Snow shoes are designed to spread the weight of the body out over a larger area than normal snow boots, and thereby prevent the foot from sinking down to ground level. They used to look similar to old wooden tennis rackets with straps, but are now made from far more sophisticated materials that are durable, tough, light and comfortable. They generally measure around fifty centimetres in length and twenty centimetres in width.
There are three main types of snow shoe:
The binding on snow shoes is designed to encourage the natural movement of the ankle and foot, so that you are able to walk as freely as possible whilst still supporting the foot and ankle in all the right places.
Snow shoes are used with the aid of poles similar to ski poles, which are also very lightweight and easy to carry.