Kevin Lockett wrote an answer about MSR Denali Evo Ascent Snowshoe on March 5, 2009
yes, the Denali Ascents are fairly hardcore and look the part. Also, the advantages of the ascents may be 'disadvantages' on less challenging terrain. They are super aggressive about traction- helpful in the mountains... not so much on the gold course. I would stick with MSR, the best company as far as I'm concerned, but I would look at the Lightning. All the Denali models (plastic decks) are noisy unless you're on fluffy stuff. Hope that helps,-----------I agree with the above statement...I would also recommend the Lightnings (not the Ascent model however). The reason for this I believe is because of their light weight and how easy they are to get on and off. They make snowshoeing a lot of fun. You will be the envy of all your friends:). As far as size goes, I would get the 25s.25 inch will be too small though if you are the first to make tracks in new snow.