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Check out our advice to help you choose the appropriate equipment and outfit for your snowshoe excursions!
First of all, wear a base layer close to the skin, made from a warm, breathable fabric that will wick away perspiration and help keep you dry. We recommend that you take spare base layers so you can change at the end of your outing.
On top, you need a warm layer that is easy to take off, like a zip-up fleece in brushed fabric which will help retain the heat or a compact padded jacket.
Finally, you need a protective waterproof layer - ideally with ventilation.
When it comes to bottoms, ideally you should have a pair of warm trousers with brushed inner fabric for example, made from a stretch, water repellent material for enhanced freedom of movement and to help protect you from the snow. Some trousers have integrated gaiters which prevent snow getting into your shoes. We recommend that you wear trousers with ventilation zips which are very useful in case you overheat! And you'll really appreciate waterproof inserts on the seat if you sit down in the snow for a short break. You can also choose classic hiking trousers with some leggings underneath to stop you from getting cold.
For off-piste hiking, take maps, a compass and/or a GPS device, as well as an avalanche transceiver (ARVA), a shovel and a probe. If you're caught up in an avalanche, these three items will help locate you or help you search for a victim.
And don't forget to review the basic safety rules.
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, it's important to prepare for your snowshoe hiking excursion properly and take the appropriate equipment. Remember to ask for advice from our experts and share your hiking tips for a fun, safe introduction to snowshoeing.