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How much snow do you expect?
How much do you weigh??

Goblin is correct those Evo Ascents are good shoes. I have had a pair for many years.

Also the old Military Magnesium Shoes are decent and cheap.

For traditional shoes I like Green Mountain (Modified Bear Paw) and Ojibwa,
Have owned both, The points of the Ojibwa are great for working through brush.

If you use poles, a basket over the point allows for easy backing up.
But you should master the 180º turn as well.

For moderns, I like MSR.

The modern ones are cool but they have drawbacks. They will squeak when it gets real cold.

The current traditional shoes are not as good as shoes made 50 years ago. the rawhide lacing is quite thick these days.
If you look at older shoes you will see the lacing is much finer.

If you are on the lighter side, and not in deep powder, almost anything will work.
The modern shoes also have decent ice/hardpack grousers,

I have taken some serious rides on traditional shoes when encountering icy slopes.

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Nice thing is here there isn't much elevation. It's flats and rolling hills, and we don't get the feet of snow. But we can get a foot or so here and there, enough to make hiking any distance clumsy and difficult in a world without plowed roads. I found a good sale on a pair of moderns that match my weight, we'll see how they hold up.


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Long tails have their purpose, they act like the tail of a kite,
keeping your shoes straight when traveling over long distances.
They act like rudders and save energy.

In the brush they suck.

Same goes in the other direction, for long open spaces Modified Bear Paws or Bear Paws will want to flounder and search for a direction. Over short distances, no big deal, over long travel it's an energy suck.

Bear Paws or Modifieds are great for general purpose and work like trapping, because they are maneuverable.
I found the Ojibwas sort of split the difference.

Modern shoes have come a very long way.
Easy on and off, lighter than Gen One versions, tough, almost zero maintenance.

***On the maintenance note, scoop up a brand specific repair kit if you can. Pins can fall out.

There are really lots of great options out there today.
There are some longer ones coming out of Canada, some runners like Red Feather,
Vermont Tubbs makes good shoes.

Just get a pair and get out there. But remember they are shoes, not hover crafts.
I have had a lot of people complain they don't hold them up. My answer is take them off and try it.

I have traveled in northern Minnesota where you don't sink at all the snow is so old and hard, but without shoes you posthole which makes for a very long and painful day.

Like a jackass, I sold and gave away many of my shoes when I moved to Cali.
Duh, what a bonehead move that was. Only ones left are my MSRs.



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