Update 12/19/16: I wrote this post nearly six years ago, and today I went for a run in the Kahtoolas again. They are still working great and remain one of my favorite gear purchases ever! A pic from today:
Whenever we return from a snowy destination, people ask, “Did you ski?”
You mean, did I grapple with rental gear, shell out big bucks for a ticket, stand in a long line, and sit on a cold chair lift—just to swoosh down a hill in less time than it takes to run a mile?
No, I ran!
In the past, I used these Atlas snowshoes. I’d strap ’em on and run for miles on groomed roads or powder. Sadly, I managed to lose them a couple of weeks ago. It’s a long story that involves our kids sledding tandem on a snowboard down a forest road. I freaked out about the slim possibility that they might snowboard-sled into oncoming traffic, and when I tried to catch up to them, I must’ve forgotten to put the snowshoes back in the car. They (the snowshoes, not the kids) probably are buried in snow by that aspen-lined riverside road in Southwestern Colorado (sigh).
Fortunately, at around the same time I lost the snowshoes, I discovered a traction device even better for snow running: Kahtoola Microspikes. They won’t prevent you from sinking in fresh powder, but they’ll let you run on icy and hard-packed snowy trails as naturally and easily as running on a dry road. They cost a little over $60.
What do you think—snowshoes vs. spikes? Kahtoolas vs. other traction devices? Go on and share your ideas and favorite destinations for a fun run in the snow.