Northern Toboggan Co

Ojibwa Snowshoe Kit

$159.00

Northern Toboggan Co

Ojibwa Snowshoe Kit

$159.00
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Build your own wooden snowshoe with NTCo's Snowshoe Kit. NTCo partners with Country Ways, a long time steward of traditional outdoor kits and supplies. We craft the wooden frames and get supplied both printed and digital guides for assembling your own kit!

Of all the many shapes we could make, we feature and recommend the Ojibwa, with its pointed tail, highly efficient pointed toe and 'nesting' shape. This beautiful design comes down to us from thousands of years of challenge and survival. It is strongly preferred by Canadian and US snowshoers and winter guides as the top design for beginners to start on, best for general day trips and for serious expeditions.

On Ojibwas you can be an expert in 20 minutes, without lessons, prior experience or special gear. For all snowshoe walking, your snowshoes need pointed tails-reliable rudders trailing lightly, keeping your shoe aimed straight ahead, assuring that your shoe will come down exactly where you intended.

Pointed Tail & Toe:

The Ojibwa's pointed tail lets you move your foot straight ahead in a natural walking step. Rounded tails can skitter in their tracks and can come down well off-center or even on top of the other shoe. With round-toed shoes, you often have to lift up and then step forward-and still the front can fill with snow and trip you. The Ojibwa's pointed-toe acts like a boat's bow moving easily through the snow, letting you move your foot straight ahead in a natural and much easier motion. The pointed toe is much easier in brush. YOU aim the shoes where you want to go-through brush and grass and between saplings. Ojibwa toes lay grass and plants aside (they don't mow them down)-easier on the plants and less work for you. Ojibwas 'nest.' At each step, the inward curves near toe and tail nest with each shoe's middle. Thus your walking stride is natural and comfortable, with your feet neither forced wide apart nor stretched out front-and-back

Snowshoe kits include:

  • ash frames ready to lace
  • our TechDeck nylon lace
  • complete instructions with color lacing diagrams
  • Gallery
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  • Downhill Toboggan History
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Build your own wooden snowshoe with NTCo's Snowshoe Kit. NTCo partners with Country Ways, a long time steward of traditional outdoor kits and supplies. We craft the wooden frames and get supplied both printed and digital guides for assembling your own kit!

Of all the many shapes we could make, we feature and recommend the Ojibwa, with its pointed tail, highly efficient pointed toe and 'nesting' shape. This beautiful design comes down to us from thousands of years of challenge and survival. It is strongly preferred by Canadian and US snowshoers and winter guides as the top design for beginners to start on, best for general day trips and for serious expeditions.

On Ojibwas you can be an expert in 20 minutes, without lessons, prior experience or special gear. For all snowshoe walking, your snowshoes need pointed tails-reliable rudders trailing lightly, keeping your shoe aimed straight ahead, assuring that your shoe will come down exactly where you intended.

The Ojibwa's pointed tail lets you move your foot straight ahead in a natural walking step. Rounded tails can skitter in their tracks and can come down well off-center or even on top of the other shoe. With round-toed shoes, you often have to lift up and then step forward-and still the front can fill with snow and trip you. The Ojibwa's pointed-toe acts like a boat's bow moving easily through the snow, letting you move your foot straight ahead in a natural and much easier motion. The pointed toe is much easier in brush. YOU aim the shoes where you want to go-through brush and grass and between saplings. Ojibwa toes lay grass and plants aside (they don't mow them down)-easier on the plants and less work for you. Ojibwas 'nest.' At each step, the inward curves near toe and tail nest with each shoe's middle. Thus your walking stride is natural and comfortable, with your feet neither forced wide apart nor stretched out front-and-back. 

Snowshoe kits include:

  • ash frames ready to lace
  • our TechDeck nylon lace
  • complete instructions with color lacing diagrams

Building on the framework of our larger, traditional wood toboggans, we crafted our Downhill Toboggan series to retain its rugged durability and utility even while catering to family use. We built a sled that can haul a chord of wood from the shed in 20 below, but more importantly, we built a sled that your parents and children and grandchildren can all use and cherish -- the type of toboggan you’d one day be proud to pass down.

Before we designed the Downhill Toboggans, the Dene people and landsmen from Northern Canada were our primary customers. Over long seasons of hard use, they rely on the Traditional Toboggan for their livelihood. As they venture across frozen barren land or the thick wooded bush, they need a tool so dependable and sturdy that it could be counted as a member of the family.

As much as many of us might fantasize, we can’t all lead the purest lifestyle of our northern clients -- we can’t afford to forsake our friends and communities to pursue those rugged horizons. However, we at Northern Toboggan Co have come to realize that even though our lifestyles are a bit less intense, we continue to find many opportunities to explore and adventure on the land.  Every day, no matter where we build our livelihood, we continue to build a unique relationship with these snow covered forests we call home. That’s why we built the Downhill Toboggan. We wanted to make sure that all of our customers, not just the backwoods survivalist, have the tools they need to enjoy their time outside exploring the north wilderness. We believe that for every family who loves the outdoors, there's room for one of our wooden toboggans.