Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why should I use Small Foot and not conventional snowshoes?
Small foot are alternative to conventional snowshoes. They are designed for anybody who is in the mountain and need lighter and more compact equipment. They have the following advantages when compared to conventional snowshoes:
- They are compatible with all types and sizes of shoes.
- Small Foot are the only snowshoes with which snowshoers have direct interaction with the snow. You can step directly on the terrain with your shoes, while the snowshoes float on the snow. This way you have more control and stability and it minimizes stress on the ankles.
- Additional grip is guaranteed by the installed crampons.
- Being compact and light, means that you can carry them regardless of what you do or where you go.
- Often people owning conventional snowshoes do not take them along as they are heavy, bulky and difficult to carry.
- Small Foot can be used by everyone and there is no need to learn any special walking technique, which is otherwise needed.
- The flexible structure adjusts to the terrain, ensures soft walk and thus minimizes stress on the ankles.
- The inflatable structure enhances floatation on the snow.
2. What are the differences between Revolution, Universal and Alpine snowshoes?
|Application||Excellent performance in steep terrains and downhill. They provide high degree of traction and grip on terrains with extreme conditions.||Appropriate for moderate terrains and climbing.||Excellent performance in steep terrains and downhill.|
|Crampons||Detachable front and rear riveted Small Foot crampons.||Detachable front and optional rear crampons which is vital to stay safe while if you wear it on your back.||No crampons included. Used with customers’ ice crampons.|
|Bindings||Fast fit bindings that are providing easy in and out secure usage of the snowshoe anytime.||Bindings represent a classical strap system with fixed heel which allow the use of all type of boots.||Special system which is designed to prevent contact with the terrain|
|Structure||Open ended O shaped structure, which enables better better traction during descent and traversing.||Standard O shaped structure.||Open ended O shaped structure, which enables better better traction during descent and traversing.|
3. Do the snowshoes crack easily?
Not at all. The Small Foot snowshoes are highly durable – because of their double layer structure and resistant high tech materials, e.g. Cordura, Duraflex, YKK, TPU film, Vibram, Dyneema. So far we haven’t had a single customer complaint about cracked snowshoes.
The following video shows how strong Small Foot actually are: Video
4. How are the snowshoes used?
- They are carried in a pair of mini bags.
- Then they are taken out.
- Each snowshoe is easily inflated for less than a couple of minutes.
- Now, everyone is ready to conquer the mountains.
Easy as that!
When you are done, the snowshoes are deflated, folded and put into the mini bags again.
5. How much time does it take to inflate the snowshoes?
Each snowshoe can be inflated for 1:30 – 2:00 minutes.
6. Is traversing possible with Small Foot?
Traversing is possible in most situations*.
For semi-steep slopes Side Stepping (a.k.a. Diagonal Traverse Technique) can be used. It is made possible thanks to the open-ended U structure and rear crampons of Revolution and Alpine. They allow the rear of your foot to have a good grip on the terrain, while the two ends of the snowshoe float on the snow.
For more steep terrains the front-pointing technique can be used. The Heel Lift System allows you to walk with a free heel. The front crampons grind into the snow and the snowshoes provide floatability, which enables you to climb up the slope frontally.
In both cases the front crampons ensure stable grip for ascent. The rear crampons and open ended U-structure at the back ensure good traction during descent. In addition, the Heel Lift System allows you weight to be transferred to the rear of the snowshoe to maintain traction over the length of the snowshoe.
The Small Foot snowshoes do not have hard edges to incise into the snow. We have addressed this issue with the bindings structure. It enables your boots to go below the level of the snowshoes, so your shoe edges incise into the snow to ensure a better grip.
*The Universal model is not recommended for traversing, as its performance is not optimal.
7. Which is the best model?
It all depends on where you want to go and what you want to do. =)
Universal is the universal model for everyday use. It is perfect for moderate snowshoeing, for climbing and for walking in deep snow. For more extreme conditions, steeper slopes and downhill you better choose Revolution.
Revolution is without a doubt the ultimate model. It is designed to withstand even the most extreme winter conditions. It guarantees high degree of traction and ensure precise control, stability and safety during ascent and descent. Their crampons on the toe of the binding are essential to develop grip for ascent. The Heel Lift System allows the heel to rise. Thus the weight can be transferred to the rear of the snowshoe to maintain traction over the length of the snowshoe. Respectively the rear crampons and the open-ended O-structure ensure stability and flexibility on descent.
Alpine are used with separate ice crampons. They are designed for alpine climbers who want to have the freedom to use snowshoes with their own crampons. Their open-ended O-structure and your personal crampons ensure stability and high degree of traction.