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Stay up as you go up.

When the going gets steep and deep, strap a pair of MSR’s Evo Ascent Snowshoes to your boots and stay on top of winter alpine conditions. The Evo Ascents feature one of MSR’s most aggressive traction systems and are designed to perform on backcountry adventures over rugged, uneven terrain.

  • Integrated, side-mounted Unibody Traction Rails grip ice and provide stability over uneven ground—aggressive tooth cut provides more traction than MSR’s standard Evo model
  • Pivot Crampon shares a rotating hinge with your binding to provide secure traction regardless of your foot position or the angle of terrain
  • PosiLock AT bindings employ three foot straps and a heel strap to provide all-weather, glove-friendly stability, while also accommodating a wide range of footwear
  • Modular Flotation Tail (5 inch connector piece) allows you to custom-tailor your footprint size to match trail conditions—attach it when expecting powder, and leave it off for hardpack
  • The Televator heel lift system reduces calf fatigue, conserves energy, and improves traction when traveling uphill—intuitive design engages in seconds with a simple flick of your pole

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4 5

Evo Ascent snowshoe

This was my first pair of snowshoes, so I don't have a lot to compare them with, but I can say that they were awesome. They're very light, I'm about 165 lbs and even without the flotation tails I could break trail fairly easily. The crampons give more traction than I thought! The Televators are pretty easy to pull up while you're walking, you can pretty much do it while walking with enough practice. Putting them down is slightly harder, but I was fumbling around with a full pack and a snowboard on my back so...that was probably my own fault. For shoeing around it doesn't get much better than these!

4 5

These are great!!!! Get them!

I’ve tried a ton of different snowshoes out there, and these are by far the most versatile. They are nice and light, so you won’t mind attaching them to your backpack just in case your nemesis, the posthole come out. I also like the fact that you can add 4” or 6” fins to them for added floatation in the fluffiest powder. The fact that they are a flexible plastic and don’t have a ton of rivets makes them a little safer in the backcountry without bringing a ton of repair gear. I’m 6’ 1” tall and weigh 245lbs without gear, and close to 300lbs with my mountaineering pack. With the added 6” fins, I’m perfectly on top of the snow with a ton of weight. I keep them off when I’m strolling around with only a small daypack. These are awesome. You will not be sorry.

2 5

Not a fan

I bought these to backpack through the white mountain in mid march adn they were worthless, crampons did a better job. they offer no float in power even with the 6 inch tails and the straps are unusable with gloves on and the rubber looses all its stretch in the sub zero temperatures. I would not recommend these for any mountaineering on well marked trails. Really disappointed with this poduct considering its made by MSR.

Not a fan
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The Tour series has a much nicer binding system granted it needs to be set up ahead of time, I did have similar problems with float in deep powder, I've heard the Lightening are better suited for such conditions. The straps on these are tough to use.

5 5

great grip

Great grip on deep new snow. if you going up or down the hills. use it in sweden after a week of snow storm! save my trip

Suggestions on packing these for BC...

Suggestions on packing these for BC snowboarding? I'm looking for a durable, comfortable backpack that I can stow these in while snowboarding. Any recommendations appreciated.

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I have strapped them to the back of my Osprey Atmos as well as an old Camelbak Snobound. I would pick something that has some external straps as they are pretty large and the traction rails could do a number on your pack. It is much easier to strap them to the outside of your pack

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I have not put them inside a pack yet, just to keep my other gear dry. so far I've used the Camelback Hellion, Dakine pro 2 and the black diamond outlaw. the outlaw and pro 2 have the better straps for attaching them to the vertical snowboard carry straps. they would fit inside if you had a dry sack to put them into. Hope that helped

4 5

Cool shoes bra!!

