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Strap on the MSR Denali Evo Ascent snowshoe, and head for the steep hills this winter.

The MSR Denali Evo Ascent Snowshoe is incredibly efficient for snowshoeing in steep terrain thanks to its Televator heel lifter. When the going gets steep, just pull up this heel lifter, and your foot will remain flat even when you're walking straight up a steep incline. Keeping your feet flat also reduces the stress on your calves, so you can travel further. Available tail attachments increase flotation in deep snow. The MSR Denali Evo Ascent snowshoe has a powder-coated steel crampon which sheds the stickiest snow and bites into hardpack with ease.

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5 5

Great snowshoe!

I love these for simple effective performance I can rely on. The heel lift is great but you need to be flexible to pop it up or down in action. They grab well and keep me out of the deep snow of Washington. I'm 200 lbs and have not used the tails yet but usually use my split board in the deep soft powder. The size and weight of these make the decision to bring them along on hikes easier so you use them more. Warning, lots of sharp points on these due to the effective metal tread and chisel front on them.

5 5

Heavy wet snow w/ heavy weight

I purchased three sets to take supplies into a mountain (VA hill) cabin. The climb was 3 miles and up 2000 feet into Bath County VA. I took three baseball player who had never seen snow shoes and were greater than 200 pounds plus 50 to 70 pound packs. I was concerned about the stress put on the Denali EVO ascent snowshoes. They were so easy to use that we nearly forgot we had them on until one fell and realized the snow was over 3 feet deep. The trip in and out yielded no bending or wear on the hidge pins that other reviews' identified weakness anywhere...excellent design!

5 5

Heavy wet snow w/ heavy weight

I purchased three sets to take supplies into a mountain (VA hill) cabin. The climb was 3 miles and up 2000 feet into Bath County VA. I took three baseball player who had never seen snow shoes and were greater than 200 pounds plus 50 to 70 pound packs. I was concerned about the stress put on the Denali EVO ascent snowshoes. They were so easy to use that we nearly forgot we had them on until one fell and realized the snow was over 3 feet deep. The trip in and out yielded no bending or wear on the hidge pins that other reviews' identified weakness anywhere...excellent design!

5 5

If you're ascending steeps, there's none better!

I backcountry snowboard in the Tahoe area. Ideally, I'd use a splitboard for climbing steeps, but until I can afford one, these do pretty well. I have been out with groups of 8-10 snowshoers on several occasions, and these have outperformed every snowshoe I have seen.

The option to use tails on these shoes is awesome. If the snow is firm, going without the tails makes life much easier. The shoes are light and small. When there is powder, attaching the tails is pretty easy. I will say the tails are a little annoying if you're on flatter terrain. In this case, your foot is not centered over the snowshoe and you have to lean back and weight your heel with every step. However, the tails work perfectly on steeps because one's weight naturally goes toward the heel as the snowshoes are angled upward. Not only do the tails provide more float on powder, they also provide more gripping surface so your snowshoes are less prone to sliding backwards when heading up the soft stuff.

Laterally, these snowshoes are awesome as well. There is lots of grip on the edges, so you don't have to worry as much about a snowshoe dropping off the side of the trail.

Regarding complaints about noise, I've experienced some noise while on flats. However, these snowshoes are called Evo Ascents for a reason: They're made for ascension. During climbs, I've never had an issue with noise.

I'm still not sure if there is a real difference between the Evo Ascents and the Ascents. A buddy of mine is hiking with the regular Ascents and seems to have every advantage that I do over the rest of the group.

I have been using a pair of Salomon snow...

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I have been using a pair of Salomon snow shoes, the x type, and they are great for my purpose. However, I cannot find them and I need a reserve pair so I am buying the Denali EVO ascent. I need snow shoes to get into and out of my farm's remote pastures. This means life or death to my horses. I need to hay and water EVERY day, and to get there I cross streams, go through gates, and cross drifts 6 ft. high or more. I need non slip, and easy turning because I pull a sled with 80+ pounds of hay behind me. Are these Evo's a good choice? I'm a 63 yr old female, 170 lbs. with back pack.

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Though I recently purchased a pair of these I've yet to use them. I broke/wore out my pair of Redfeather Hike tubular snowshoes.

