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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Any winter gear under your tree?
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:34:25 am »
Thanks for the site SupGen. Great price. Yea as you know these mukluks do not come with liners. Using some out of my Sorels for now.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Any winter gear under your tree?
« on: December 26, 2013, 08:03:56 pm »
Bought myself some USAF green mukluks. I like them. They got here on Tuesday, so just in time. Hope all is well with all of you. Happy Holidays.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: New Surplus Mukluks
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:50:20 pm »
Just a question on the USAF Green Canvas Mukluks. Ordered a pair and they just came in today. I love them, they are so light weight. Using my Sorel liners in them for now. The canvas appears to be treated with some water repellent and seems good for now. Do they need to be treated with something in the future, if so what?

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Repair Kit
« on: December 21, 2013, 08:19:45 pm »
Back when I did more xc skiing I used to bring the works: army surplus aluminum ski tip, extra bail for the pole, small piece of sheet metal and hose clamp for pole repair, screw drivers, wax of various kinds, cordage, and of course duct tape. Now that I do more snowshoeing, I don't bring much at all. Mostly duct tape and cordage.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Tubular nylon vs monoline
« on: December 21, 2013, 08:03:34 pm »
Just a thought on the monoline, what happens if you break one of the strands, does the whole thing come unraveled? I broke a spot on the tubular nylon once and no big deal since the webbing is all glued together with varnish. Fixed it when I got back home.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Making snowshoes with kiln dried wood.
« on: December 13, 2013, 10:56:12 pm »
Just wondering if anyone has made traditional snowshoes with kiln dried wood. I have done it with ash and have had to boil the wood for about 3hrs, not steam it. I tried a steam box, but it just broke too much wood. Anyone else have experience with this?

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Tubular nylon vs monoline
« on: December 13, 2013, 10:47:36 pm »
I have laced about a dozen pair of shoes with tubular nylon. I like it, it is easy to work with and does have great floatation and strength, and I like the traditional look of it. I have to admit I do not even know what monoline is???

The problem I have had with solid decked modern snowshoes is that once the snowshoe goes down in the powdery snow, all that snow falls on the deck and when your foot lifts it up, it acts like a shovel and you are lifting the weight of all that snow. Traditional snowshoes use a webbed decking that allows the snow to fall through the openings, but still create floatation.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Ojibway Snowshoes in deep dry snow
« on: December 13, 2013, 10:35:19 pm »
I have snowshoed in 3-4ft of high elevation powder, where if you got off the shoes you would sink to the waste. I have found the Ojibways sink at the toe. The front will dive into the snow when walking, because you are thrusting your foot forward. You can never keep the shoe level, very uncomfortable. The only snowshoe that works, IMHO, in this type of snow is the Alaskan model. It has a big wide toe and will not sink. The shoe stays level, although it will sink down about a foot.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: lacing for Ojibway snowshoes
« on: December 13, 2013, 10:27:19 pm »
I have always used the tubular webbing. I think it comes in 1/2, 3/8, and 1/4 inch. I was always afraid that too tight of a weave will hold too much snow lifting the shoe up.

I have several different kinds of traditional snowshoes: Green Mountain Bear paw, Alaskan, Ojibway, (Maine, Michigan), I think that is it. For deep snow nothing beats the Alaskans. For fast open ground travel I prefer the Ojibway. For brush and camp work the bear paws. And if I had to pick just one, the Maine, Michigan.

I also love my xc skis. I did that for many years before I made any snowshoes. I love both now.

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