When native North American tribes created them decades ago, snowshoes were designed for travel. They were long and wide (as they still are today) to provide the wearer with a platform that would prevent him or her from sinking into deep snow, making winter travel faster and less strenuous. The modern application of snowshoes is perhaps more aligned with sport than necessity, but they’re still built with that same concept, and thanks to the availability of strong and lightweight materials, they’re better than ever.
One company that’s taking a unique approach to snowshoes is Fimbulvetr. Based in Norway, the company minimizes the number of pieces that go into each shoe by constructing the main platform from molded Hytrel thermoplastic elastomer, a lightweight plastic with exceptional cold resistance. It also developed a binding and hinge system that provides a more comfortable and natural feel when walking, and makes its snowshoes easy to repair (plus, they look pretty damn cool).
Fimbulvetr’s snowshoes are high-end and come with a price to match, but right now Backcountry is offering 20-percent off one full-priced piece of camping or climbing gear, and these innovative Norwegian winter walkers are included in that collection. To apply the discount, use the code Take20CC at checkout.
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