I would think that these should outperform your current snowshoes. I have snowshoed with many people who had the originally Denalis and their out performance of my snowshoes led me to purchase the Denali Evo Ascents.

Without knowing the snow conditions you face it is hard to recommend whether or not you could use the added flotation of the 6 inch tails or if you should consider the wider Denali Ascent with the 4 or 8 inch tails.

How do these compare with the Atlas BC 24?...

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How do these compare with the Atlas BC 24? I've looked at both up close and they both seem to collapse very well. I'm look for a pair of snowshoes for hiking in the backcountry & boarding.

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Both are solid choices - with decent collapsing (as you mentioned) and ascender bars to help with hiking up steeper climbs.

I'd go with the MSRs for a few reasons, though:
- The MSRs bindings tend to work just a bit better with a large range of boots.
- The traction bars and other related hiking features on these far exceed the Atlas set. Depending on how much hard snow, ice and uphills you encounter, these are tough to beat.

Go for the MSR Denali's - you won't be sorry!

Is there a right and left shoe?
When I...

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Is there a right and left shoe?
When I pull straps to tighten how do the metal prongs fit into the holes in the strap, Hard to describe but they do not fit naturally in holes well?

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Technically there isn't a left and right shoe, but MSR recommends wearing the shoes with the buckles on the inside of the foot.

I'm not quite sure how to answer your question about the straps and the prongs. I just pull to the tightness I want and then find the nearest hole to the prong and it pops in. I will say that it's more just the tip of the prong that's in the hole, not the whole length, but I've never had a problem with the straps loosening while I was wearing the shoe.

Hope that helps!

2 5

Denali Ascent need to be redesigned

Hello Again,

They are perfect for tourists that stay in trails and fail when you need them the most. Broke, again, a second set shoes where the plastic front edge meets the metal blade. Steel frame would need to run up to the front of the shoe.

The Televator™ heel lifters is constanly popping out of the steel frame.

The back heel have to be replaced with non stretchable straps as when you accelerate too fast or put too much stress on it then on a slope, the Televator™ will simply close by itself! When you run or walk with heavy gear up a slope you hear a pop (Televator™ closes) then shoe no longer grips properly, sending you dansgerously to the buttom.

Need to firmly secure the heel strap as it slips out of its side clips.

It is simply not for me guy's. Will go for the Russian secure version.


Sylvain Robillard (

4 5

Quick and comfortable

I regularly use these snowshoes for backcountry snowboarding and hiking. They are comfortable to wear, quick to put on, lightweight, and strong. They don't feel clunky and work well in hard-packed conditions to 8-10" powder (without using flotation tails). The traction is great for steeper ascents and the tapered tail makes for quick movement.

Additionally, these snowshoes are at a good price point and should last a number of years.

so, I am 5'6" 180 lbs, carrying usually a...

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so, I am 5'6" 180 lbs, carrying usually a 20lb pack and I hate the shoes with the long tails. I'm wondering about the evo ascents versus the lightning and saw your comments about regular denalis with the 30" tails. I had long snowshoes up Castle Peak in icy conditions, 45 degree angle and found them ridiculously cumbersome. what about lightning 22 or 25 and carrying tails?. What would you recommend?

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If you don't like long snowshoes most of the time, you're probably going to be better off going with a modular snowshoe like the Evo Ascent. The tails for the Evo Ascent are 6" tails, so they will give you a fair bit of flotation if you need it. The Lightning/Lightning Ascent is a fixed-length snowshoe; there's no option to add tails to that design. MSR's selection guide ( puts a 200 lb person on the Evo Ascent + tails for soft or soft & deep (deeper than 30") snow, or the Lightning/Lightning Ascent 25", maybe the 30" for soft & deep snow.

If you're not going to be in powder all the time where you need the extra length and you don't like having a longer shoe, I'd go with the Evo Ascent.

5 5

Heavy Duty

I am 6'4 and 275lbs. i ran a 5k snowshoe race in these bad boys. The worked great and I didn't have a problem with them. The were comfortable and snug the entire time.

5 5


On a 2mile snowboard approach with 2,100 feet vetical they Televator (heel lifters) were a lifesaver. My calf muscles were saved, so I had enough leg to ride down. Everything works well and they are light and comfortable. I would highly recommend these over any Redfeather, Tubbs or Atlas tube framebv I have used.

