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Snowshoes

Filed under: Hiking N Camping — Tags: , , — dynamodan @ 9:28 am January 21, 2009

Here are some snowshoes that I made.   They cost about $9 in new materials, and used some items from my existing inventory.  Yes, those are snowboard bindings.
Snowshoes constructed of steel tubing and LDPE, no, polypropylene

Here are some snowshoes that I made.   They cost about $9 in new materials, and used some items from my existing inventory, for example the low-density polyethylene, used for the webbing, came from a Sterilite brand 33-gallon tote.The LDPE is probably not the best material for sub-zero temps, but it works for now and gets me out into the woods.

Correction: It turned out that it’s not LDPE.  I saw upon closer inspection the triangular recycle logo on this plastic, with a 5 inside it and below the letters “PP”.  This means Polypropylene.

The webbing is laced to the frames using vinyl coated clothesline.  The tubing is 1/2″ EMT (electrical metallic tubing).  I already had the snowboard bindings, which prove ideal because they are 100% adjustable, and provide a very secure mount for the feet.  The bindings are mounted on plywood blocks and they pivot to allow a natural gait.

These snowshoes are not as light weight as aluminum ones, but they are very functional and I can even run in them.

Future enhancements include: steel cleat for ascending slopes, neoprene webbing, and new lacing (the present lacing is 10-year old clothesline in all its UV-scorched glory).  But we’ll see how they last as-is.

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