I have never owned a pair of snowshoes, so I was wondering what I should be looking for. I got a flyer from Kahtoola, and they have a set that looks interesting to me. It starts with a set of crampons that attach to your boots that you can use with or without the snow shoes. then they just snap into the snowshoes when you want to wear them. The spring loaded connector though has me a little concerned.
But back to my main question. what do I look for in a snowshoe? I weigh about 195 and am 6 foot. I want something to carry as a backup to my crampons when hill hiking in the winter. I would also like to have them when I am snow machining. The one sold at Costco type stores look really heavy...my guess is these are the low end models. I would guess the bindings, or way to attach, is the most important factor. Cleats would be tne next important for hiking in the hills where ther is ice. but what about floatation? What size, they seem to come in lengths from about 24 inches to 36 inches?
I appreciate any suggestions on what to look for.