Wood vs. Aluminum

wood-vs-aluminumAluminum snowshoes entered the market in the 1980’s and the vast majority are imported.  We could build them too, but choose not to. Our team of craftsmen and artisans continue to handcraft the finest snowshoes in our shop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula based on our designs that were perfected through years of hard use in demanding conditions. We have updated our products over the years to include a mix of tradition & technology, but we have always stayed true to our cause – beautiful products that are both tools and heirlooms.

What we hear from our customers:

  • Our woven shoes provide substantially improved flotation, particularly over deep snows found in the north woods.
  • Our open lacing doesn’t accumulate snow or ice like the solid decks of the metal shoes. It also provides superior traction with no “sled” effect.
  • Wood frames are very rugged and flexible; they don’t freeze, become brittle, nor bend when bridged
  • Quality-  At times we need to re-lace our shoes that have been used hard for decades but we hear from many of our customers who have had our shoes for 30 years and more.
  • They’re made right here in the USA, which is very important today.
  • They’re beautiful to display when not being used.
  • You’ll wear out before they do, but it’s fun to pass them down to the next generation.
  • They’re very quiet; our snowshoes are used by many top outfitters, trappers, hunters, and naturalists for this reason alone.

Here’s a test: try a pair of Iversons. Not a 2-minute stroll on packed snow–go break a trail in deep snow, take some pictures of the critters that you haven’t spooked by the clanking of metal, then you’ll start to get it. True purists–those who work and play in the wilderness–continue to choose Iverson, and you should too.