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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 8 years and still going strong I bought these snow shoes as my first pair 8 years ago, they are great beginner shoes because they work for most terrain and they are fairly light weight. Even though I've upgraded for speed I still feel myself using these many times because they are stable and sturdy. As a matter of fact I just used these on a 22 mile trek with a best friend who had rented a similar pair and they stayed out and comfortable the whole trek. The straps themselves are tricky but once you figure them out they stay put for good. My suggestion would be practice strapping them at home before hitting the trails. Great for the price and great if your looking for long term durability.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wife's snowshoes, still great for backcountry I purchased these for my wife so that she would go on some short hikes with me. I have the ultra rugged MSR Lightning Ascents but she doesn't need to conquer harder terrain. I ended up using these at Snow Lake on New Years Eve (7 miles 1,700' vertical) when my buddy couldn't find his. They are not meant to climb up icy terrain but they performed admirably. I would have preferred to have my heel lifters and extra traction, but for the price these are incredible. They are much lighter weight than the MSR Lightning Ascent so I was able to break trail with considerably less effort. When I'm hiking lines to snowboard in the backcountry and won't need extra grip for icy hills, I just might take these instead.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High speed, low drag. I used this set climbing up Glacier Peak in the fall, with 3.5 feet of snow, they just pushed the snow down while I pulled them through a wall of snow each step. But once added the flotation tails (http://www.rei.com/product/875173/msr-evo-modular-snowshoe-flotation-tails-6#tab-reviews) I was sitting on the surface. I was rucking a 55 lb pack and I already weigh 200 lbs being 6'4" so I'm sure that made an impact on the shoes. These are extremely lightweight, durable, and reliable. Glove friendly and they just look down right sexy. Once again, if you are rucking long distance embrace the tails, they made a significant impact on keeping me on the surface. Would rate 5 but the tails are $40, and I wouldn't buy these snow shoes if you aren't buying the fins.
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable and reliable entry level pair of snowshoes We have a pair of these that is almost 10 years old and they are still going strong. A comment on customer service- we have both this pair of snowshoes and one from a main competitor. After much use in Colorado and the Southwest they both needed replacement "keeper clips" for some of the straps. One e-mail to MSR customer support resulted in a free delivery within a week or so. Three weeks later I have received no response from the other vendor. Clearly MSR backs up their product!
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Performance Review Purchased December 2015 My first time using the MSR Evo shoes, and I have to say I’m very impressed with the performance. I spend a lot of time off-trail, and in the deep backcountry… because of this, there’s fair amount of steep and off-camber terrain to negotiate, so I needed something that would handle the hills in all directions. I tested the shoes on 20-30% snow covered inclines, declines, and off-camber traverses, and have to say I was very impressed with how solid and comfortable the shoes felt even when negotiating some difficult obstacles. Not one time did I feel my boot wanted to slide forward or backward in the binding, and on the off-camber sections I didn’t feel like the binding was limiting my mobility due to a lack of suppleness. In short, these shoes performed better than I expected…
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Load Specs are wrong The weight-load specifications on the REI website stated these snowshoes were good for up to 180 lbs without tails. When they arrived the tag specified the load was for packed snow up to 225 lbs but in soft snow tails would be needed above 125 lbs. I weigh about 150 lbs, and as described, these were fine on packed snow and slightly packed snow, but soft or untouched snow I sank about a foot sometimes more. If you know you are sticking to regularly used trails, these snowshoes will be fine and the side teeth did provide extra grip when the trail was a little icy. However, I ended up returning these for a model that didn't require tails for my weight. I also had a misaligned hook for one of the straps and couldn't straighten it; this caused the toe strap to come loose after an hour of walking (shorter time when plunging through soft snow).
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best all-around snowshoe that I know of I have used Denali snowshoes for almost twenty years and almost on a daily basis when the snow is down. Used in everything from deep snow (not much powder here) to snowshoeing to work (crusty snow, ice-covered banks, slush covered roads) and works on it all. Lightenings are are better in untracked, deep snow but anything else the Denalis/Evos are at least as good. I prefer the traction bars to the traction frames of the Lightenings because more forgiving if you overlap while moving. Only thing that I would like to see is a longer, 25", version, better than tails.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Floppy straps My husband and I have had these snowshoes for 2 snowy seasons. They drive us both bananas because the straps flop around, making you think you're going to come completely out of them at any moment. All that's holding them on is a tiny metal prong through one of the holes. To be fair, they don't actually come off very often (though they sometimes do) because I fasten them tighter than I would like, which results in uncomfortable pressure were the straps hit the tops of my feet. All they have to do to make these awesome is find a better way to secure the loose/excess end of the strap. We would have returned them, but bought them at the beginning of a winter where we had no snow in the PNW. By the time we got to use them, it had been over a year since we bought them.
Date published: 2017-02-27
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Questions & Answers

Are replacement bindings available? My rubber straps got brittle but the neoprene sole is fine.

Asked by: Becky71
You can email MSR, they have great customer service! 
Answered by: Hcargill
Date published: 2017-12-28

My huisband is 5' 6" and 160 pounds. Are these shoese too small for him?

Asked by: Hollie Kim
​These snowshoes have a recommended load of up to 180 pounds.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-04

Will the tails for MSR Denali fit the Evo snowshoes?

Asked by: VanZem
​These snowshoes fit with the MSR Evo Modular Snowshoe Flotation Tails.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-28

Can I get add on heel lifts for these eco snowshoes?

Asked by: NJ hiker
​As of January 2018, there are no add-on heel lifts for these snowshoes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-23

Would these snowshoes be considered uni-sex?

Asked by: Budman
Yes, these snowshoes could be used by either a male or female though their traditional shape leans more towards a man's gait (they are a little wider than female specific snowshoes).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-28

What size for 6' tall man?

Asked by: Angelique
The max recommended load for this model is 180 pounds. With optional tails you could increase the max load to 220 pounds.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-28

Will these work well for someone 220 lbs without the tails or should I consider a different pair?

Asked by: ALDSW
We recommended using these snowshoes with tails if your overall weight is between 180 and 250 pounds or purchasing a different snowshoe in a 30 inch length.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-28

Never Snow shoed before. I am 6’1” 178-185lb wear Lowa Renegade, or Chilikat 400 TNF boots.  Are these a good choice?  If not is there another MSR you’d recommend?  I’m in SE Michigan and parks, grassy fields and I live on a dirt road would be terrain.thx

Asked by: Knightwanderer
These snowshoes are recommended for persons weighing up to 180 lbs. They could work for you, however, we recommend also purchasing the Evo Modular Flotation Tails to give you additional flotation and keep you above the snow: https://www.rei.com/product/875173/msr-evo-modular-snowshoe-flotation-tails-6
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08
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