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Durable plastic snowshoe decking material.
Polyurethane decking material used by Tubbs.
The harness that attaches your foot to the snowshoe.
Toothed traction devices on the underside of the snowshoe, also
referred to as cleats. May be at the toe, under the ball of the
foot or at the heel.
Flat surface of the snowshoe that allows you to walk on top of
the snow by spreading your weight over a greater surface area.
Made of synthetic materials (or rawhide lacing on older models.
Fixed Toe Cord
Attachment point of the binding to the snowshoe that does not
pivot but rather springs back up with each step. Usually made
of neoprene, Hypalon or some other synthetic material.
The ability of the snowshoe to keep you and your gear on top of
The aluminum or wooden outer edge of the snowshoe to which the
decking is attached.
| Rubber material used for snowshoe decking. It's very durable
and flexible (it's also commonly used for rafts).
The point under the ball of the foot at which the binding is attached
to the snowshoe.
Rotating Toe Cord
Attachment point of the binding to the snowshwoe; it pivots on
a metal rod so that the snowshoe tail drags or tracks behind as
Stopping your fall by planting your ice axe into the hillside
with body weight over the axe.
Preventing yourself from falling by planting and hanging on to
your ice axe as you walk; catching a slip.
Poles with large-diameter baskets for walking on powder snow.
Ski or trekking poles also work, but you may want to put larger
snow baskets on trekking poles.
Method of ascending a steep snow slope by kicking toes into the
snow, creating steps.
Same as the pivot point, above.
Crossing a slope with one shoulder on the uphill side, the other,
on the downhill.
Snowshoe design in which the frame tapers at the tail for better
Oblong snowshoe shape with rounded tails; common shape of aluminum-frame