The Benefits of MSR Snowshoes
MSR Snowshoes: Bred in the Mountains, Made in Seattle
With the right snowshoes— MSR snowshoes—you can venture out into most anything winter has to offer, from snow-covered hills and forested trails, to glacier fields and steep, icy slopes. MSR designs have led the industry in innovation for twenty years, and one of the ways we continue that forward progress is by manufacturing our snowshoes right here in Seattle, Washington. Take a look and see how we create the unrivaled traction, modular flotation and ergonomic efficiency that go into MSR Snowshoes.
No matter the terrain or conditions you travel, traction is the cornerstone of performance in a snowshoe. At MSR, we've proven exactly where you need it underfoot and just how to engineer superior traction into the most intelligent designs possible for all-terrain performance and confidence behind every step.
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More than 4,000 years in the making, modern snowshoes have migrated from their roots in Central Asia to become a popular form of recreation worldwide for all types of adventurers. Annually, millions of cold weather enthusiasts explore city parks to national parks on plastic and metal-framed footwear designed for snow flotation. And selecting the perfect snowshoes for the intended terrain and snow conditions will only heighten the experience for everyone.
Step 1. Choose Your Adventure
Snowshoes are designed with different levels of traction and flotation (surface area) to accommodate different environments. When shopping for snowshoes, consider the terrain that you’ll most frequently encounter.
Step 2. Choose Your Size
The surface area of the snowshoe determines how much float you’ll achieve on snow. So the size of your snowshoe needs to match the weight and burden it’ll carry. Start by estimating how much you’ll weigh with all your gear, food and water so that you can determine how long the snowshoe needs to be. Bigger isn’t always better. Snowshoes that are too big can make it hard to walk, increasing your fatigue over a long day. Snowshoes that are too small won’t give you the float you need.
Step 3. Know Your Stance
Current snowshoe designs take into account the natural gait of men and women, often with specific models for each gender. Men and women typically have different stance due to our biological hip designs. Men often have a wider gait and women narrower. Snowshoes that account for this make a notable difference in comfort and muscle fatigue. MSR takes biomechanics into consideration in designing all of our snowshoes.