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Really Impressed

    My husband and I are both just getting into snowshoeing. For Christmas, I bought him the MSR Denali Classic snowhoe (My husband is 6'4'' and weighs 190) and then I bought myself a pair from another brand.

    The first time we went out, his shoes performed very well on the packed trails and then we went off trail for a while. In the loose powder (about 24 inches on top of packed powder) his shoes did great--and mine did not. I slid and fell going up and down hills 3 or 4 times and his held steady. He said they were comfortable, he had no problems getting in or out of them, and he really liked them. I was so impressed with his that I'll be returning mine and switching to something from MSR.

    Love at first use

      I just love these shoes they are easy on and off, import when getting in and out of a snowcat and light weight. If you are going to buy tails I recommend the larger ones, with a pack I weight 230 and sink in with 4" tails. I like the traction. I have used some other ones and they just do not compare.

      Freedom 2 rip

        Got these snowshoes this year and love them!They fit my size 13 snowboard boot great and the added support keeps them flat on uneven terrain.(Not so good with regular soft snow boots) With the 8" attachment I was able to charge through 36"+ soft fresh snow and I weigh 207lbs. They break down easily and fit nicely on my pack making them great even on tight tree assualts. Way better then trying to ride with a 30 strapped to your back making them perfect for the bigger riders out there. These snowshoes will get you there leaving the rest up to you!

        Superior Snow Shoe (Say that 5 times fast)

          my buddy has used his for several years now, and urged me to buy a pair. I did a month ago, and have shoed all over the tahoe basin this winter. THESE SHOES RULE! I am 6' - 0", 207 lbs, and have no trouble in deep pow. They are bulletproof, and easy to adjust and use. ***TIP*** Spray a little WD40 on the metal to prevent sticking snow!

          Durable, But Not Ideal

            I got these a few weeks ago thinking that they would be ideal for both trails and backcountry with the addition of the tail fins, but it was definitely a case of 'too good to be true'. First off, these snowshoes are NOT designed for bigger people to use. I am 6'3" 210lbs and wear a size 14 boot. Even with the 8" tail fins, these are nowhere close to an off-trail snowshoe. On about 10 inches of dense, recently rained on snow, I was almost sinking to the ground and when I took the tail fin off, there was very little difference in floatation. So basically, this became a trail-only snowshoe, where it encountered a new set of problems.

            The bindings proved to be quite frustrating. They were barely large enough to fit my winter boot and even then, the snowshoe itself wasn't really big enough to accomodate someone of my size. Because the binding is made from a soft material rather than a harder moulded plastic, it is easy for your boot to slide on the snowshoe. When combined with the fact that the binding is attached to the deck on a fixed bar rather than a suspension system, the back of your boot will slide off to the sides on uneven ground. The bindings, while durable and easily repairable, compared to a brand like atlas, are quite difficult to put on and get comfortable in. There were several occasions where I had to stop, take my gloves off and adjust the straps to get a comfortable fit.

            Overall, the Denali does have some redeeming features. It is definitely the most durable snowshoe on the market, it has excellent grip and it is easy to repair, but it is not a very pleasant snowshoe to walk on. If you are over 190lbs and looking to go off-trail - FORGET IT! If you are looking for a comfortable snowshoe to take on trails - FORGET IT!

            I upgraded to a pair of 10x36 GV Winter Trails and they are head and shoulders above the Denalis for comfort and functionality.

            Great First Snowshoes

              If you are just getting into snowshoeing you will sacrifice nothing by buying these. I have used them in the shallow heave snow of Pennsylvania and the deep light fluff of Utah. They have great traction and hold up well to rocks and rust. The bindings are strong and easy to use. I do recommend the 4 inch float tails though. I like MSR better than tubbs, atlas, and redfeather snowshoes.

              Great Snowshoes!

                These snowshoes are awesome! I have used these shoes many times and they are great. I am pretty hard on my gear and these shoes can definitely take whatever you throw at them. They are great for high altitude approaches, with the built in steel rails for additional traction. If you are in need of a bombproof pair of snowshoes that will keep you high and clear of snow, get these plus the long tails, you won't regret it.

