I just tried on some modern snowshoes for the first time in some fresh powder and I'm confused by why there's a big hole in the decking in front of where the toe of the boot sits:
With my boots strapped as far forward as they can go there's still a sizable gap, and every step pushes snow up through it:
It's not catastrophic to have the boot toes and deck constantly taking on snow, but I can't see how this is in any way beneficial. So is there a reason for that hole? Or am I doing something wrong?
(I understand that the snowshoe is supposed to pivot away from the boot when taking a step, and if the deck were flat there it would prevent or reduce that pivoting range. But the boot sits on a sort of sole plate that pivots away from the snowshoe, and I don't understand why that plate doesn't extend to cover the deck hole.)