Besides the sport-specific snowshoes, which are a comparable investment to a pair of running shoes, the gear for this sport works with all the other cold-weather fitness activities, too, including winter running. Here are six of the best snowshoeing gear picks for women—you don’t need much else to hit the trails.
Crescent Moon Eva Foam Snowshoes | $140
You’ll need to start your snowshoeing gear buy with an investment in the shoes. With the newest technology to come to snowshoes, perhaps since they were first invented, these are surprisingly durable, easy to put on, quiet, and comfortable. They also have an intuitive-rocker design to help propel you through your stride.
Dragon Alliance Aria Sunglasses | $139
The lenses on these surfer-inspired, plant resin frames are divine, as is the secure and solid women’s-specific fit.
Buff USA Filter Tube | $29
Now that face masks are a regular accessory, Buff USA has created one to keep you warm with a design that actually stays on your nose and is three-layer filter compatible.
Mountain Hardwear Women’s Keele Full Zip Jacket | $150
Water-repellant soft shell material keeps snow off you while also allowing sweat to escape for an ideal high-output coat (with pockets!) that’s ideal for snowshoeing, running, and cross-country skiing.
Smartwool Women’s Merino Sport Fleece Wind Tight | $140
Wool keeps you comfortable in any weather, a durable water repellent finish helps to keep you dry as you kick up snow, and the front wind-blocking panel provides extra protection from the cold.
La Sportiva Blizzard GTX | $199
With a built-in gaiter (handy for keeping snow out of shoes), Gore-Tex waterproof upper, and integrated tungsten alloy spikes, these will keep feet dry and you upright in wintry conditions, whether you’re going snowshoeing or heading out for a run. (And don’t worry—the spikes do not interfere with snowshoes.)