing) and the newer MSRs (metal railings). Not familiar with the newer all-plastic decks. Any comments welcome.
     
  2. Chaeron

    Chaeron A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was thinking that MSR Evos would suit you, until I read the bit about bushbash/play amongst trees. Most snowshoes (including MSR, Tubbs etc) have a 'free heel' which means that they only attach to your boot at the toe. While this means that they're very efficient in going forward, they're not good at sideways and woeful at going backwards. If this is important, I would suggest you look at something like the Australian invented Yowies, where the whole foot is attached to the snowshoe.
     
  4. chookfootman

    chookfootman Hard Yards

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    Thanks, Teckel. I think their primary use will be on trails, experiencing frustration side-slipping in amongst the trees will be part of the learning experience! I will check out the MSR EVO models.
     
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