Snow is finally here, and if you’ve been wanting your own pair of running snowshoes, FLRC has negotiated a discount with Dion, the favorite brand of our Super Frosty Loomis snowshoe race directors. We needed a minimum of 12 for the order, and since enough people have expressed interest, you can now place your order on Webscorer:
The order form will remain open until Saturday at 11:59 PM so I can place the overall order with Dion on Sunday. Taxes and shipping and FLRC’s fees are all built into the costs—FLRC makes no money on this order. The discount works out to about 18%.
Your choices are:
- 121 frame, with Secure-Fit binding and Ice Cleat: $208
- 121 frame, with Quick-Fit binding and Ice Cleat: $231
- 120 frame, with Secure-Fit binding and Ice Cleat: $226
- 120 frame, with Quick-Fit binding and Ice Cleat: $248
Which should you choose? You can read about everything on the Dion site, but here are our recommendations:
Frame: Most people should get the 121 frame. The 120 frame is more expensive and slightly lighter, at 23.5 ounces, compared to 25 ounces for the 121. It’s probably not quite as durable and is thus most appropriate for light women and serious snowshoe racers who want to cut a little weight. (Dion’s other frames aren’t for running.)
Binding: This is completely up to you. The Quick-Fit binding uses velcro and is easier to put on and take off. But it’s more expensive than the Secure-Fit binding, and the velcro may not stay fastened as well in all snow conditions. If you choose one and don’t like it, you can always buy the other later—all Dion snowshoe parts are replaceable. (The Easy-Fit binding isn’t appropriate for running.)
Binding size: Most people should get the Regular size. If you have very small feet and wear women’s size 6 or smaller, you should get the Small binding, which is only available in Quick-Fit. If have very large feet and wear men’s size 13 or larger, or you want to run in boots (which we don’t recommend), you can get the Large binding in either Quick-Fit or Secure-Fit.
Cleat: We’re defaulting everyone to the stainless steel Ice Cleat because we strongly recommend that over Dion’s aluminum regular or deep cleats, which are more expensive and less durable.
We don’t yet know how long it will take to receive the group order (I’ll post more when I do), but if it’s not in time for the Super Frosty Loomis race, note that we’ll have inexpensive rentals there too. Once we receive the group order, we’ll set up a distribution event and make it possible for people who order to pick up their snowshoes individually.