It turns out you do need different snowshoes for racing

It turns out you do need different snowshoes for racing

Well as you probably know by now, I love snowshoeing, I do it pretty much every day, in fact once I finish writing this post I'm heading into the snowy mountains, during a storm, for my morning snowshoe.

While I love hiking, there's something about snowshoeing that adds an additional element of adventure that I just can't get enough of. One important note for anyone reading this - snowshoeing is quite a bit more dangerous than hiking because of avalanches, always make sure to check avalanche forecasts and avoid any avalanche-prone areas, it's just not worth the risk.

Okay so no let's talk about racing snowshoes. Yes, it's a thing, or at least there are snowshoes that are better for racing, as I learned circa last week. As you may or may not know, I'm doing my first snowshoe race on February 4th in Idaho. Having never been in a snowshoe race, I did some research and learned that people do use different snowshoes for these races and not surprisingly bias towards ultra-light snowshoes.

The snowshoes that everyone seems to recommend are the ones you see above - Crescent Moon ultra-light trail snowshoes. These are quite a bit lighter than the current snowshoes that I use today (MSR Revo Explore) and are shaped more like a traditional snowshoe with a back tail that comes to a point.

Here's the pitch from Crescent Moon on what makes these snowshoes so awesome:

Weight matters. That is why we created the Yellowstone 24.5 (previously Gold 12) snowshoe. Weighing only 1.65 pounds a shoe, the Yellowstone 24.5 will help you get away on packed trails, up ski runs, and across race courses. Past winner of the Winter Gear of the Year, we continue to improve them in our pursuit of a better time. The Yellowstone 24.5 has the same tear drop shaped frame made famous by our other award winning aluminum models, as well as an even lighter foot forming binding that holds your foot securely from top to bottom and front to back, from start to finish. We’ve replaced our stainless steel crampons with aluminum crampons to create the ultimate light weigh trail snowshoe. To keep your feet warm and dry, consider the neoprene booties that fit over your running shoes for complete comfort.

My MSR Revo Explore's weigh about two pounds each so they're also relatively light, but not as light, and they're much wider and more bulky. I think my new snowshoes should arrive this week so I'll report back on how they perform.

Right now for training I'm trying to snowshoe every single day but that's not always possible, especially weekend days where I tend to bias towards skiing. That being said, my goal is to get in 20-25 days of practice before the race and I've done seven days so far this year so it's still possible! On that note, I have to get out of here, the mountains are calling - time to strap on my snowshoes.