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Kick summer out and get new kicks in the snow.

Start winter off on the right foot with the MSR Evo Snowshoes. All puns aside, the Evo snowshoes continue the legacy of MSR's reliable Denali Classic and augment the design with features like the Unibody Traction frame for an extremely secure grip.
  • PosiLock Bindings feature three straps for a secure and enduring fit without complicating the fitting process
  • Vertical steel traction rails complement horizontal braking bars for unprecedented holding power on traverses, climbs, and descents
  • MSR Evo Flotation Tails (sold separately) add float in deeper snow

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4 5

Great for hiking in the Backcountry

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These work great in all conditions. They struggle a little bit in the deep snow since these are so short in length. But if you buy the 6 inch tail there is nothing these things cant handle.

would this work for a woman, 5'3" 110lbs?...

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would this work for a woman, 5'3" 110lbs?

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Absolutely! This would be a great fit for her. It's a basic snowshoe that will work for almost any application. It's going to be a bit heavier than some of the more expensive ones, but by far this is the best bang for your buck.

5 5

Perfect for beginners or day hikers!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shoe may not have the best float, or be the lightest weight shoe, but for my needs it is just right! I mainly use these on the Wasatch front or in the Unitas when the trails I'm on turn into snow blown ridge lines. The bindings are very simple to use and the vertical steel traction rails give me a lot of support when the snow I'm on turns into ice. Although I do pretty vertical hiking, I find that these shoes are just fine without the heel raiser. Sure it may be nice for longer distances, but for those who would only use the heel raiser for a small portion of their journey, these shoes do just fine.

Perfect for beginners or day hikers!
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Great review and pic, Grant!
Thanks for sharing!

5 5

happy brother

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Got this as a christmas gift for my brother. He was super pumped on it and even ended up using them on christmas day. Seems like a great bang for your buck. I will prob end up snagging a set for myself.

5 5

Perfect shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

not planning on going a week in 7 foot drifts? These shoes are for you. Balanced lightweight shoes for the everyday hiker. I love these for walking my dog in the winter

5 5

A shoe for everyone

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not the lightest or most floaty, but one of the easiest to use. If you keep a pair in the car for cabin trips, friends, etc... these are the ones. If you have AT or splitboard gear and want some snowshoes to putz around on and do flips off banks, these are the ones. Hard to break, and easy to repair (other than the plastic) if you somehow snap a strap.

What is the area of MSR Evo Snow Shoe in...

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What is the area of MSR Evo Snow Shoe in square inches with and without tail extensions?

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Cnep,

This is a rough approximation based on their overall dimensions:

Evo Snowshoe area: 182 square inches

Evo Tail area: 42 square inches

This is just the surface area for one of each not a pair.

** This is not exact, but a rough approximation. Hope this helps.

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

5 5

Solid Snowshoe

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things get the job done!!! Especially when you add the floatation tails on the back to get you through deep powder. Overall really pleased

5 5

great, dependable snowshoe

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These snowshoes are simple, easy, and functional. The straps are really easy to get in and out of, and they are light and comfortable. The teeth on the side are great for steep slopes. I've used them in packed snow and deeper off-trail snow and they were just perfect.

4 5

Good for what they are

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

For a non-touring beginner snowshoe these are great. They dont fair too well in deep stuff (even with the tail extension) but work extremely well for normal trails. Light, strong, and bulletproof. Only issue is lack of Climbing Heel which the Evo Tour has. It just doesn't seem like one should pay an extra 30$ for 1$'s worth of plastic.
I lend these to my friends who want to try out showshoeing before buying a pair and they never have issues or mechanical failures, and praise its simplicity.
All in all I would recommend these if you are wanting to getting into snowshoeing and staying on trail.

5 5

AWESOME 4 A FIRST-TIMER!

  • Gender: Female

Less than 72 hours after these arrived we were slammed with 3 feet of the heaviest, wettest snow I have ever seen. We lost power with only 6 inches of this stuff on the ground.. trees coming down everywhere. In just a few hours we had lost phones, power and were cut off as we had trees down on our property and out on the road. We have older neighbours around 1/4 mile away and, as the cellphone service was out too, we took a hike over the fields next day to make sure they were OK.

So.. how did these snowshoes do? Well, there is NOTHING that I can fault about these American-made snowshoes.. they are easy to get on, even with my heavily-gloved hands and dicky back. They handled the ups and downs manfully, and are unbelievably light! We bought the flotation tails.. I am 180 lbs and hubby is 200 lbs and you definitely benefit. We used our X-Country ski poles and they were quite adequate for the job. These were pretty dreadful snow conditions.. heavy, deep wet stuff but the snowshoes sunk only maybe 3 to 4" The traction is phenomenal due to the steel gripper bars, and, given I have weak ankles and crappy knees, I was amazed at the sense of security you get from the excellent grip of the Evo's. We used them through the next 6 days.. every day! These were handy to walk easily and safely across 3 feet of snow to clear the snow off the ground-mounted solar panels that charge the battery back-up system and also to tow a plastic sled around between the bird-feeders to keep them topped up (We have 50lb capacity bins for sunflower seed etc that we normally load on to the Gator 6 x 6). Anyways, I expect that some of my friends have been persuaded to get some too after our first-rate experience!

AWESOME 4 A FIRST-TIMER!
4 5

Fantastic.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These snowshoes are wonderful. I have used several different kinds of snowshoes and these have been my personal favorite. I love how fast and easy it is to strap them on. The group I was with were fidgiting with there snowshoes forever to get them fitted right. These strap on fast and tight. A lot better than nylon sinching straps that are hard to tighten. The one disadvantage is they are loud on crusty snow. Other than that fantastic.

5 5

Super float

Great float for such a light snowshoe

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How well do these work with ski boots? I don't have enough money for a touring setup so I'm looking to get some snowshoes for some Montana ski touring in deep powder.

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You don't want to even think about using ski boots in these. Not an option. If ski touring is your purpose, a pair of alpine trekkers would be so much better.

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mrpp20644,
I must admit that I laughed when I read your question, but then I thought about it. why not give it a try with my scarpa T2x Tele boots.
Result: Not good. Boots proved to have me leaning too far forward. I have a size 10.5 foot and my boots (mondo 28) were able to clear the swing of the snowshoe from my boot tip. The straps barely fit around the boots. Also if its offtrail these snowshoes will be far too small for any deep "powder". For the cost of a larger snowshoe you might as well buy a decent used setup of alpine touring skis with skins for 300$.

5 5

Pleasure hiking around in these

Great snowshoes!
I have been always a big fan of MSR snowshoes, and this year's Evo doesn't disappoint.
The straps are easy to get on and off, even with gloves on. They have a huge range of adjustability and will fit most any size boot. I hiked around with my snowboard boots and I still had plenty of room left to adjust the straps.
The holding power of these things is awesome. It's almost impossible to slip on these things due to the gnarly rails that run up the sides.
They have plenty of float, and you get the option to add on the Floatation tails if you're heavier than 180 lbs (which can easily be achieved if you're carrying a big backpack)
These things are awesome and I would suggest them to everyone.