Susanne has given me a new pair of snowshoes for my birthday (upcoming) and I am appreciating the upgrade to something new and not rotten. In much the same way I think many people are appreciating the change in leadership with our neighbours to the south. Not that Bush was old and rotten, but like my old snowshoes it was time to hang 'em up. It took a bit of research to find the traditional snowshoes that I was looking for. You might find this site interesting... www.fabersnowshoes.com ...they have been making snowshoes for 135 years!