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What are Yowies
How do Yowies work
What size do I need
Can I go up hills
Who uses Yowies
How do Yowies grip
Can I wear any sort of boot
Platform and cold
Why go snowshoeing
Snow and ice repellent Velcro™
How do Yowies shed ice and snow

How do Yowies grip
The primary form of grip is from the hexagon pattern on the base. Each shape, angle and curve has been carefully selected to provide maximum grip in multiple directions.

As you step down and put your weight on the platform, snow compacts into the hexagons on the base. This trapped and compacted snow has great shear strength over this large area, the hexagon shape providing 360 degree grip. As you lift your foot, the base flexes releasing the compacted snow.

Aggressive high tensile front and back cleats do their job when it comes to ice.

Can I wear any sort of boot
Just about. Yowies are normally worn with bush walking and hiking boots, cross country ski boots (leather, plastic or composite), Sorels, snowboard boots or climbing boots(plastic, composite). It's really up to you - how far you are going and what other activities you are planning to undertake.

Platform and cold
Deck is injection moulded from an engineered Sub-Zero grade Copolymer thermoplastic. A chemical combination of two plastics, sharing physical benefits and properties of each.

Extremely lightweight, tougher than the base materials of skis or snowboards. A semi-flexible material with good elasticity, very good resilience and impact resistance. This copolymer is designed specifically for extreme subzero use. It has been Ultra-Violet stabilized, tested and used in Arctic, Antarctic, Alaska and Himalayas by Military and Expeditions alike.

Why go snowshoeing
Snowshoes offer a fun and practical alternative that enhance your snow activities. Whether it's for work, or to get you to a starting point for climbing, skiing, snowboarding and hiking, or just to get to view spectacular scenery, Yowies provide an enjoyable, easy way to access hard-to-reach areas.

Unlike untreated hook and loop, the ptfe treated Velcro when wet has a pull apart strength equal to that of dry hook and loop.

The inner harness normally does not need to be readjusted in the field. Inner harness fastener tape is Velcro Brand, an unnapped version where the loops are sewn in and resists fraying, has a greater life expectancy and higher holding strength when in shear.

Snow and ice repellent Velcro™
Both webbing and hook and loop fastening system has been manufactured with built-in DWR, Durable Water/snow/ice Repellent. This helps the harness to shed snow and water and strengthens the locking ability of the hook and loop in the cold. The uniquely applied PTFE(Teflon) repellent chemically bonds to the Polyester fibre of the webbing and Nylon fibre of the Velcro . After 100 open and closures its effectiveness may degrade by 10%. This can be restored by gently blowing a warm (NOT HOT) hair dryer over the tape, this realigns the structure of the ptfe on the fibre.

How do Yowies shed ice and snow
As you lift your foot, the shoe flexes and the snow sheds. The angles, surfaces and materials of Yowies are all carefully selected to minimise ice and snow build up. If you look closely, you will notice the many subtle features of the platform, the harness and the cleats which are all designed specifically to enhance shedding.

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