Anyone tried MYOG snowshoes?

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by tom, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Just thinking... Has anyone ...? The classic historical models look quite straightforward in design (and much prettier than the modern things). Bamboo and Dyneema string for strenght and weight perhaps?
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Only a rough pair from spruce branches and sash window cord, lasted all of five steps before they fell apart :)
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  3. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    I've made couple of pairs in the field, but nothing that can be regarded as keepers. :)

    I do keep meaning to make a proper pair....nothing touches trad wood shoes for lightweight but I've resisted as the toothed bottoms on my MSR's have been quite handy on icy stuff.
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  4. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Section Hiker

    The advantage of modern snowshoes over traditional is that they have hinged foot plates, front and side crampons and heel lifts for more relaxed climbing.

    Some even have add-on deck sections for better flotation.
  5. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Your right, modern metal or plastic shoes do have some advantages over trad. They certainly bit into ice and hard crust very well. My MSR's have a metal bar that clips up and holds the heel up for steep ascents, saving calves. They also have a fully toothed frame which offer a huge amount more grip than anything else I've tried.

    They have marked weakenesses too though, that trad snowshoes can avoid very well;
    Modern shoes are very noisy.
    Ice builds up between foot and footplate on the metal parts, it needs smashing off regularly.
    They can catch each other with the metal spikes.
    They are much heavier than a good pair of trads, and can start to break when the temps really plummet.
    Those extension bars upset the weight balance, causing the nose to dive and the heels to drag.

    Trad snowhoes can be silent, release snow much better, be very lightweight and have much better flotation.

    These hybrids look a nice middleground IME. Low maintenance, plenty of grip, low weight, nice easy to walk in shape;

    The joinery wouldn't be too hard and it' would lend itself well to Tom's idea of using modern materials with trad.
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  6. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    The modern stuff is sort of ok for day walks or treks you expect to use them all the way but not for longer hikes when I'll only use them on and off. And there is research that weight carried on feet is far more tiring than weight carried further up (the constant lifting I think).

    As for grip, I thought Ruta Locura ti crampons might work nicely with homemade showshoes...

    Inflatable is obvious option too (packrafting technology??). I had seen some unconvincing canadian inflatable shoeshoes years ago but a new search brought this newer small foot design up.
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  7. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Thats a beauty...

    Also - soft materials ball less than rigid ones. Ikea bag fabric ??
    Closed foam pipe insulation to in increase surface of outer frame ???
  8. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Inflatables. :roflmao:

    Bagsy to blow them up again after walking through Dog turd?

    Ikea bag fabric is about as tough and hardwearing as the toast I've just eaten. :)
    Pipe insualtion will cut to pieces at about the same time as the Ikea bag fabric tears.
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  9. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    The old yellow ikea bags used to be indestructible - are they cost cutting now? Not been there for years :(

    Pipe insulation inside fabric sleeves ... :)

    No dogs allowed in alpine national parks thank goodness :rolleyes:

    But seriously - the reviews are not bad for these small foot ones. The Canadian ones never really took off which didn't surpise me
  10. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

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  11. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Are the army ones any good?
  12. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Lots of different army ones. The small white Nato's aren't, the Atlas 1230 are v good.
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  13. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    +1 to that, had both...... the latter to replace the former.
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  15. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    If ye leaned forward & kinda skated in those inflatables, reckon ye'd make it across a small lake?
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  16. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    @Padstowe - I'll let you know :D Just ordered a pair of their model for steep alpine use this morning on a good deal :) ...might need to loose a few kilos first to walk on water :rolleyes:
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  17. Piiber Teravhammas

    Piiber Teravhammas Trail Blazer

    I have a pair of MSR Lightning Ascents and my impressions so far are:
    1. They feel clumsy at first but once You get used to them (like 10 minutes or so), You can manouver through thick forest with ease.
    2. They make You feet heavier but the point that weight carried on back is lighter than on foot is invalid if the snow is kneedeep and the surface under is uneven. Even if the snow is only ankle deep, they can be useful if the ground is icy or wet. I just remember the taste of blood in my mouth when I was the only one who showed up without skis or snowshoes...
    3. Televators actually work

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