Do snowshoes actually work? Real world testing in deep snow of traditional snowshoe styles!
Ok, Ok, this may not exactly be a scientific experiment, but heck, it’s as close as I could get out here. often times I’m asked about snowshoes, which ones are best synthetic versus traditional, the best size to wear, etc.. so i figured, why not just head out onto the lake, stomp around in a couple different styles and see which performs best? So that’s just what I did!
I chose to do this test on the lake, where the snow depths are consistent, unlike within the forest. I began with walking a straight line with my 12 x 60 Ojibwa style shoes, then followed it up by walking another straight line next to it with my Bear Paw style 16 x 30 shoes. I also wanted to show just how much snowshoes help, so I then took them off and walked another straight line without any snowshoes at all…..the verdict….