Because snowshoeing is an aerobic activity, usually done in cold weather, it is important to be prepared for a variety of temperatures. Layering is the best way to dress, allowing for regulation of your body temperature:
Most snowshoe bindings will accommodate a variety of footwear. To ensure an enjoyable snowshoeing experience, it is important to have warm, comfortable, and dry feet. Your ideal footwear will depend on the type of snowshoeing (climbing, running, or walking) and your personal requirements.
For a long snowshoe hike, we recommend a pair of stable, comfortable, and waterproof hiking boots or your preferred winter activity boot (snowboarding, mountaineering, etc). GORE TEX® provides a level of waterproof, breathability that is ideal in snowshoeing footwear.
Although not necessary, poles are recommended for snowshoeing. They improve balance and provide added stability, especially on uneven and aggressive terrain, and can assist you in standing back up if you fall down. Poles also offer an additional upper body workout.