That's the truth. Years ago after a lot of snow, I bought an Ojibwa type of assemble-them-yourself kit from Country Ways and enjoyed weaving the laces myself to make them. I went with the Ojibwa after researching snowshoes and found that these pointed type snowshoes were the easiest to walk in the woods or brush with over the rounded front type.I have a set of atlas snow shoes, they take some getting used to. You will need poles too, as it is pretty much impossible to get up on them if you fall without poles. If you do get a set, calculate what your total weight would be with all your gear and buy accordingly. Walking in them takes some getting used to, but it sure beats post-holing and getting snow in your boots
I've owned about every style of snowshoe made except for the Ojibwa and I will have a pair. I think the design is the most practical of the bunch but they tend to be the hardest to find. Personally, I wouldn't mess with snowshoes unless there was close to two feet of snow on the ground.I went with the Ojibwa after researching snowshoes and found that these pointed type snowshoes were the easiest to walk in the woods or brush with over the rounded front type.
The terrain I am in is all pretty flat. From our recent snow, then melting, and refreezing at night, I was breaking through on almost all my steps. There were stretches here and there were I didn't break through and was thankful for every one of those steps. I was thinking than the snowshoes would help in this particular case. After reading about them a bit today, they don't see to be the miracle I was hoping for.If you're walking on top of ice, the cleats on the bottom will keep you from sliding backwards on hills. If the crust isn't thick enough to hold you, then you can do a lot of tripping pulling them back out through the crust. If you have logs under the snow, you can step on them with just an edge of the shoe, and go down. Getting tangled in branches under the snow also happens. I bought a couple sets of Tubbs for my son and I when we had a blizzard up to our waists. When it was powder, we still sunk in over our 18" boots, and up to our knees in places. In a few days the snow compacted enough were we didn't need them. They've not been used since. Think that storm was in the early 90's. Not worth walking in them for hunting if the snow isn't at least knee deep. Noisy too, if they are the solid platform type. Not sure how the string type sounds.