                These suck!

                  I highly recommend trying these out before buying them... even if they seem like a deal you can't pass up. They are awkward when trying to step over obstacles, or turn around. The rough sides wear on snow pants and gators. They are heavier than most other snowshoes. The extension, for extra flotation, flexes too much and reduces stabilization. The bindings are unsuitable for anything less than a heavier boot, and are cumbersome to get in and out of.

                  Very nice...

                    Straight up, a good pair of snowshoes. Even in the sinking powder of Utah, these little suckers kept me afloat, reasonably...I would like to add the flotation tails for that extra lift, even with the weight and size added to a backpack, it would be worth the extra lift. Otherwise, sturdy, with a good amount of crampons.

                    Sturdy, dependable backcountry snowshoe

                      The Denali was meant for adventure. The plastic base provides an excellent, rugged platform for remote snowshoeing. I've found the crampons work very well on slopes up to 50 degrees. The sturdiness of the shoe will allow for a bit of kick-step if the snow isn't too hard. Descents are mind-boggling - if your ankle can handle the angle you'll find plenty of traction. The traction is so superb, many users will find themselves in situations probably not meant for a set of snowshoes. While the stability is confidence-inspiring, remote users should be adequately prepared for alpine routes and have training and gear for self-arrest in the event of a fall down a slope.

                      In retrospect, I would have ponied up for the Denali Evo's to get the "televator" heel lift bar, but I haven't found the lack of one to be that limiting. I'd consider it more of a nicety than a requirement.

                      For all ages

                        I am 60 years old and not a jock by any means. This is my 4th pair of Denalis. As soon as anyone sees them they want a pair for Christmas. Mine are always being borrowed so I now have two pairs on hand at all times. I use them almost everyday in the winter while walking my dogs in the local woods and fields. I have some arthritis and the lightness and stability they afford are the main reason I can continue hiking in the winter. I would recommend them to anyone and I have!

                        Denalis are great!

                          WE live at the top of a mt. pass, so we have practically a daily snowshoe hike when we get the dog out for exercise. It's a neighborhood outting often, as many of us join up and take off on our snow shoes. We all have tried many different shoes, and for the recreationalist the Denalis are the favorite! They are quite easy to get on and off, and stay on well. The tread design is very helpful in not sliding down steep parts of the trail. For deeper snow the added tails are helpful.
                          They are the shoe of choice in our neighborhood!! :-)

                          Great first pair

                            I purchased these as my first pair of snowshoes for mellow hikes & ski approaches (where snow is too deep for skinning). They are very light weight and not a strain on the pack. It only takes a couple of seconds to put them on, which is great in cold weather when you just want to keep moving. They have worked great in deep snow and anything moderately steep.

                            Great Price Performer

                              This is a great snowshoe for the price. I don't think that the Denali EVO is worth the additional price for limited, if any noticeable improvement.

                              I like the stiffness of the plastic deck compared to those with a fabric type deck. The flotation tails work well and are a plus when going from broken/groomed trail and back. Just pop them off and on.

                              I am NOT disappointed that these don't have the televator feature. My friend has it and did not find it useful on short steep terrain or long rolling hills.

                              Great affordable snowshoes!

                                These MSR Denali Classic snowshoes are wonderful. They have extensive gripping elements molded into the plastic base with metal reinforcements. They are especially good at holding grip when traversing avalanche chutes and around tree wells in the snow. The bindings are very easy to use one handed. They are lightweight yet strong. And they are a bargain. I've used a pair of these for half a dozen trips now, and I was impressed enough to buy a pair of my own rather than borrow or rent. Highly recommended. Good value for the money.

                                I have had these shoes for almost 10 years...

                                I have had these shoes for almost 10 years - they are great. The heel strap on my red pair just snapped and wondered if there was a place to get a replacement pair. I have found some online for $5.50 but the shipping ends up being more than the straps... any thoughts out there? can I go to a local REI? Can't find them many places.

                                the back of my snowshoes come off while...

