If you love hiking, you'll enjoy its winter cousin, snowshoeing. Ready to give it a try but not sure where to start — or what the heck a gaiter is? Starter Kit is here to help.

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If snowshoeing seems unapproachable, think of it as a modified kind of hiking — only with shoe attachments that distribute your weight evenly, allowing you to walk on snowy terrain without sinking 3 feet down with every step. Snowshoes really do make it easier to hike those snowy routes. Ready to give it a try? Here are the basics you’ll need as a beginning snowshoer: