Durability of Snowshoes-Its some 20 years I have known the web snowshoe and never have I heard of frames wearing out. They are generally broken or discarded, according to my observations, long before they wear out. If I got hold of a pair that lasted just seven days, it would be at least seven days before I purchased again from that manufacturer.
At present I have a pair of 12 x 60, raised toe. They got two winters of loose snow of the north and I used them two winters in Wisconsin and crusts, but, of course, not every day as in the North. But the last two winters I have used rubbers mostly and you of the trail know what that means to a snowshoe. The frames are still goes and so far no splices or repairing done to the filling. I weigh 180 to 200, according to how much grub I get, and thatís some strain on the filling. I never saw web frames oiled but it canít do any harm.
Of all webs I have seen I like this last type best of all. Have seen nearly all snow conditions and some hills with them and no more Chippewa flat toe for me. I have used skis and tried many kinds of dope. I think as good a way as any is to have them nice and warm-not hot-and use any old grease any old time they need it. I also believe in giving the bottom of the toboggan its share of grease. The dog will steal his and the trail donít need any.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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