                                the back of my snowshoes come off while hiking, is there a way to secure them in place or am I just putting them on wrong???

                                The thing I always tell folks using our snowshoes is that the straps need to be pulled tight, especially on the heal. If they are pulled tight (holes on the straps should look elongated) then they should stay on. If they are not pulled tight, the post will most likely come out without much effort. It's the strap tension that keeps the straps from coming off.

                                The straps that go over the toes and heel can be adjusted so they don't put too much tension over the top of the foot, but the heel is a different story. Pull it tight!

                                do you need gators with msr classics?

                                do you need gators with msr classics?

                                It really depends on what kind of pants you plan on wearing and where you are going. All snowshoes are going to throw snow up at the back of your legs. If you wear ski pants then no, you don't need gaiters. Most already have them built in, plus they are water resistant. If you are not wearing ski pants, they would be a good idea, especially if you plan on trekking through some deep snow or fluffy pow.

                                Is this snow shoes are sold in 2pieces? In...

                                Is this snow shoes are sold in 2pieces?
                                In other worlds, is it consist of 2 shoes?

                                Yes, they are sold as a set. However, if you want tails, they are sold seperately. Tails are used to help make the snowshoe longer allowing the user to use these snowshoes in deeper snow. Most of the time (and depending on weight of the user and how much weight is carried) the tails are not needed.

                                Has anybody tried these things for hunting...

                                Has anybody tried these things for hunting yet?

                                Best Answer

                                These are great, classic, durable snowshoes. But even with the extra flotation tail, these still won't provide flotation like the old-school basket-type snowshoes (e.g., the old Army magnesium snow shoes) in really deep snow with heavy loads. If you're pulling a sled/pulk to haul the majority of your load, these would work. And if the snow isn't too deep, these should be fine as well. These are amazing snowshoes because of all the traction aids incorporated: rail-style crampon points and front claw points for packed snow and ice; ladder-style rideges molded into the plastic for extra traction on soft and moderate snow. I love these things! Used 'em both for work (Army in Alaska) and recreation.

                                im totally new to snowshoes, will these...

                                im totally new to snowshoes, will these or any other snow shoes work with my snowboard boots?

                                What kind of boots work best with snowshoes?...

                                What kind of boots work best with snowshoes? Any recommendations or does it depend upon the particular snowshoe?

                                Where can I acquire (buy) pins and spring...

                                Where can I acquire (buy) pins and spring holders for MSR Denali Classic Snoeshoes? I need replacement for heel area.

                                Write your question here... Are these...

                                Write your question here... Are these snowshoes for men or women or doesn't it matter? I thought usually they are made for gender specific. Thanks, Beth

                                I have never snowshoed and received Denali...

                                I have never snowshoed and received Denali Evo Ascent snowshoes at Christmas. What kind of boots are best to wear when using these snowshoes? I am 5 feet tall and weigh 130 lbs. Thanks.

                                Best Answer

                                Congratulations! They are amazing snowshoes...As far as boots go, it all depends how quickly your feet get cold. When I snowshoe, I generally take a pair of Gore-tex or eVent uninsulated hiking boots (the gore-tex or eVent keeps the melting snow from entering the boot) and a pair of thick Merino Wool socks. My favorites are the Kayland Vertigo Boots and Bridgedale Summit Socks. This is all the warmth I need even when the temps dip down to the 0 degree F mark because while snowshoeing, your working hard enough to keep your body warm (the hands are the only things that get cold on me). However, if your feet are always cold, I would recommend a 200gr Thinsulate insulated boot like the Sorel Timberwolf Women's Boot. I also like a full leather boot (the Timberwolfs are plenty stiff) because they generally are structurally stiffer and thus accommodate the pressure applied by the snowshoes straps.

                                Write your question here...Is there a...

                                Write your question here...Is there a recommended weight for the Denali Classic? I am 165lbs. and would like the option of adding a possible 45lb. pack. Should I be considering other options? Are the tail add ons sufficient to compensate the additional weight?Thank you.

