On The Slopes: Snowshoeing

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If you're looking to take a day off from skiing or snowboarding, how about snowshoeing. As the saying goes, "If you can walk, you can snowshoe." The learning curve is much shorter than that of skiing or snowboarding. Snowshoeing extends your hiking or running season into winter. It's inexpensive and all you really need is appropriate footwear, preferably insulated and waterproof. Layered clothing, so you can adjust to your activity level and weather. And snowshoes.

The MSR Revo Explore snowshoe is a recreational snowshoe that features the new Hyperlink ratchet binding system. This makes putting the snowshoe on much easier and faster than the old four plastic strap binding systems used on other snowshoes. The Revo Explore has a wraparound metal frame with teeth to provide extra traction. The Revo Explore Snowshoe also features lightweight plastic decking that is riveted to the frame, which flares out in front of the toes to provide better flotation on the snow. The front of the decking is curved upwards, which allows for easier walking over level terrain. The televators, which are wire bails that flip under your heel and lift, are easily lifted with your hand or tip of your pole. This allows for easy snowshoeing up a hill. The Revo Explore is perfect for most conditions you'll encounter including snow or ice.

On that trek, a lightweight pack is ideal to store your lunch, drink extra clothes and more.

The Targhee 32 pack from Gregory is lightweight at just 4 pounds. It's ideal for the backcountry whether skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing. It has 1 pocket dedicated to snow safety gear, 1 oversized top accessory and goggle and 1 internal security pocket. The Targhee 32 is equipped with Gregory's Fusion Flex suspension for lightweight efficiency and uphill-specific support. Snow shedding materials prevent it from soaking up excess moisture during inclement winter conditions. The Targhee 32 pack carries everything you need without weighing you down with unnecessary bulk or unneeded features. The hydration compatible design with insulated sleeve allows a clean look fed through the sleeve. There's a stow able mesh helmet carry strap and the backpack is versatile enough that it has a stow able diagonal ski carry straps or the option for stow able vertical snowboard or snowshoe carry straps. Get out there and enjoy the winter outdoors while it lasts.

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