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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great everyday snowshoes I'm going into my 3rd season with these shoes. The previous 2 winters were too snow-free to use them for other in the forest around my home. Really looking forward to this year's El Niño, hoping it leaves the Nordic Center (at 8,200 ft) fully operational. I own the flotation tails and would like the chance to use them! I have found these shoes easy to put on and take off. The plastic binding remains flexible when cold. And they're rugged! With lower snow levels, I was breaking through to the underlying rocks from time to time. The shoes handled that with flying colors. Very happy with my purchase!
Date published: 2015-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great snowshoes, if a bit noisy These have been great overall. The binding system is more comfortable than the 2 strap "rachet" style binding on some of the other MSR snowshoes. Also easy to undo or adjust with gloves. Have good flotation and seem likely to be durable, though I've only had them about a month. Only complaint is that the plastic decking is much noisier than other snowshoes I've used with a softer decking material. Especially in firm snow, this can create a significant slapping sound with each step that disturbs the serenity of a mountain snowfield somewhat.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the NW! I have purchased several pairs of the MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoes recently. These snowshoes have been perfect for the mix of snow conditions that we get in Oregon and Washington. They work great in powder and really excel in the crunchy hard packed snow we often get in the NW. the side "teeth" do a great job of keeping me from sliding and keeps my feet and knees positioned comfortably over the snowshoes. Another great feature is I don't experience the same snow shower that I have had with other brands...where very step you take throws snow over your shoulders. Couldn't be happier with the Evo Ascent Snowshoes form MSR.
Date published: 2016-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No downside! The design makes this shoe special. Adjustable heel elevator wire aid on the uphill. Claw teeth at the forefoot, double row of shark-toothed saw blades full length, snow grabbing cross ribs molded into the body, easy tighten/release rubber straps that work with heavy gloves. The metal underfoot is closely aligned to the edges of your boots rather than at the outside, for better feel & surer footing on side slopes and finicky footing. The removable tails greatly increase flexibility of use by weight of person or load. Light & fast. Durable. Available replacement parts seal the deal.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bomb-Proof snowshoes You can get real specific on the type of snow shoe you purchase based on your winter activities, or you can buy the EVO ascents. these are great in nearly all activities, long flat hikes to very steep ascents I've put these things through the wringer. If i had one complaint, it would be the lack a toe stop on the front of the binding, sometimes my foot creeps forward on downhills causing a little discomfort. other than that, these are great, I even have the floatation tails for the deep days.
Date published: 2015-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are GREAT! Bought these for my boyfriend, who is much more of a snowboarder than a snowshoer, but he agreed to go with me on xmas. They worked great. They were easy to put on and stayed secure the entire day! He was able to hike up steep embankments with ease. The spikes really held strong. I'm considering buying myself a pair now to replace the ones I have because these are leaps and bounds better. These are excellent snowshoes and very affordable!!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top of the line snowshoes I've been hiking some winter 14ers in colorado with these and I highly recommend them. They provide great traction and the special feature on the heels saves your calves on an incline. The buckles are doable but difficult in gloves, but not a major problem.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from solid snowshoes These are good all around snowshoes. My wife and I have owned these for several years. The straps aren't as fast as some styles/brands, but I have had really good luck with them staying on and not having issues. If you take the snowshoes off, you have to go through setting up all of the straps again and the straps are not mitten friendly.The bail is useful for long uphills. I haven't tried to use the add-on float, but it looks easy enough. The huge amount of cleats helps on slopes and off trails. They are noisier than the metal and rubbery decked shoes.
Date published: 2016-01-25
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Questions & Answers

The snow shoes I now have ball up snow on the bottom of the snow shoe when walking through wet snow at close to 32 degrees.  Can I be sure these snow shoes won’t do the same thing?

Asked by: Monte
My other snowshoes would totally pile up under the crampons when the snow is wet and sticky making it very annoying to have to stop and clean the snow out every few minutes. I borrowed my girlfriends EVO 22s while mine were sent away to get the broken ratchet style bindings replaced. In warm, sticky, snowman building snow the EVOs absolutely shed all the snow! I was so impressed with traction, simplicity of the bindings, light weight and the option of using the EVO tails that I purchased the EVO 22 Accents. Super happy with them.
Answered by: Snowlover
Date published: 2018-02-12

I plan to use these for hikes in the Northeast (Catskills, Adirondacks, Whites - all of which can be very rugged/demanding.) I'm feeling indecisive about these vs the Lighting Ascents. Does the latter offer any advantage past being 4oz lighter? Thanks!

Asked by: Tom B
Both models are part of the Ascent series and suitable for mountain terrain. The Lightning Ascent has a 360 degree traction frame, steel cross members and DTX crampons for superior traction in technical terrain. Additionally, the Posilock AT bindings offer the most secure fit and the decking material offers incredible durability.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08

Do these come with a carry bag?

Asked by: Sretsbor
​These snowshoes are not packaged with a tote bag.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08

Trying to buy these for an Xmas present. My husband weighs 165 lbs and is 6' tall. We already have Tubbs snowshoes. He wants something a little smaller and quicker. Would this be the best one to fit that requirement? Is 22" the right size for a 12.5 shoe

Asked by: Help
​These snowshoes will be a good fit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08

Can a woman who weighs 125# with average woman's shoe size fit and use these as well as a man can? What makes them "men's"?

Asked by: bbjg
These snowshoes can be used by men or women having bindings that fit a wide range of footwear sizes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08

I am 6'2", 190 with a size 14 and mostly go snowshoeing off trail in powder. I like the MSR shoes but am having a hard time making up my mind.  Am I okay to go with the Evo Ascent and wearing tails or getting a 25" pair of shoes?  Thanks for the help!

Asked by: Pip9000
We recommend a 25 inch snowshoe based on your dimensions. That way you will have the ability to add flotation tails when snowshoeing in deeper powder.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08

I'm 6'4" and 200 lb and maybe a 25 lb day pack in the winter. Can these handle that much weight?

Asked by: Marmot
​It would be best to purchase the MSR Evo Modular Snowshoe Flotation Tails - 6" to add to these snowshoes. They will bring the max recommended load up to 250 lbs.: https://www.rei.com/product/875173/msr-evo-modular-snowshoe-flotation-tails-6
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08

I weigh 135 pounds, would i be good going with 25 in ones?

Asked by: michael
​Based on your weight, the 22 inch snowshoes are a better choice for you.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08
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