About Snowshoes

The first snowshoe was created thousands of years ago as an essential tool for our ancestors to traverse their wintry environs. The materials and designs may have changed from the original wood and rawhide, but snowshoes are still a vital tool for winter work and play. 
ALPTREK snowshoes are designed to take your hiking experience into the winter months with ease. ALPTREK snowshoe kits come with a set of snowshoes, a carry case, and aluminum quick lock trekking poles with rubber tips, snow baskets, and mud baskets. 
 

Easy-Pull Bindings

Featured on the ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit

The ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit features easy-pull bindings that offer simple tightening and quick adjustment on the trail. 

The bindings also feature quick-release heel straps and a pivoting axle system.

 

Quick-Fit Bindings

Featured on the ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit HD

The ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit HD features upgraded quick-fit bindings with a ratchet locking system. The Quick-Fit Bindings allow for a wide range of adjustments to ensure that every hiker can find their perfect fit. 

The bindings also feature quick-release heel straps and a pivoting axle system.

 

Integrated Heel Lift

Included on all ALPTREK snowshoes

The integrated heel lift alleviates calf strain and fatigue on steeper inclines. If you are snowshoeing up a steep incline, you will benefit from the comfort and efficient functioning of this helpful feature. To use, simply pull up on the rubber pull tab until it clicks into place. Now the heel of your foot will rest on the heel lift as you hike up the incline.

Quick Lock

Trekking Poles

Included with all ALPTREK snowshoes

Trekking poles provide support when hiking, walking or backpacking through various environments and surfaces. Each set of ALPTREK Snowshoes comes with a pair of Aluminum Quick Lock Trekking Poles and a variety of accessories to make treks in the mountains safer and more enjoyable.

Shaft Material

ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit

6061 Aluminum

ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit HD

7075 Aluminum

Locking Mechanism

ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit

Quick Lock

ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit HD

Quick Lock

Included Accessories

Large Baskets - for soft or slushy snow

 

Small Baskets - for hard packed snow, sand and other soft surfaces

Grip Material

ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit

EVA Foam

ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit HD

EVA Foam

Weight per Pole

ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit

275 g / 9.7 oz

ALPTREK Snowshoe Kit HD

266 g / 9.4 oz

 
 

Snowshoe FAQ

Does it matter which foot I use the snowshoe in?


ALPTREK snowshoes are right and left specific. Look for the Left and Right indicator on the pull tab of the heel lift.




How do you use the heel lift and what is it for?


The integrated heel lift alleviates calf strain and fatigue on steeper inclines. If you are snowshoeing up a steep incline, you’ll benefit from the comfort and efficient functioning of this helpful feature. To use, simply pull up on the rubber pull tab until it clicks into place. Now the heel of your foot will rest on the heel lift as you hike up the incline.




How do you tighten the straps of the ALPTREK Binding?


(Follow these instructions if the shoe is on the correct foot as described above.) • Tighten the straps by pulling the brightly colored rubber grip inwards until comfortable • To loosen, locate the smaller strap attached to the brightly colored binding tabs. Pull this smaller strap outwards.




What kind of shoes should I wear for snowshoeing?


We recommend using a stable, insulated, waterproof hiking boot when snowshoeing.




Can I use ski boots or snowboard boots with the snowshoe?


Ski boots are too large to use with the snowshoes. Typical snowboard boots up to size 12 will likely fit in either binding type. For larger shoe sizes, we recommend ordering an Extended Heel Strap.




Are these Men's or Women's snowshoes


They are unisex, just choose the proper load weight for your adventures.




Do I have to use trekking poles while snowshoeing?


No. Trekking poles are recommended for increased balance and stability.




How do I store my snowshoes and poles?


The included carry bag is large enough to hold everything included in the Snowshoe Kit. Start by laying one snowshoe on top of the other and put them into the bag with the toe pointed into the bag first. Then place your trekking poles and accessories in.




Does the storage bag lock?


The storage bag zippers are not explicitly designed to lock, but a small luggage lock or zip tie can be used.




What is the difference between the Snowshoe Kit and Snowshoe Kit HD


Our Snowshoe Kit includes everything you need to get out on the wintry trails. High-quality aluminum-framed snowshoes provide flotation though an HDPE deck and feature easy-pull bindings and integrated heel lifts. For stability, we have also included sturdy aluminum trekking poles will accessories. Everything in the Snowshoe Kit fits nicely inside the handy carry bag. The Snowshoe Kit HD is for the showshoer who wants to take their winter adventures to the next level. We upgraded the snowshoe frames and trekking pole shafts to 7075 aluminum (the Snowshoe Kit is made of 6061 aluminum), which makes them both stronger and lighter than the standard versions. In addition, we swapped in a quick-fit binding that is easier to get in and out of, and to adjust on the trail.




I am in between sizes, what size should I choose?


