So Santa Claus got some snowshoes for both Zachary and Tristan … so I thought since we had a break from the usual busy hockey and other sports’ schedules this lovely Saturday that we could drive out to the country place … Turns out it was the right decision and the super sunny and relatively mild weather made it perfect for Tristan and I to explore the forest on my mom’s property. Tristan enjoyed trailblazing routes where it was a bit tougher for a 6’4+ father to crouch underneath.

He was particularly impressed with the steel rails on the MSR Shift snowshoes which make them pretty efficient for scrambling up steep pitches – and possibly escaping from the multitude of animals (bears, rabbits, deer and moose tracks according to Tristan, though I think the reality may be a bit less varied … who knows!)

The MSR Shift snowshoes ($89.95 regular price at most stores including Mountain Equipment CoopCabela’s CanadaSail and several others) are pretty well designed. The rep at Sail, where Santa Claus found them, recommended them because of the traction bars / rails which, in combination with the standard crampons at the front are good for traction both uphill and downhill.

They won’t provide serious floating in super powdery snow, but that’s balanced out by good agility and Tristan loves running in them.

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