I now know why I finished yesterday's snowshoe trek with a blister and a discombobulated hip! I blamed my pain on age, not having done a big distance for quite some time, heavy snow/ice balling up at the bottom of my snowshoe and a poor fitting boot. I popped two pills at lunch time to numb the pain, I continuously banged my snowshoe thinking that would get rid of the snow build up. What looked like a purposely incorporated limp then really wasn't, I was unknowningly snowshoeing lop-sided! I didn't realize what happened to my snowshoe until I got home last evening. The duct tape fix has been in place for awhile.
January 23, 2005 was my first true experience snowshoeing (other then a try out on Nose Hill the week before when I bought these). I got hooked on that 23rd day of 2005 when I snowshoed to Chester Lake. It was also the very first time I ever saw an avalanche. This pair of Atlas snowshoes have taken me to places I never knew existed or places I never ever thought I could reach or visit. They have opened up a whole new world to me and have given me wonderful memories! While I won't be wearing them ever again, I'm still not ready to part with them.
Now I have a pair of MSR Lightning Axis to take me where I want to go!