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    maureen at |

    I just bought a pair of snow shoes (cheap) from odd lots. They are labeled L and measure 28″. The brand is “Thunder Bay” made in China. According to LLBean I should use a 25″ shoe. I’m 5’7 and weigh about 140. Should I keep these as I only use them a couple of times a year. I only paid 40.00 for them. I did notice that the spikes on the bottom are heavy duty plastic not metal but otherwise made quite sturdy. Should I keep???

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      Tim Jones at |

      Maureen,

      In our Advanced Snowshoe Techniques class, which we teach each year at the VOGA Doe Camp, we recommend buying larger snowshoes for off-trail travel. At your height and weight, a 28-inch shoe should be a good choice. My advice is to try them this winter and see how they work for you. That way, you’ll have a better idea of what you do want if and when you want to upgrade. With something that inexpensive, I’d be a bit concerned about quality and durability. The last thing you want is a broken snowshoe in deep snow out in the boonies, so do your testing where it’s easy to escape if something goes wrong and go with a companion as a safety precaution.

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