Let Us Guide You to the Perfect Pair of Snowshoes

Snowshoeing is the ultimate gateway activity for exploring winter beyond the comforts of home. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. On snowshoes you get access to quiet hidden places you’ve never seen- swamps, hillsides, and the backside of ski areas. Most folks experience the winter outdoors on groomed terrain accessed by ski lifts, and miss out on the solitude of rabbit tracks across fresh fallen snow. Snowshoes are your lifetime pass to the backcountry.

Shopping for snowshoes includes choices ranging from small running models that look like they’re for kids, to women’s-specific designs, to mountaineering styles that look like overkill. To help you make the best selection for your needs, we’ve narrowed your decisions to three simple questions: who are you, what kind of terrain will you explore, and how much gear will your snowshoes need to support?

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Who Are You?

  • Man

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    Men’s snowshoes come in frame sizes supporting heavier users, and their bindings generally accommodate up to a size 13 boot. Compared to women’s snowshoes, men’s models are wider through the length of the frame to accommodate the wider male stride.

    Select Men's
  • Woman

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    Snowshoes built for women have an asymmetrical frame that allows walking without stepping on the toe of the rear snowshoe. Bindings on women’s snowshoes cinch to securely capture boots down to a size 6. Compared to men’s snowshoes, women’s models are tapered in the tail to accommodate a shorter leg and more in-line stride.

    Select Women's
  • Child

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    Snowshoes for kids are designed for ease of use without sacrificing functionality. The bindings are simple so the children get moving without too much hassle. Kids’ snowshoes provide security, support and traction comparable to grown-up ones, tailored to younger users.

    Select Kids'

Manufacturers have developed snowshoe frames and bindings to accommodate differences in weight, leg, foot size, and stride between men, women and children. Hover over the information icons to learn more and make your selection.

What terrain will you explore?

  • Gentle

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    Snowshoes for gentle terrain like golf courses offer bindings that are easy to get on and off, and traction for when the sun begins to set and the trail glazes over. Running-specific snowshoes are also designed for this type of terrain. Gentle terrain is the best selection if you are a beginner and your nearest adventure area is not very steep or exposed.

    Select Gentle
  • Rolling

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    Snowshoes built for rolling terrain are the most versatile. They are capable of navigating gentle and rolling terrain with ease, and with care, tackling steep terrain too. In the rolling terrain of foothills and on occasional mountain climbs, this type of snowshoe offers more traction, durability and security than gentle terrain models, so nothing comes apart miles from home.

    Select Rolling
  • Steep

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    In the steep terrain of high winter summits, your equipment can make the difference between a great afternoon and an epic event. Snowshoes for this arena come with near ice-climbing level crampons, bombproof bindings that will not slip, deck and frame materials that withstand repeated contact with rocks on windblown summits in below zero temperatures. For maximum efficiency on long climbs, they also have heel lifts.

    Select Steep

Do you have easy access to farm fields and park lands? Will you hike in the foothills among rolling terrain? Or are you planning a winter backpacking trip in the Adirondacks to climb Mount Marcy? There is a different snowshoe design for each of these terrain types. Choose the snowshoe designed for the terrain you will explore most often.

What Size do you Need?

  • Light

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    You will likely be traveling without a pack, or you are very light and will not have a lot in your pack. The smallest snowshoes for men typically support between 120-200 pounds, and are around 25 inches long. If you and your gear are at the top of this range, and you plan on going out in loosely packed snow, we recommend bumping up to the next frame size.

    Select Light
  • Medium

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    The sum total of you and your gear won’t be outrageously heavy, but you won’t be traveling super light either. Middle of the range snowshoes for men typically support between 170-250 pounds, and are around 30 inches long. If you and your gear are at the top of this range, and you plan on going out in loosely packed snow, bump up to the next frame size. If you are at the bottom and will be traveling on firm snow, bump down.

    Select Medium
  • Heavy

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    Your pack is full to the brim with gear, and you will need a lot of surface area under you to not post-hole through to the ground. The largest snowshoes for men can support over 220 pounds and are 36 inches long. If you are towards the bottom of the weight range, and will be traveling on firm snow, we recommend you bump down to a smaller frame size.

