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.