While snowshoeing shares many similarities with summer hiking, it does require some different gear. Our packing list will ensure that you have everything you need to stay warm and get the most out of your next snowshoeing adventure.
|Snowshoes (Men's)||Crescent Moon Silver 9 Snowshoes||This local Colorado company makes the best snowshoes around. They are lightweight, comfortable, and durable.|
|Snowshoes (Women's)||Crescent Moon Silver 13 Women's Snowshoes||This women's-specific model is engineered for the female body to make walking in them feel more natural.|
|Men's Snow Boots||Salomon Men's X Ultra Winter Boots||Ian has used and loved his Salomon winter boots for over 10 years! They still keep his feet warm and dry.|
|Women's Snow Boots||Sorel Women's Caribou Boots||These boots are comfortable enough to hike in all and stylish enough to wear into town at night.|
|Baselayer||SmartWool Merino 150 Baselayer- Long Sleeve||These shirts are expensive, but they are truly amazing! Always warm, not too hot, never smelly, and they last for years!|
|Gaiters||Outdoor Research Men's Rocky Mountain High Gaiters||High-quality gaiters are an essential piece of snowshoeing equipment for keeping your feet warm and dry. These gaiters stay firmly in place and they are completely waterproof.
Smaller women: Be sure to buy the women's-specific model, as the men's may be too large.
|Ski Goggles||Bolle Mojo Snow Goggles||These offer much-appreciated protection from the wind, snow, and sun.|
|Snow Baskets (for hiking poles)||Kelty Snow Baskets||Poles offer great stability and support when hiking on deep or slippery snow/ice. These inexpensive baskets will keep your poles from slicing all the way through the snow.|
|Hydration Bladder||CamelBak Unisex Crux Hydration Reservoir- 1.5L||While not a necessity, a bladder will allow you to drink frequently without having to stop hiking and take off your gloves to open a water bottle. It also keeps your water from freezing, since it's kept warmer near your body and inside your pack.|
|Down Jacket||Patagonia Down Sweater||Super warm when you need it, and perfectly packable and lightweight for when you don't.|
|Fleece Jacket||Marmot Norhiem Women's Sweater Knit Fleece Jacket||This is the perfect mid-layer. It adds a lot of warmth without being too bulky.|
|Glove Liners||Seirus 2116 Innovation Heatwave Glove Liner||Sure, these shiny silver liners look a little silly, but they work! They add quite a bit of warmth, while being thin and flexible underneath your heavier outer gloves.|
|Gloves||Hestra Fall Line Leather Gloves||These are the warmest, most flexible gloves around. Well worth the money!|
|Hat and/or Ear Warmer||The North Face Triple Cable Pom Beanie||This hat is warm and cozy, stays in place on your head, and looks great.|
|Snacks||Bananas, peanut butter, dried fruit, and nuts all make great fuel|
|Thermos of Hot Cocoa or Coffee||Trust us, you'll be glad you brought it.|