I like these snowshoes a lot, they perform quite well in the mountains. I love the heel elevators but I wish the rubber tabs didn't slide to the sides and become annoyingly hard to grab sometimes. I love the bindings initial clip system but hate the secondary pin that is supposed to hold the excess strap. Trying to clip the excess strap down is difficult, and really hard when wearing mittens or gloves in the snow. Luckily I usually leave the secondary clip unsecured and haven't had any problems yet. These things feel great on the trail, they flex quite well and the traction bars bite into the snow and ice well on uneven terrain. The tails are a must have for any powder, you'll appreciate the extra 6" of shoe. I love how easy the tails attach to the shoes, it's really quick and unlike the binding system- easy with gloves.. Overall I want to love these, but there are a couple of really minor flaws preventing a 5 star rating. The binding issue is just silly, nobody noticed that while testing these? =)

Update: After completing a few decent solo treks this winter in the White Mtns I'm still sticking with 4 stars, 5 if the secondary clips worked better on the bindings. Garfield ridge trail had several feet of fresh powder which these did pretty well in. I didn't have problems sinking in as other reviewers have mentioned and was quite mobile. I have found that anything with a crust of 1-2" is annoying, but that's pretty typical with any shoes. I have used these shoes in 10 below zero temps and the bindings have remained flexible enough to attach, the problem is the excess strap clips. After a couple hundred miles this winter, 50,000+/- ft, they are holding up very well.

Why would you choose the EVO above the...

Why would you choose the EVO above the lightning ascents? In other words what are the pro's / cons. I will be using these mainly in Switzerland for walking in the mountains (and around the house in Davos), mostly on covered up foot/ mountain-bike paths (these tend to get very icy in spring!). Maybe an occasional ascent to a summit. Any advice?

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These will do nicely on snowed-over paths and even on some icy terrain. They are lightweight, functional, and dependable. However, the lightning ascents are MUCH more aggressive and sturdy, and are built using stronger materials throughout. I'm a big fan of the lightning ascents and would recommend them to anyone serious about backcountry and alpine-ascent snowshoeing.

Happy trails!

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Many thanks, since there isn't much of a price difference now, I 'm going for the lightning ascents!!

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I like the bindings on the tour line more, I have a duck stance when I walk, and the straps are easier to use in a "set and forget" way.

5 5

Very Nice Backcountry Shoes

I really like the bindings on these snowshoes. Easy on/Easy off and super adjustable. They climb really well. The heel lift works like a charm and minimizes the grade on steep ascents. Durability doesn't seem to be a concern, as I've used them on several trips and they are still awesome. I spend most of my time on steep, packed trail, and these excel, both to and from the summit. The only minor grip I have is that when wearing thicker boots, the front buckle sometimes get caught on the snowshoes body as I'm taking a step (when the snowshoe is falling away from the foot).But, minute adjustments can remedy that. Bomber snowshoe here!

4 5

Bomber gea

Just got done a few days in the white mountains with these shoes, and they rock. They were light and the bindings held great. I had the tails for deep powder, and without tails, they were great on steep ascents. The crampons bit hard and held on hard packed snow and icy sections. Highly recommend these!

3 5

The straps suck

These snowshoes are legit but the straps suck. You have to take your gloves off to push the strap over the little metal stud. The main hook I easy to do with gloves on but if you don't put the little one on too then it comes undone.

I'm at 156 Lbs. with no Gear, geared up...

I'm at 156 Lbs. with no Gear, geared up maybe at 165-175 how would these work for me should I go with something differant???

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These should work great. I am 200 without gear and they keep me afloat without the tails in all but the freshest lightest snow.

What about heel drift? When I used the...

What about heel drift? When I used the old MSR Denalis (now branded MSR Evo), I had a big problem with my heels kicking out when traveling accross a hill, perpendicular to the fall line.

Any problems with toes sliding too far forward on descents? No matter how tight I strapped the Denalis, on descents the boot would eventually slide so far forward that it would get caught on the front board, and my toe eventually snapped it.

Granted, both of these issuse may be from me pushing the equipment beyond what it was intended for, but it'd be nice to know if the highend pairs can handle it.

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These were designed to be used on hills. I recently did an ascent and decent of Mt Washington on them and had no problems with my feet being out of place, though when i started my decent I had to tighten the straps once to keep my feet in place.

