Trying to figure out what size snowshoes you need? Here’s the lowdown on getting the right fit for your snowshoes. The better your snowshoes fit, the more fun you’ll have tromping around in the snow!
Finding the Best Fit
Snowshoes are divided into general categories for men, women, and children. Women’s snowshoes are shorter and more narrow than men’s to account for their shorter stride. Men’s snowshoes are slightly longer and wider to handle more weight.
The most common length for women’s snowshoes is between 21 and 25 inches. For men, it’s between 30 and 36 inches. Smaller sizes are available for youth.
Snowshoe Sizing Chart
Since everyone’s size and body structure is different, it’s also helpful to choose a snowshoe size based on your weight. Your total weight should include the weight of any gear you’re carrying, especially if you’re backpacking.
|Snowshoe Sizing Chart|
|Weight (including gear)||Snowshoe Size|
|75 – 140 lbs.||8″ x 21″|
|120 – 180 lbs.||8″ x 25″|
|160 – 220 lbs.||9″ x 30″|
|Over 200 lbs.||10″ x 36″|
Types of Terrain
Another point to consider when choosing snowshoes is what type of terrain you plan to conquer. Larger snowshoes float better in deep powder and for blazing your own trail, but the tradeoff is less maneuverability. Smaller snowshoes are better for turning. They’re also easier to handle on steep slopes or in wet snow.