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Snowshoeing Gear List

by Karen Ung

Our snowshoeing gear list includes everything you need to wear and bring on your next snowshoeing adventure!

Snowshoeing Gear from top left clockwise: Yukon Charlie’s Elite SPIN Snowshoes, Yukon Charlie’s youth snowshoes and poles, Thermos of cocoa, Helly Hansen Alva 2.0 Parka + Black Diamond Mitts

Winter adventures call for a bit more preparation, but it’s always worth it. For a successful snowshoeing outing, bring extra clothes, a hot drink, and the ten essentials. Our gear recommendations are below.

Here is a printable PDF version of the checklist:

Snowshoeing with kids? See our story The Best Winter Gear for Kids: Buying Guide & Product Recommendations.

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What to Wear Snowshoeing

Marl Lake
Helly Hansen Alva 2.0 Parka + Black Diamond Mitts
  • Warm, moisture-wicking base layers (synthetic or merino wool): We love Helly Hansen LIFA Merino (Available at Helly Hansen | Sport Chek | Amazon) and Patagonia Capilene base layers.
  • Wool ski socks: Smartwool and Bridgedale make high quality socks. We recommend wool-blend ski socks because they are warm but not overly thick, and fit snugly to prevent blisters. You don’t want super thick socks for snowshoeing because your feet will overheat and get sweaty.
  • Wool toque with fleece lining: wool is warm and naturally anti-odor. A fleece lining (at least around the forehead and ears) prevents skin from getting itchy. We like this Ambler toque.
  • Insulated waterproof-windproof jacket: I own and recommend the Helly Hansen Powderqueen 3.0 Jacket and Helly Hansen Alva 2.0 Parka for very cold weather (up to -20C). For milder weather, wear the Patagonia Down Sweater and pack a waterproof/windproof shell like the Helly Hansen Verglas 3L Shell in case it gets very windy or wet.
  • Insulated waterproof-windproof snow pants: The Helly Hansen Legendary Insulated Pants are warm and waterproof. I loved my first pair (bought in 2014) so much, I just bought another pair!
  • Gaiters: Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters (unisex) are the bomb at keeping snow out of your boots.
  • Waterproof winter hiking boots: After trying several brands, my whole family likes Salomon winter boots best. They are warm, light, grippy, and durable (and no, we didn’t get them free or get paid to say that – we have been buying Salomon boots for years!). The Salomon Outblast TS Waterproof Winter Boots have 200 gram insulation to keep your feet warm.
  • Water-resistant mittens or warm gloves: Black Diamond Mercury Mitts are really warm. For extreme cold, get the Black Diamond Absolute Mitts.
  • Sunglasses or goggles: polarized lenses help cut the glare and improve depth perception. We like Shady Rays‘ quality and commitment to fight hunger (10 meals provided for every pair of sunglasses purchased).

What to Bring Snowshoeing

Clothing Pack List


The 10 Essentials

Pack the ten essentials on EVERY trip! For more information, please read our story: The Ten Essential Systems.


Food and Drink

  • Insulated Hydroflask coffee bottle with hot drink (don’t forget marshmallows for cocoa!)
  • foods you can eat with gloves/mittens on: sandwiches, cookies, granola bars, yogurt tubes, cheese sticks
  • water in insulated water bottle (hydration packs not recommended in cold temps as water can freeze in the tube): Hydroflask double-walled stainless steel, BPA-free bottles are great.

Optional / Nice to Have

Snowshoeing Gear List Printable PDF

Here is a printable PDF of our snowshoeing gear list:

Have fun and stay safe! Remember to check the trail report and avalanche report before you head out.

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