Care & Maintenance

Traditional

Traditional snowshoes are made with natural products, wood and rawhide. With such product, a higher amount of maintenance is needed to make sure the snowshoes remain in good condition throughout the years.

  • They must be varnished regularly to prevent the hide from getting wet. If the lacing becomes limp and white after usage, it must be slowly dried far away from a direct heat source and then generously varnished with an exterior oil-based varnish. To ensure good protection, apply at least two coats on the hide and frame.
  • Never use linseed oil on the lacing. This will soften the rawhide and make it sag.
  • You must avoid letting wet lacing freeze, such as leaving them in the trunk of a car. Snowshoes should be stored in a cool dry space, sheltered from the sun and from rodents.

Hybrid

The hybrid snowshoes require very little mainmtenance.

  • When necessary, reapply a coat of exterior oil-based varnish to the frame.
  • After each use, the pivot and ratchet systems need to be inspected for accumulated dirt and debris. Clean if necessary.
  • They should be stored in a cool dry space, sheltered from the sun.

Aluminum

Aluminum snowshoes are practically maintenance free.

  • After each use, the pivot and ratchet systems need to be inspected for accumulated dirt and debris. Clean if necessary.
  • They should be stored in a cool dry space, sheltered from the sun.