                                I would highly recommend this shoe. It does take common sense to use it (unlike some of the reviews below) and the binding is actually incredibly stable and shouldn't let your foot move at all. IF USED CORRECTLY you shouldn't have any migration of your feet and large boots should fit as well. The best usage of these shoes is in rough terrain (ie. traversing, intermittent snow and rocks/dirt, etc.). Also it should be realized that the suspension system is contained in the actual flexing of the shoe, not in the pivot. This is a huge advantage.I weigh 175lbs. and often carry a 30lb pack. If I take tails, they will only be the 4 inch. The float on these shoes is more than adequate and the maneuverability is really were these shine. There is a reason why so many people dig this shoe. Of course there will be a few who don't understand it or have issues with how it's to be put on, but those who can figure it out really see the benefits.

                                I weigh 200 pounds and with pack maybe up...

                                I weigh 200 pounds and with pack maybe up to 250. Will this support me?

                                This all depends on what type of snow you will be in. If you're in deep snow (30" powder) you will most likely sink up to, or past, your waist. This is ok as a snowshoe is intended to displace the snow, not allow you to walk on top of it. This keeps you from 'post-holing'. If you are anywhere from 6' to 24' of snow that is semi-firm, firm, or hardpacked, these shoes will be all you need. However, the Denali's allow for the tail option which increases the length by 4" or 8" (resulting in a 25" snowshoe and a 30" snowshoe respectfully) depending on the size of tail and the snow conditions you find yourself in. Know, however, that by adding on tails, it takes away from the shoes maneuverability. They also become heavier on your feet. These are compromises you must consider...One of the benefits of the MSR Denalis is that they provide a very stable platform which will give you added stability and far better traction. Maneuverability is also a huge plus (metal on metal pivot) and they are the most durable snowshoes on the planet. They are an incredible value as well when compared to traditional tube and decking shoes. Bottom Line - Get them with the 8 inch tails and you will be fine - Mike

                                1. When does the sale and free gift offer...

                                1. When does the sale and free gift offer expire?2. Are there different colors to choose from?3) Any difference between men & women?

                                There are only 27 left so my guess is that you will have to act FAST before they sell out.Red and Black are available. Use the pull down menu up top to see options.These can be used by both sexes.Flotation tails are available for purchase if your weight/flotation is a concern.

                                What is the deifference between the MSR...

                                What is the deifference between the MSR Denali Classic and The MSR Denali Evo? I know the Evo Ascent adds the tele-lifter to the Evo).

                                Do these have the climbing bars, or can...

                                Do these have the climbing bars, or can they be added? By climbing bars I mean the thing you flip up under your heels to lessen the strain on your calfs when climbing up steep terrain.

                                No these are not available with climbing bars, nor can they be added.For a shoe featuring heel rises, check out the MSR Denali Evo Ascent Snowshoe:

                                I have size 13 snowboard boots - will MSR...

                                I have size 13 snowboard boots - will MSR Denali Classic Snowshoe fit my boots?

                                yes. The Denali Classic snowshoe is designed to fit anywhere from a womens 4 to a mens 14. This is nice as well if you ever want to loan your shoes out!I would recommend a smaller boot for snowshoeing for a tighter binding fit & definitely one that is insulated. I wear a size 14/15 boot and while it does fit into the binding, these snow shoes are far from ideal for big feet. Because the binding is soft, rather than the moulded plastic found on an Atlas or a GV, it is easier for your boot to slide off to the side. Wen combined with the fact that the binding is on a fixed bar rather than a spring suspension, it becomes difficult to walk on uneven ground without having your boot slide off. It will work, it's just not the best.I totally disagree with the last comment...If you secure the binding in properly, you shouldn't have any migration of the foot, no matter what size your foot is. This requires that you really stretch the binding around the feet. It is also recommended that the footwear you use is be structurally stiff to accommodate the extra pull you'll give the straps (don't worry, they won't break:)). A stiffer binding material doesn't have anything to do with it, but rather, the pivot is what dictates how much the foot will move around when trying to maneuver the snowshoe. Because these snowshoes utilize a metal-on-metal pivot, you shouldn't have any problem with foot migration.