We understanding picking your snowshoes size can be a bit confusing. Below are some questions we have received from customers. Follow these examples to help make your choice a little easier. Size is based solely on the weight. So if the total load weight is 150 and you are 6 feet tall or 5 feet tall you would use the same size shoe. Person A: I weigh 190 Pounds, gear (boots, pack, clothing) weighs 15 Pounds, for a Total Load Weight of 205 Pounds. I am 6'4" and shoe size is 12. Choose: 930 Person B: I weigh 160 Pounds, gear (boots, pack, clothing) weighs 20 Pounds, for a Total Load Weight of 180 Pounds. I am 6'4" and shoe size is 13. Choose: 825 + Extended Heel Strap Person C: I weigh 140 Pounds, gear (boots, pack, clothing) weighs 15 Pounds, for a Total Load Weight of 155 Pounds. I am 5'4" and shoe size is 8. Choose: 825 Person D: I weigh 130 Pounds, gear (boots, clothing, pack) weighs 10 Pounds, for a Total Load Weight of 140 Pounds. I am 5'6" and shoe size is 8. Choose: 821





 

Trekking Pole FAQ

The lock on my pole isn’t holding, so my pole is slipping. How do I correct that?


Unlatch each of the quick locks and tighten the thumb screw to the point that it is difficult to close the quick lock. If the thumb screw is too loose, even if the lock seems to be holding, under extended use or sudden downward force on the pole, the sections may slip – make sure your locks are secure before using them. Periodically, check your quick locks to make sure they haven’t loosened. When storing your poles, some folks like to release the lock to relieve pressure on the components – just make sure you secure all parts so that you don’t lose a section on the trail!!




What is the best way to use the strap?


Here is the recommended use of the strap and grip. If you need to lengthen or shorten the strap, you can pull the plastic wedge out slightly and then tug on the loose end to shorten the loop or pull on one side of the loop to shorten it. Firmly replace the wedge when you are done to hold it in place. The first time you pull the wedge out, you may need a tool since they have been firmly inserted in the manufacturing process.




Do I need tips on my pole?


For most uses, no tips are needed. By design, the carbide tip is there to provide greater grip on most surfaces, tips defeat that purpose, in general. The rubber tip that comes on the pole protected the carbide tip during shipping. It is generally not advised to use the rubber tip as it will wear out quickly. The sand/mud basket is helpful in deep sand or mud but for general use is not needed and only adds weight. The snow baskets are for use when walking in snow or snowshoeing. Do not use your trekking poles for skiing, either alpine or Nordic.




What height do I adjust my poles to?


In general, adjust the sections equally so that when your arm is at rest by your side, your elbow is held at a 90-degree angle when holding the grip. For extended uphill, some people shorten the pole or you can simply use the lower part of the pole grip. Our poles can be extended to 54” from 26”.




How do I walk with trekking poles?


There isn’t a great way to explain this as it is a matter of personal preference and use. In general, note how your arms normally swing when walking – you are going to use the poles the same way. Some people use them in a single motion when climbing steep hills or steep descents. There are some great videos online as well.




I pulled a section of my pole past the STOP mark and it came completely out! Did I break my pole?


No – this is a surprisingly common mistake. You can gently reinsert the section into the pole, taking care with the inner mechanisms!




Can I put my pole in my carry-on baggage?


You can take the three sections of the pole apart and place crosswise in a checked suitcase if they are too long to fit a small suitcase. At your destination, gently reassemble the poles, taking care with the inner mechanisms! As of this writing, TSA does not allow trekking poles in carry on luggage. There is an exclusion if the poles are used for stability but you will need to research this.




Can I use my poles for skiing or tent poles or other uses rather than trekking?


There is a simple answer to this – NO. Our trekking poles are designed for trekking and not for the excessive torque that skiing puts on a pole that can break or collapse under that kind of pressure. We do not warranty the poles for this use.




Why use trekking poles?


Trekking poles are an essential tool for hiking and mountaineering. Trekking poles allow your arms and core to help propel you forward and upward – climbing unnaturally high steps, crossing fallen trees, fording streams, slippery logs or bridges, etc. Use your poles to probe uncertain terrain, even getting into that alpine lake for a swim. Poles reduce the impact and fatigue on your legs, knees, ankles, and feet. The greatest benefit is when going downhill – the poles can slow your descent and save your knees from excessive and repetitive impact. Walking with poles can help you establish and maintain a consistent rhythm, which may increase your speed. This is especially true on flat terrain. Trekking poles are great for all ages – poles provide wonderful stability for any age and level of health and for crossing all types of surfaces – mud, snow, ice. Neighborhood dog annoying you? Use your pole to keep him a safe distance from you (or larger or menacing wild life out on the trails!) Trekking poles can also double as a medical splint.




I’ve broken part of my trekking pole – how can I get a replacement?


We offer a 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty on all of our products. Contact us at customercare@alptrekgear.com and we will get you back on the trail.




How do I attach my snow baskets to my trekking pole?


Insert the tip of the trekking pole into the hole in the middle of the snow baskets. Twist the snow baskets onto the threads on the trekking pole tip in a clockwise direction until it is completely screwed on. Test the security of your snow basket by attempting to pull them off. The snow baskets should stay securely on the tip of the trekking pole when light pressure is applied. Remove the snow baskets by twisting them in a counter-clockwise direction and pulling off of the trekking pole tip. Follow these same instructions for the mud baskets.