Buying snowshoes can be a bit overwhelming. How do you know what size to get? Well, for us in the northeast, sizing is a bit easier. When you see a snowshoe size chat and it compares your weight to the size of the snowshoe, this is for optimal floatation on nice fluffy powder. Here in the northeast we very seldom have two plus feet of fluffy snow that we need to worry about having this full floatation. My dad learned this the hard way. When he first started snowshoeing he weighed 250lbs so he bought 36″ snowshoes based on the weight recommendation. With the narrower trails and harder snow here in the northeast, he had a terrible time with snowshoes that large. He would trip on them or get caught in branches. Once he learned that he wasn’t going to break the snowshoes by going to a smaller size he made the switch. Now he wears size 24″ snowshoes. They give him enough floatation for hikes from coastal Connecticut to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Now, if he were to go out west where you can find deep powered, he would need to go up to the larger size snowshoes. But, for here in the northeast, the smaller size usually works better.