*Snow Shoe Basics*
Snowshoes have been around for hundreds of years and they are one thing that will never go away. Here's an article that shows how to make them from PVC pipe.
My snowshoes have been in the family for years. Probably since before PVC was ever thought of. The binders are made of leather.
Made of wood, leather and hide
They work on the simple principle of weight displacement. Instead of your body weight only being distributed to the surface area the size of your feet, they create a much larger surface area. Therefore it's easier to walk through the snow. If the snow is crusty often times they allow the user to walk on top, if the snow is powdery they'll sink in some, but still are much better than regular boots.
No, I don't have them on backwards; one has warped over the years. They are ambidextrous.
As they move through the snow, the tails help when you pick your foot up for the next step. As the toe comes out of the snow and up for the next step, the tails help guide the shoe upward and give a bit of support to the back of your foot.
With snowshoes on, the wearer can't step backwards. The tail will dig in and you will go flat on your @$$. To turn around just pick left or right and start side stepping and turning, one foot at a time. You can see below where I turned to the left
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