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Guide to Choosing the Ideal Snowshoe Size Based on Weight & Snow Type

Updated: Oct 30, 2023


When selecting snowshoes, it's crucial to consider your weight and intended use. Keep in mind that these recommendations are based on rounded figures and may vary slightly depending on snow conditions.

Very Small Child (2 to 6 years):

Recommended Size: 14 inches Maximum Weight: Less than 50 lb (22 kg)

Small Child (4 to 8 years):

Recommended Sizes: 16 - 17 inches Maximum Weight: Less than 75 lb (34 kg)

Child (7 to 14 years):

Recommended Sizes: 18 - 19 inches Trail Use: 50-90 lb (22 to 40 kg) Trail and Off-Trail Use: 50-65 lb (22 to 36 kg)

Child-Adolescent (8 years and older):

Recommended Size: 20 inches Trail Use: Max 125 lb (57 kg) Trail and Off-Trail Use: Max 100 lb (45 kg)

Adult-Adolescent:

Recommended Sizes: 21 - 22 inches Trail Use: 75 - 160 lb (35 to 72 kg) Trail and Off-Trail Use: 75 - 130 lb (35 to 60 kg)

Recommended Sizes: 24 - 25 inches Trail Use: 100-220 lb (44 to 100 kg) Trail and Off-Trail Use: 100 - 170 lb (44 to 77 kg) Off-Trail Use Only: 100-150 lb (44 to 68 kg)

Recommended Sizes: 27-29 inches Trail Use: 120 - 235 lb (55 to 106 kg) Trail and Off-Trail Use: 120 - 200 lb (55 to 90 kg) Off-Trail Use Only: 120 - 175 lb (55 to 80 kg)

Recommended Sizes: 30-31 inches Trail Use: 150 - 250 lb (68 to 115 kg) Trail and Off-Trail Use: 150 - 225 lb (68 to 100 kg) Off-Trail Use Only: 150 - 200 lb (68 to 90 kg)

Recommended Sizes: 34 - 35 inches Trail Use: 140 - 300 lb (68 to 135 kg) Trail and Off-Trail Use: 140 - 275 lb (68 to 125 kg)

Recommended Size: 36 inches (ultra-rugged) Trail and Off-Trail Use: 150 - 360 lb (72 to 165 kg)

Keep in mind that if the snow is packed (hard), you can opt for smaller snowshoes, while for deep and fluffy snow, a larger size is preferable. This way, you can enjoy your snowshoeing experience to the fullest while ensuring safety."

Guide to Snowshoe Selection: Weight and Usage Tips for the Perfect Fit in All Conditions.
Guide to Snowshoe Selection




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