An Insanely Light Snowshoe
This ancient design goes high-tech
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Snowshoes have been evolving for 6,000 years, but it wasn’t until this season that they became truly high-tech.
Enter the Fimbulvetr, a lightweight snowshoe made from a thermoplastic elastomer most often used in car engines and shock absorbers. It also happens to be very strong, very durable, and 100-percent recyclable, according to the Norwegian company that makes the product.
Using 3D modeling, each 1107-gram snowshoe is shaped into an asymmetric, lightweight unibody. The honeycomb pattern allows for maximum flotation, while the patented all-direction hinge gives you solid traction and support.