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- Integrated, side-mounted Unibody Traction Rails grip ice and provide stability over uneven ground—aggressive tooth cut provides more traction than MSR's other Evo models
- 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
- 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
- Optional modular Flotation Tail (5-inch connector piece) allows you to custom-tailor your footprint size to match trail conditions—attach it when expecting powder, or leave it off for hardpack (sold separately)
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do the straps really hold well? Can I wear...
do the straps really hold well? Can I wear any hiking boot? or should I plan to have a rubber type boot like a Sorel
Yes... they hold really well. I don't have the Evos but I have the Lightning Ascents and it looks like they have exactly the same bindings . You can see some detail photos of the bindings I posted over here: http://www.backcountry.com/msr-lightning-ascent?rr=t
Bottom line is these bindings are just about the best available out there. The straps are stretchy, so you can get them snug around any type of boot--no rubber required.
Also, since there are three top straps, that means you can get a really secure fit AND you're not SOL should one of the straps break (which, btw, they won't).
No moving parts on the binding. No quick clips to break, etc. Just these rubber straps and some metal hooks. Foolproof.
MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I really like these snowshoes-the original designer of the plastic snowshoe.
The bindings can still be a pain at times-sometimes do come loose but I can deal with it. Usually only one strap comes undone.
THe heel televator is sweet-works well.
I have crossed horrible terrain in these-rocks and so forth and they still come out strong. Very durable. Hundreds of miles on these. Plan on using them alot more this winter.
Lastly-they are made in the US. WOrth the money.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love my ascents. they are light and provide awesome stability on my hikes though the pow. built right and don't slow you down like some other shoes i've owned.
I'm happy with them
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I use it on a very soft snow (I sink 1m down in the soft snow) the snowshoes held up for miles.
I'm happy with them
The one star that I take out is for it look not bomb proof
Owned them for years..
Great snowshoes that are tough as nails. I have owned mine for years and they just keep going and going with zero issues. The tail extensions help with flotation when and where you need it. The heel lift is great for going up hills .
I noticed the Evo Ascent don't have a...
I noticed the Evo Ascent don't have a corresponding Women's snowshoe. Is the Evo Ascent good for both genders, then?
Yes, they only come in the one size and unisex.
The bindings make for easy adjustment, even down to a small foot/boot.
I was playing with ideas for keeping snowshoes together and attached to a pack, besides the obvious protruding tool-carry under the pack lid or A-frame, and came up with a prusik loop girth-hitched to a carabiner. I like this better than little velcro strips to fumble with gloved fingers plus you have an extra prusik and 'biner!
The attached image is a "front and back" side-by-side
I love these! They are light, have really good grip with the built in crampons and they are comfortable on my feet. I use them in Colorado for fairly steep hiking. The heel riser is an excellent touch. I shopped around a lot for snowshoes before I got these. I have no regrets.
Good Grip, but broke on first use (3.5 stars)
I like the Evo Ascents for winter mountaineering 14ers in Colorado because the crampons are excellent, the snowshoes are lightweight, and the heel-risers are a blessing for sore calves. The plastic is even pretty durable all around and can take a beating on snow covered talus. I rented these a few times before and then bought a pair, and the pair I bought broke the first time I used it. The small hinge connected the toe piece to the plastic broke off on one side, leaving me somewhat screwed on 7 miles of snowy ridgeline and steep descents to get back to the trailhead. Fortunately the other side held up even with the additional stress. The pin connecting the toe piece to the plastic does seem to be the weak point, and I would recommend purchasing a repair kit and bringing extra pins with you if you plan on tackling some rougher terrain. The pin broke for me when one side of the snowshoe clipped a snow-covered rock at a bad angle. Other than the small weak spot, these snowshoes are pretty good, especially considering the price and I felt very secure on steep angled windslap etc. Learned my lesson and will be bringing spare parts from now on.
A dayhike in the Evos
Great snowshoes, very stable, solid bindings, light, though a bit noisy
While, at best, I'd call myself a moderately experienced snowshoer, I do have some good things to say about these shoes.
The bindings are solid, and very stable, not once did I feel like I was going to slip out of them, nor did I ever. They are relatively easy to adjust, even with gloves or cold hands. I think the most impressive thing about them is their traction while transversing a slope. Even on Sierra cement I felt very stable, and traction never gave way.
