Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What to do?

Well, with the snowshoe bug having bitten pretty hard I started scouring the net to feed a possible addiction in its infancy. Luckily for me, there are no shortages of places that sell sweet snowshoes on the net. Now the problem was lack of fundalation. Solution: sell shit I don't need. Mission accomplished as I quickly sold a race car bucket seat that I'd bought way back in a former life when I had visions of tearing up the asphalt in my gas powered beast.

So, flush with a little cash, I'm now left in a bit of a conundrum. Do I go ahead and buy the shoes, assuming that I'll be able to get a bit more use yet this season and then hang them up until next year? Or, do I hold the cash for another purchase I've been eyeballing/needing for the upcoming MTB season? I'm sure I could rent or borrow some snowshoes to get me through a couple more outings this year, but I'm the type that prefers having my own equipment once I'm pretty certain that I be using it more than once or twice. I'm thinking I probably should grab onto the new bike shoes (I'll need them this year for sure) and wait until the snowshoes hopefully go on clearance at the end of the season and get them at that point where I'd be closer to paying for both with the proceeds from just the seat. Hmm, decisions decisions. So what are your opinions?

7 comments:

Brian said...

I think I'm going to wait and ask Santa for some next year. There can't be that much snow left this year, right?

Neve_r_est said...

I totally don't understand the appeal of snowshoes. XC skis yes, snowsnows, um, no.

Might be the speed thing. Hard to get much speed built up on snow shoes. Skis can go pretty good though.

Then again, the ground is pretty much fully brown here right now, and having over 4" for more than a week has been a rare occourance for the last five or so years...
snow damnit.

DG

Buckshot77 said...

Dennis, I've never been on XC skis. I'm sure they're a blast, but from my limited perspective it seems that the equipment buy in and maintenance would be higher and while you can go plenty of places, I think hiking over fallen logs and down through ravines might be a bit easier/more pleasurable on snowshoes.

Squirrel said...

get the damn bike shoes...AR isn't that far away!

Buckshot77 said...

Agreed. I'll call Adam today and have him get some ordered. The old shoes will work fine for Womble, but a new pair would be the cat's ass.

Iowagriz said...

Get the snowshoes now becuase it would be easier to get the wife to agree that you actually need MTB shoes. "needing snowshoes" is a little harder.

Eric Thrasher Troili.. said...

Go for the snowshoes.. Perfect crosstraining activity and a great way to spend time with the family..

Take a look at MSR.. They're great for a variety of conditions. you can add Flotation Tails to them.. http://www.msrgear.com/snowshoes/accessories.asp

Last season example of the conditions here in the Cascades http://airwrecks.blogspot.com/2008/01/snowshoe-trip-to-hyak.html