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I know, weird request, but I've been spending a bit more time in the snow this year and want to do some hiking while I'm up there. Brand new snowshoes can get pretty high up there in price, so I'm checking to see if anybody has a pair laying around they'd like to sell or trade for something. These will also be a great addition to the Jeep's "reading for anything" expedition kit. :cheesy: Snow's not going to be around for much longer....so who's willing to part with a set of snowshoes? Also might be interested in trekking poles.
 

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backcounty.com is a good place to find some gear in the clearance section.

Also gear trade is another website that I believe is ran by backcountry. They do have new shoes at a relatively cheap price. http://www.geartrade.com/browse/116/793
 

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Ryan-stop by cabelas and get the outfitter set. My wife and Izhave really liked ours. Shexwasxout yesterday on them in fact. We have a lot of miles on them, made by atlas. New for about $150 and often on sale for considerably less. Costco also has a decent set with poles for about $100. If we go wheeling-I'll bring mine (cabelas ones).
 

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A friend called me two weeks ago and asked if I'd be interested in going snowshoeing. I said "SURE, why not!!"

New Years eve Day, we went up to Snoqualmie Pass. (in his Hemi Durango)

He borrowed a pair of these from a friend, for me to use:
(he had an identical pair)

http://cascadedesigns.com/msr/snowshoes/trek/evo/product



If you look at the top shoe in the photo, the one where you see the bottom, you can see it has a pivot point. The binding pivots on that, so you walk normally since your foot pivots on the actual traction piece (the body of the snow shoe). The little gripper piece below your toe bites in as you take each step, which made it very easy to walk up hill on a compacted hiking / cross country ski trail.

Sportco in Fife sells them. They are super light weight and work very well for going up hill, which was the terrain going out from where we parked. We took the Gold Creek exit off I-90 (just west of the Hyak exit).

MSR makes them, and they are kind of geared towards varying terrain and the wet snow on the west side of the state, which long time Washingtonians call "Cascade Concrete" . :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

They aren't exactly cheap, but they sure worked well. It was very easy to walk in them as well.
 

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Thanks guys, lots of great ideas and places to start my search. I checked into the ones at Costco, but they only had the kids version left. I'll see what Cableas has since I live 10 minutes down the road from there. I'll also have a look at the backcountry site and see what kind of deals can be had. Don't want to spend too much just yet...wanna see if I even like it, but I'm sure I will.
 

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Thanks guys, lots of great ideas and places to start my search. I checked into the ones at Costco, but they only had the kids version left. I'll see what Cableas has since I live 10 minutes down the road from there. I'll also have a look at the backcountry site and see what kind of deals can be had. Don't want to spend too much just yet...wanna see if I even like it, but I'm sure I will.
What were they too big?
 

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Ready for the genius suggestion: Walmart.

We have four pair of snowshoes. The Walmart ones I got last year are my go-to shoes for deep powder all over our property. For like $70, they'll do what you want with a decent clip system without breaking the bank.
 

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:laugh: MTDIRK, yes, way too big

Dale, excellent suggestion...never thought about that. Both Cabelas and Walmart are near me so I'll check them out!
 

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Not knowing if you would like snow shoeing, I would start by renting various models to find the right shoe. There are many places in CO to rent them so I'm guessing you should be able to find a store nearby you also. REI has a good selection.

Like Dale has already pointed out, WalMart might be a place to look. I known Sam's had a starter kit for approx. $99 including poles.

We went with MSR Lightning Ascent. Great snow shoes.
 

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I went to WalMart today, they didn't have any. I went to Cabelas and they had some starting at $140 and went up from there. I didn't see any guide or suggestion on where to find the right snowshoe for the user. I saw weight charts and which type of snow the shoes were good for.

I really like the MSR ones I keep seeing and love the fact that you can get away with the small, lighter, shorter shoe and then add the tail for the different conditions. It's like a 2 in 1 snowshoe...but it all comes at a price. Off to do much more research on the internet and look at some youtube videos.
 

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Dale, I'll snowshoe my way to you.....going to pack my gear right now, see you in October....2012
 

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Not sure if you have a Sam's Club close by but they have the starter kit, shoes, poles, bag on sale for $70.
 

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Checked Amazon, and Sam's Club is about 40 mintues from me. Buy.com....I'll have a look. Really leaning towards the MSR/Cascade Design ones, and of course they have to be some of the most expensive one's out there. But they are SUPER nice and I own alot of other MSR gear and it's all top notch, works really well, and is made local to me, in Seattle.
 
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