    Select Heavy

The combined weight of you and your gear directly determines the size you need. But, snow conditions also influence your size selection. The fluffy powder of interior regions is less supportive than the wet snow of coastal regions, so in fluffy snow you need a larger snowshoe than you do in wet snow. Most folks follow established trails and need snowshoes more for traction than flotation, whereas backcountry adventurers breaking trail might consider a larger size, especially if they are at the upper end of a weight range.

What Size do you Need?

  • Light

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    You will likely be traveling without a pack, or you are very light and will not have a lot in your pack. The smallest snowshoes for women typically support between 80-150 pounds, and are around 21 inches long. If you and your gear are at the top of this range, and you plan on going out in loosely packed snow, we recommend bumping up to the next frame size.

    Select Light
  • Medium

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    The sum total of you and your gear won’t be outrageously heavy, but you won’t be traveling super light either. Middle of the range snowshoes for women typically support between 120-200 pounds, and are around 25 inches long. If you and your gear are at the top of this range, and you plan on going out in loosely packed snow, bump up to the next frame size. If you are at the bottom and will be traveling on firm snow, bump down.

    Select Medium
  • Heavy

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    Your pack is full to the brim with gear, and you will need a lot of surface area under you to not post-hole through to the ground. The largest snowshoes for women can support up to 250 pounds and are 30 inches long. If you are towards the bottom of the range, and will be traveling on firm snow, we recommend you bump down to a smaller frame size.

    Select Heavy

The combined weight of you and your gear directly determines the size you need. But, snow conditions also influence your size selection. The fluffy powder of interior regions is less supportive than the wet snow of coastal regions, so in fluffy snow you need a larger snowshoe than you do in wet snow. Most folks follow established trails and need snowshoes more for traction than flotation, whereas backcountry adventurers breaking trail might consider a larger size, especially if they are at the upper end of a weight range.

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Kids

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! We offer a fantastic selection of kids’ snowshoes, but we won’t need to answer the other weight and terrain questions, as there are fewer variations. Kids’ snowshoes provide access to frozen natural playgrounds in a variety of winter landscapes from gentle to rolling.

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You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Men/Gentle/Light

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of guy who likes to travel light and keep it simple; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Men/Rolling/Light

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of guy who likes to travel light and traverse a variety of landscapes; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Men/Steep/Light

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of guy who likes to travel light and tackle challenging terrain; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Men/Gentle/Medium

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of guy who likes to carry what he needs and keeps it simple; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Men/Rolling/Medium

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of guy who likes to carry what he needs and traverse a variety of landscapes; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Men/Steep/Medium

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of guy who likes to carry what he needs and tackle challenging terrain; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Men/Gentle/Heavy

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! Grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Men/Rolling/Heavy

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! Grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Men/Steep/Heavy

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! Grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Woman/Gentle/Light

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of person who likes to travel light and keep it simple; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Woman/Rolling/Light

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of person who likes to travel light and traverse a variety of landscapes; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Woman/Steep/Light

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of person who likes to travel light and tackle challenging terrain; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Woman/Gentle/Medium

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of person who likes to carry what she needs and keep it simple; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Woman/Steep/Medium

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of person who likes to carry what she needs and tackle challenging terrain; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Woman/Gentle/Heavy

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of person who likes to pack it full to the brim and keep it simple; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Woman/Rolling/Heavy

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! Grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Woman/Steep/Heavy

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! Grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!

You Have Completed the EMS Snowshoe Finder!

Woman/Rolling/Medium

Thanks for using the EMS Snowshoe Finder! You’re the kind of person who likes to carry what she needs and traverse a variety of landscapes; grab your boots, clothes, and pack and get outside! Snowshoeing is a workout, so remember to wear wicking and breathable layers; wear just enough to stay warm, top it off with a wind layer, gloves and a hat, and keep a puffy insulated jacket in your daypack for rest breaks. Protect your boot laces from freezing and keep the snow out of your pants with a pair of gaiters, and take the strain off your hips and knees with a pair of trekking poles. Stay hydrated and warm up with an insulated bottle, and bring snacks so you don’t run out of energy. See you out there!

Take me to My Snowshoes!