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I have had some minor heel drift with these shoes, but it's usually after the initial strap in. I typically have to strap in and put on some miles before I re-strap the bindings which are then usually good for the duration. The same applies to descending with these, usually after you log some miles tighten the straps again real quick and you should be just fine. I have worn these all day long with 10,000+ of up and down without issues by just re-tightening after a few miles. Hope that helps!

Why would I want the evo ascent over the...

Why would I want the evo ascent over the evo tour?

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The Ascent has a more secure binding. The tour is faster to put on, but the Ascent really wraps around your whole foot and will never come loose.

2 5

Posilock bindings are difficult!

Although these are nice snowshoes for women, comparing the bodies of 4 year old EVO ascent they are THE SAME except for the posilock bindings. The bindings are a great design but they are DIFFICULT to use. The only thing I have found is the tag says to affix the middle binding FIRST. I will try that.

So the construction of the snowshoe is no different when I compared the crampon and size of a man's pair of evo ascents that were 4 years old.

Only the bindings are different.

5 5

great snowshoe!

just unboxed my MSR Evo Accents and gave them a good test run. We have about 12 to 14 inches of hard pack snow and about 3 inches of powder here in Northwest Montana. Took them on a eight mile trek over some very uneven ground and had to cross a lot of logs and brush. The snowshoes were almost a joy to wear and were like not wearing any at all the crampons made for excellent traction both on icy spots and going down steep grades. I never had to turn sideways and crab walk while going down just headed straight down and the traction did the rest. Hiking out I headed up a steep hillside and used the Televator heels and they worked excellent! All in all a very good snowshoe, it made for a great day of hiking. The only complaint I have is on the design of the bindings. They are very awkward to attach and and impossible to do so with a gloved hand, not something you'll be doing in a hurry. The bindings were also uncomfortable with the light boots I was wearing, I may have had them to tight, but I am to stubborn to stop and readjust them. Altogether I was impressed with the product and would recommend them to anyone from Beginner to expert. i can't wait till I can find some deep powder and try the extension tails.

3 5

All good except....

I had great difficulty in fixing the strap into the steel retainers with cold fingers and hard rubber. I eventually had to go inside the lodge after 30 mins and try again. I nearly had to abort my snoeshoe hike as I could not walk in the shoes without it tied down. You'd think they'd test these shoes under real conditions? Unfortunately for this reason I had to return the shoes.

Do the "televators" really work? I'm...

Do the "televators" really work? I'm skeptical about them staying locked into place and not bending under my weight (6'2" 200lbs).

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They work remarkably well. Not only do they reduce calf fatigue but they increase traction by helping to distribute the weight more evenly during accents. I'm 5'10" 160 and they feel solid under my heels, and have never had a problem with an inadvertent disengagement.

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I can also testify. I used them to hike up to Tukerman's Ravine last winter. I weigh 200 plus my gear and they were solid the whole way.

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You're in luck. I am 6'2" and 200lbs unloaded. I used these snowshoes today to climb a 14er(Quandary) in Colorado. Powder below treeline and crazy windblown snow above. I used the televators on the way up and kept glancing down because I was suprised at how solid they worked. They are only about 2 inchs but it seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

I am a 5.5 ft women and weigh 125 lbs....

I am a 5.5 ft women and weigh 125 lbs. Just bought the MSR Lightning Ascent 22s and wondering if I should of bought the EVO Ascent. I am not sure what the difference is other than the price.

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There are advantages for the Lightning snowshoes and the Evo Snowshoes. However, the flagship shoes for MSR are the Lightning Ascents. They are lighter than the Evos, have better traction, are quieter, and (for the women's model) are narrower making them easier to walk in. The Evos main advantage is their durability (although the Lightnings are very solid). There are very few pieces of gear that are as bomber as the Evos.

Both snowshoes are awesome, but the Lightnings are definitely a step up. And for 2010, you can add tails to the Lightnings making it equal to the Evos in that sense. Enjoy your new snowshoes and be confident that you made an excellent choice!