I've had these for going on two years and they've been my go-to shoe for all of my winter excursions. They work well on pretty steep ice/snow where crampons aren't necessarily warranted and equally well on flat terrain where all you're looking for is to stay above the snow. The SpeedLock binding is really convenient. Set the binding to your boots beforehand (2 minutes), then it is one less set of snap-in straps to put on with cold fingers at the trail head. The binding is basically the difference between these and the Lightning Ascents. A bit pricier and heavier than the Evo's, but worth it in my opinion.
Note: You'll definitely need the tails in really soft, deep powder otherwise you will essentially be post holing with bigger, more awkward feet. This is true for all snowshoes, though.