The ascenders are nice feature, particularly on predictably long uphill stretches. Setting them is a bit awkward, but that's unavoidable... as you have to kneel down to reach them. The large plastic tab for gripping them is marginally useful, its more frosting than anything. I usually just found myself slipping a finger underneath the bar and pulling it into position.
The only real downside to the shoes is how noisy they are compared to shoes that are made mostly of metal. The difference is significant, particularly on crust and ice. They make a hollow rattling sound when walking under such conditions. Its not a big deal, but on a beautiful day... when trying to enjoy the solitude, the noise can be a distraction. However, that's really picking nits. The Evo Ascents are bombproof. A couple folks on a recent trip had shoes breaking with rivets popping out or breaking altogether. These, like most anything made by MSR, are built to last... and, a great bonus, made in the US.
These are the correct floatation tails for the Evo Ascent: http://www.backcountry.com/msr-denali-evo-snowshoe-flotation-tails-6in
I popped them on last night.
one of my favorites
I have used literally tons of shoes over the last few years. Hiking in the backcountry, getting to the falls for an ice climb day, military use, and all over the deeps in AK. These shoes while not the most technical or "shiny" fit perfectly for my intended use. They are by far the easiest shoes to pack in any shoe out there and as light as any shoe I have ever used. I am about 190 at 6'2" and often have 45+ pounded on me for work and with the tails these shoes still float me. Don't' be fooled by the plastic construction, they hold up to tons of abuse and while usually used hiking in, I and my friends have used these successfully with both ski and snowboard boots as well.
best shoe I've used
great shoe ,one of the best i've had, light, durable ,stand up to a beating over logs, I use them sledding and couldn't get into places without them. I would buy another pair if i lost these, easy to put on even in deep snow.
Snow shoe, not slowshoe
Everlasting! College provided me a glimpse of these mo-fros.
Deep? Sure, no problem. Add the floater attachments....Item: CAS0707. Steep, no worries.
These snowshoes have full length crampons to carry you up and at 'em; straight, concave, convex, whatever!
Solid design. Simple mechanism. If your are a flat-lander snowshoer who is looking to gain some elevation off piste or a snowboarder w/o a split board looking to bag that peak for the coolest line, these are for you.
You do not need to be on Everest to enjoy these. Just be sure to take them off the the beaten path.
P.S. add the tails for heavy packs or extra floatation.
I wore these during a trip to RMNP and they did the job. The Televator heel sounded kind of lame, but after using it to get up Flat Top Mtn I can tell you...not lame. It may be nit picky but my only issue with the shoes is that they are kind of loud.
Would I be able to use these wearing my...
Would I be able to use these wearing my ski boots?
Nice Shoes! Still going strong after two seasons.
Used these Hiking Mt Pierce in NH and worked great. 9 inches of fresh powder from night before over ice as it was beginning of season. This handled both the powder as well as the ice underneath wonderfully. Was able to adjust easily with gloves on and fit my slightly smaller feet. not the best for running, but great for ascent or icy conditions. would buy again.
I live in the Midwest. What are the...
I live in the Midwest. What are the disadvantages to using the Ascent on rolling and flat terrain? Would this model be a good overall snowshoe or would it be overkill for hilly terrain?
Can't really think of any disadvantages... unless you are doing jogging in snowshoes, then they make sport specific versions and this one wouldn't be comfortable... This would be overkill for general use... the crampon is designed specifically for icy/variable steep terrain...
These shoes are great for hilly terrain. I spent several days in Lassen climbing hills in these, and they were fantastic. The ascenders are a big help for uphills, and traction was always top notch.
In the Midwest, for rolling and flat terrain, I would avoid the any "ascent" snowshoe, these were engineered more in mind for mountaineering and have rugged crampons on the bottoms that grip tight to steep uphill, but for flatter terrain, a snowshoe with more flotation and less grip would probably be more ideal. On the whole, these are decent, lightweight snowshoes meant more for biting into step windslab/shallow snowpack rather than floating on lots of powder. Look for a snowshoe with an aluminum binding, as these generally have more flotation in deeper snow, with minimal crampons (ie only a toe crampon) for moderate uphill portions.