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Due to the exceptional worldwide situation and being deprived of skiing, many people searching to escape into nature had the pleasure of (re) discovering snowshoeing last winter. And from now on, snowshoeing will be an essential activity for discovering the resources that the mountains have to offer us in winter, just like skiing, sledging, snowboarding or even cross-country skiing. And it's not going to stop here ...
But for those who have already tried it, their experience was maybe not perfect: the calm and the beauty of the landscapes was disturbed by the noise the snowshoes made when walking, jerky movements due to the size and rigidity of the frames, or even the tightening system which was too complicated to understand.
Our Quechua design team set themselves a huge challenge. That of making snowshoeing accessible to all, by reworking from A to Z the design of the snowshoe to meet the main objective: to offer a flawless experience to the user. In this way, getting away from clichés by reinventing the guidelines.
The snowshoes are simply an extension of your feet, like fins attached to swimmers feet. Its EVA frame (Ethylene-vinyl acetate: material used for sports footwear soles) makes the snowshoes very flexible, light and silent. You will almost forget that you have them on your feet.
It is indeed the essential part of a snowshoe: its grip. Thanks to its 6 metal points and the crampons under the frame, as well as the frame’s composition, you’ll benefit from its very good traction and its good grip.
Its tightening system, with 3 Velcro straps makes it very easy to put on and can be shared with others easily too. If you want to leave at the last minute, it’s possible as there’s no pre-adjustment necessary. Only 2 sizes to equip sizes from 36 to 48.
12 seconds at the very most to put on, and off you go!
Discover the different designs and testing steps before reaching the final version of the SH100 Easy.
To observe users means to take into account the difficulties encountered during their outdoor experience. Describe what we see, note the improvements to anticipate or imagine in order to answer any possible problems. This is what we call design insights.
To find answers to the problems of bindings that are difficult to fit, a frame that’s too big, too heavy, adjustments that are too tedious. But also, to improve crampons etc ...
Séb, our designer, sought to optimize the design. Define an innovative design, but with reassuring lines reminiscent of the authentic, traditional, wooden snowshoe frame. The objective: To obtain the best compromise between lift in the snow and the natural movement of the foot.
We tried DIY solutions (monsters) to roughly test the technical solutions. Then, when we thought we had found the solution, we made 1, then 2, 3, 29 prototypes, then we tested them in real life, in the field …
Méric, our field engineer, organised a multitude of tests with a panel of testers from all backgrounds, to check the functionality of the prototypes in use. To support this: questionnaires and round-table discussions to remove doubts, correct and adjust the last issues. Our guides Hervé, Pierre and Laurent supported us from the initial brief to the final product by staying by our sides at each step of validation.
Our team developed a complete protocol of tailor-made tests. We had to make sure of the reliability of the snowshoe’s grip, the frame’s flexibility but also the tension of the tightening system and the robustness of the steel crampons.
Now you know everything there is to know about the SH100 Easy snowshoe, so go and have fun with your family!