Hey guys. I'm 6'7" 240 lbs with a size 14...

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Hey guys. I'm 6'7" 240 lbs with a size 14 shoe. I want to back pack in soft Colorado powder on the Grand Mesa at 10,000 ft. I carry a 40 lb pack when I go. I tried a pair of Denali Evo Ascent with 8 inch tails. What shoe do you recommend will float me and my gear in deep powder. I just tried it and simply ended up postholeing going nowhere. Threw in the towel 5 miles in and just parked it. Also, do they make larger powder baskets for the MSR poles? Mine just sunk and provided no help.

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Unfortunately the grim reality is you will sink in deep powder no matter what snowshoe you wear. There are options such as the 30 inch MSR Lightning Ascents that would give you more loft and accommodate your shoe size much better. These are far more aggressive snowshoes but the pair weighs less than the Evo Ascents with tails. Really they are amazing snowshoes. These are the ones I would recommend.

As far as the trekking pole snow baskets are concerned, Komperdell makes the poles for MSR which means that you could use any basket they make. Komperdell does make a larger basket for deep powder, although I don't know where they're sold. I would do a search for Komperdell dealers and/or poles to see where you might be able to purchase them. You may be able to get them directly from Komperdell.

One thing to remember is the modern day snowshoe isn't made to keep you on top of the snow, but rather displace the snow allowing you to not posthole. The best technique is to lift your foot out of the snow just enough to allow the very front of the snowshoe to be exposed and then push the snow. If you pick up your feet completely out of the snow you're defeating the purpose of the snowshoe.

As far as the size of snowshoes go, the general rule is if I'm sinking above my waist then I should get a size bigger snowshoe. You should normally sink about knee deep, and if you're carrying weight it's likely you will sink about mid thigh in the kind of snow you're experiencing on the Grand Mesa.

5 5

gotta love adjustable.

my favorite thing about these shoes is the versatility. I have the 10 inch extensions as well, and it great to be able to shorten these down on the spring days and lengthen them out for those heavy pow ones. Plenty of traction, the bindings hold well and fit every pair of boots i've thrown at them, and they make life easier off-piste. What more could you want?

5 5

Good for spring snow

These work great for spring or summer snow. For powdery snow in the winter they just don't do much, unless you buy the separate tails I suppose. Otherwise the grip is great and the straps are easy to use.

What material is the "new" stand up entry...

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What material is the "new" stand up entry binding made of in the MSR Denali Evo Ascent Snowshoe?

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When compared to the Denali Classics, MSR's entry level shoe, the 'new' binding on the Evo Ascent has a more durable polymer (vs. the hypalon-type material used on the Denali Classic) that's been proven in extreme temperatures and conditions. It allows the binding to remain flexible in super cold temps, it has a tendency to stand up allowing for easy entry, but it also collapses for easy packing. The texture on the bottom of the binding help to keep the foot from sliding as well.

The other benefit are the aluminum pieces that allow for easier strap adjustments. These are not only easier, but more securely hold the strap in place when things get wet and icy. The MSR Evo Ascents are one of the most durable and capable backcountry snowshoe you can buy...

what does this product do exactly?

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what does this product do exactly?

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Uh...not sure how to answer this? If you're serious, then I will tell you they are snowshoes. If you don't know what that is, I would recommend googling it.

MSR Denali Evo Ascents are on the intermediate/advanced spectrum of snowshoeing. So, if you like to climb, need durability, want to use more aggressive boots, traction is a must, and like the idea of extending your snowshoes based on the snow conditions and weight you're carrying, these snowshoes are the best available.

5 5

Snowboarders, these are for you

I think these are the better choice than the more expensive msr lightning ascents for backcountry snowboarding. This is why...
~packability- the denali's have a smaller frame than the lighting and they pack a little more flat on your pack so you can better enjoy the ride down.
~versatility- while these are smaller than the lightings, you can purchase the 6" extenders, which are easy to mount (even in cold), lightweight and packable, allowing these relatively small snowshoes to adapt to and overcome deep snow conditions.
~I've tried Tubbs and Atlas snowshoes and between the ease of adjustment, the ascender clips, the traction, and the overall weight and dimensions this is my favorite snowshoe. Perfect for getting me to the gnarly big mountain lines in AK.

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