SNOWSHOE—HOW TO PRESERVE—Do web snowshoes need any dope on them? I am used to skis and we always dope them—rosin, tallow and beeswax— but the country here is very rugged so I sent for a pair of webs to Tuff’s, Maine. They are splendid shoes as they don’t sag in the least. After one week’s use they are worn out—that is, the frames are. They have worn down to the webbing on the front and back, but the webbing is as good as new.
A pair of good skis will last three or four years and the cost is from $6 to $8. These webs stood me $7 and laid here and lasted a little over a week—going some, don’t you think?
This must be due to a soft streak in the hoops; I’ve worn hoops for years with no such trouble as you describe—and I weigh 200, and my pack fifty or so. Write and ask Tuff about it. He should explain it, and make it right with you. A good copal carriage body varnish is good to put on a snowshoe frame, especially a thin one, which will work into the wood. Under hard usage on the trap line, snowshoes should last a season.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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