The Correct Way to Put on Poles

As part of our snowshoe series today we're talking about the correct way to put on poles, now we typically publish our snowshoe post every Wednesday but today we're mixing things up just a little bit. It doesn't matter if your skiing, snowshoeing or even hiking, putting poles on properly can reduce wrist strain, muscle fatigue and even efficiency but the majority of people we see on the trails are wearing their poles incorrectly. The wrong way to put on poles is to attack them from the top, all that does is keep the strap from sliding off your hand.…

All About Snowshoe Poles

If you've been following our snowshoe series you may have noticed that we haven't discussed snowshoe poles yet! I have mixed feelings about snowshoe poles so we're going to spend a few weeks talking about them. Today we're  asking the question: "Do I really need them?" First, a little description of snowshoe poles. Snowshoe poles differ from regular old ski poles in that they have a telescoping shaft which allows the snowshoer to adjust the length of the pole. Think trekking pole only with a basket. The components are as follows: grips with straps, telescoping shaft, baskets which allow the…