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Snowshoeing boots?

Postby Ulysses » Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:57 pm

Looking for some guidance on gear for snowshoeing in the San Jacintos. I'm optimistic that we'll get some snow this season, and I've read many of the other board members great trip reports in the past so I've decided this is the year I'm going to try snowshoeing. From what I've read the MSR Lightning Ascent seems to be the favored snow shoe for the steep terrain in this area. What about a boot? Most likely I would be starting on the south side of the mountain at Deer Springs where I would be on dirt for the approach. Do most folks use a full mountaineering boot or just a waterproof hiking boot? Do you recommend a boot that is crampon compatible? Any suggestions for a boot?
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Re: Snowshoeing boots?

Postby 2600fromatari » Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:17 pm

Ulysses, a mountaineering boot made for semi or auto crampons isn't needed for snowshoeing. You'll do fine with a waterproof hiking boot. When it gets to the point that I need snowshoes, I do throw on a pair of mountaineering boots for no other reason than it's usually warmer than your average hiking boots. All else being equal, the stiffer boot will of course have less chance of popping out of the bindings. I also recommend the MSRs. I also have some gigantic 3 ft long Red Feather snowshoes but I've only used them during that great winter/spring we had in 2010/2011.
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Re: Snowshoeing boots?

Postby Ulysses » Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:56 am

Thanks 2600fromatari. I think I'd like to have a pair of mountaineering boots for the versatility, but there seems to be a big difference in the price.
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