OK, so I live in the north. We have long winters. I needed to find something to do outside last year, so I didnt go crazy. I found out how to Snowshoe. I never thought i owuld like this, but its actually a lot of fun.
My mom owns this particular pair, and I plan to get my own for the winter this year. My mom has a few different pairs, so I got to try them all. The less money you spend ona pair, you can definetly tell.
First thing is, you dont want them to sink into the snow. That makes it hard to get your feet out, and actually walk. Some of the lesser models dont have quite the covering, making it hard to get out of the snow.
These are an upper range model, and can handle some of the softer snow, that you normally would sink into. This made it nice to walk. This model is constructed for women. We have a shorter stride (sometimes) than men, and these are narrower, and a bit shorter, for the shorter srtide, making it super easy to keep walking.
These are very sturdy, not easy to bend, if you walk across a log (which happens if they are burried in the snow). My mom has had these for 2 years, and there isnt anything wrong with them, they have held up well.
I also really liked the fact that the back doesnt sink into the snow, so when you walk, you dont have snow flipping over your abck, and hitting you in the head. The lesser models sometimes do this, and it makes for an aggravating walk, dodging flying snow at your head.
I didnt think I would like snowshoe-ing, but its a lot of fun, when you have the right product. If I only was able to try the older version of the shoes, I think I wouldnt have liked it as much.