Find answers to common questions

Does it matter which foot I use the snowshoe in?


ALPTREK snowshoes are right and left specific. Look for the Left and Right indicator on the pull tab of the heel lift.




How do you use the heel lift and what is it for?


The integrated heel lift alleviates calf strain and fatigue on steeper inclines. If you are snowshoeing up a steep incline, you’ll benefit from the comfort and efficient functioning of this helpful feature. To use, simply pull up on the rubber pull tab until it clicks into place. Now the heel of your foot will rest on the heel lift as you hike up the incline.




How do you tighten the straps of the ALPTREK Binding?


(Follow these instructions if the shoe is on the correct foot as described above.) • Tighten the straps by pulling the brightly colored rubber grip inwards until comfortable • To loosen, locate the smaller strap attached to the brightly colored binding tabs. Pull this smaller strap outwards.




What kind of shoes should I wear for snowshoeing?


We recommend using a stable, insulated, waterproof hiking boot when snowshoeing.




Can I use ski boots or snowboard boots with the snowshoe?


Ski boots are too large to use with the snowshoes. Typical snowboard boots up to size 12 will likely fit in either binding type. For larger shoe sizes, we recommend ordering an Extended Heel Strap.




Are these Men's or Women's snowshoes


They are unisex, just choose the proper load weight for your adventures.




Do I have to use trekking poles while snowshoeing?


No. Trekking poles are recommended for increased balance and stability.




How do I store my snowshoes and poles?


The included carry bag is large enough to hold everything included in the Snowshoe Kit. Start by laying one snowshoe on top of the other and put them into the bag with the toe pointed into the bag first. Then place your trekking poles and accessories in.




Does the storage bag lock?


The storage bag zippers are not explicitly designed to lock, but a small luggage lock or zip tie can be used.




What is the difference between the Snowshoe Kit and Snowshoe Kit HD


Our Snowshoe Kit includes everything you need to get out on the wintry trails. High-quality aluminum-framed snowshoes provide flotation though an HDPE deck and feature easy-pull bindings and integrated heel lifts. For stability, we have also included sturdy aluminum trekking poles will accessories. Everything in the Snowshoe Kit fits nicely inside the handy carry bag. The Snowshoe Kit HD is for the showshoer who wants to take their winter adventures to the next level. We upgraded the snowshoe frames and trekking pole shafts to 7075 aluminum (the Snowshoe Kit is made of 6061 aluminum), which makes them both stronger and lighter than the standard versions. In addition, we swapped in a quick-fit binding that is easier to get in and out of, and to adjust on the trail.




I am in between sizes, what size should I choose?


We understanding picking your snowshoes size can be a bit confusing. Below are some questions we have received from customers. Follow these examples to help make your choice a little easier. Size is based solely on the weight. So if the total load weight is 150 and you are 6 feet tall or 5 feet tall you would use the same size shoe. Person A: I weigh 190 Pounds, gear (boots, pack, clothing) weighs 15 Pounds, for a Total Load Weight of 205 Pounds. I am 6'4" and shoe size is 12. Choose: 930 Person B: I weigh 160 Pounds, gear (boots, pack, clothing) weighs 20 Pounds, for a Total Load Weight of 180 Pounds. I am 6'4" and shoe size is 13. Choose: 825 + Extended Heel Strap Person C: I weigh 140 Pounds, gear (boots, pack, clothing) weighs 15 Pounds, for a Total Load Weight of 155 Pounds. I am 5'4" and shoe size is 8. Choose: 825 Person D: I weigh 130 Pounds, gear (boots, clothing, pack) weighs 10 Pounds, for a Total Load Weight of 140 Pounds. I am 5'6" and shoe size is 8. Choose: 821





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