MSR Kids Snowshoes

Modeled after adult snowshoes — but with kid-friendly elements such as lighter weight, kid-sized bindings and narrower platforms — the MSR Shift snowshoes are new this winter. They take design elements from the company’s Denali Evo and add them to a shoe made for the 7- to 12-year-old set.

The Shifts have metal crampons and traction bars that run the length of the deck to provide ample grip. An injection-molded deck made of durable plastic provides enough flotation for preteens in deep snow.

MSR Shift snowshoes

With a weight limit of 125 pounds and three-strap bindings that fit shoe sizes from youth 3 to men’s size 8, parents won’t have to fret about kids outgrowing them too fast.

The MSR Shift snowshoes weigh 2lbs 7oz per pair and are 7 inches wide by 19.5 inches long. They’re currently available in black or light blue for $90. http://cascadedesigns.com/MSR

—Ryan Dionne

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.

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