Backcountry Snowshoes


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Northern Lites
Louis Garneau
GV Snowshoes
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Recent Backcountry Snowshoe Reviews

Crescent Moon Gold Series 10

rated 4 of 5 stars Good all around shoe that excels in backcountry use. Fresh snow and off-trail adventuring benefit from the excellent float. Easy on and off with innovative one-handed binding. The Gold 10 Backcountry snow shoes are part of a line by Crescent Moon, a Colorado company that has been at it since 1997. They manufacture a really wide variety of snowshoes there and have stayed on top of changing times and markets with the recently Trailspace Review Corps reviewed EVA All Foam shoe. The Gold 10s are a more… Full review

Louis Garneau Men's White Everest

rated 5 of 5 stars I call these the Subaru of Snowshoes. They are light, great traction, flotation, and ease of use because of the Boa system. We have been snowshoeing for 20 years using various ones ranging from cheapos to Redfeathers to Atlas. We have three other pairs of older hypalon/aluminum tech. We have had these now for like four years when I saw them first advertised and found a deal on Amazon. She has the White and I have the Black. The white and black ones are identical except for color. I see they now… Full review

Northern Lites Backcountry

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Northern Lites still offers the Backcountry for $240. I've had mine for years, and agree they are one of the lightest and easiest to use in the backcountry. The only model that's better for bantam weight folks is their Elite (8x25) if and only if you are under 175 lbs with a backpack! For more aggressive slopes, I'd love a pair of their Predator series, which replaces their aluminum cleats with steel in more places. But the overall Northern Lites build is the same...much lighter frame than other… Full review

Tubbs Women's Mountaineer Series

rated 5 of 5 stars I received these snowshoes this season as part of my involvement as a member of the TUBBS Snowshoe Ambassador Team. I requested this model, to test it out on our variable backcountry terrain here in Vermont. I have previously reviewed my TUBBS Flex Alps on this site (purchased from before my involvement with TUBBS), and if you check, you can see that I really like the Flex Alps. The Mountaineers are a framed snowshoe, and I was extremely happy with their performance this past season! This review… Full review

Louis Garneau Women's Versant

rated 3 of 5 stars Bindings disappointing, didn't fit around boot and heel moved. I did a lot of research before I bought these to replace my 20-year-old super reliable Tubbs. Unfortunately, I will be returning them and looking for something else. The binding system, which was why I chose these, didn't fit properly around my boot, no matter how I adjusted them (and I'm a gear junkie, I tried lots of variations of foot position and tension). There were gaps at the front part of the wrap around the boot and as I walked,… Full review

GV Snowshoes Mountain Extreme

rated 4 of 5 stars The GV Mountain Extremes are lightweight backcountry snowshoes suitable for the steepest terrain. The traction frame design and crossbars help you stick on ascents, descents, and traverses. Ratchet bindings allow for quick and easy donning and doffing. GV Snowshoes is a Canadian manufacturer of traditional and modern snowshoes, established in 1959. Their snowshoes are made in Canada. The Mountain Extreme is a backcountry snowshoe, especially at home on steep terrain with crusty, hard packed snow. Full review

Redfeather Guide Series

rated 3 of 5 stars The Redfeather Guide snowshoes are great for packing in huge loads in moderate terrain. They are good for pulling sleds long distances through powder. I use these snowshoes only rarely. 36 inch Redfeather guide snowshoe with NEOS and Merrell boots inside 30-inch 2013┬ámodelGeneral Deep snow big load transport snowshoes, great for hauling big loads to base camp Description I think Redfeather is discontinuing these, at least as of October 2016. They are not listed on the company website. I found one… Full review

MSR Women's Lightning Ascent

rated 5 of 5 stars I love these snowshoes! Lightweight with great traction! Will go through anything! These snowshoes were a great buy! Got them on Amazon before Christmas when there were awesome sales going on. Paid $199; I think they retail for $279? I'm very happy with them. Very durable with great fit and traction, will go through any winter terrain, and great for climbing in the snow. Full review

Louis Garneau Men's Blizzard II

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Louis Garneau Blizzard II snowshoe has excellent flotation and traction. Its BOA binding system is easy to use with gloves and cushions the whole front of your foot, with none of the pressure points common to straps. Even though we have next to no snow on the ground right now, I decided I was going to buy another pair of snowshoes (actually two pairs, I got a deal on the second pair that I couldn't pass up) and put my faith in the fact that it HAS to snow more this winter. I received them last… Full review

Top-Rated Backcountry Snowshoes

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Crescent Moon Gold Series 10 reviewed May 12, 2018
$200 - $203
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Northern Lites Backcountry reviewed Sep 28, 2017
$269 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Tubbs Mountaineer Series reviewed Apr 8, 2017
$200 - $269
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Louis Garneau Versant reviewed Apr 2, 2017
$250 - $264
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GV Snowshoes Mountain Extreme reviewed Jan 28, 2017
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Redfeather Guide Series reviewed Oct 28, 2016
$270 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Louis Garneau Blizzard II reviewed Feb 8, 2016
$160 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Redfeather Alpine 180 reviewed Feb 1, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Louis Garneau Blizzard reviewed Feb 1, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (23)
MSR Lightning Ascent reviewed Jun 17, 2016
$203 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dion Snowshoes 220 Back Country Frame reviewed Mar 5, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Tubbs Flex ALP reviewed Jan 20, 2015
$220 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR Denali Evo Ascent reviewed Apr 27, 2013
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
MSR Denali Ascent reviewed Dec 6, 2012
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Easton Artica Backcountry reviewed Apr 6, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
MSR Lightning Axis reviewed Nov 4, 2013
$270 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Tubbs Couloir Series reviewed Feb 18, 2011
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Atlas BC24 reviewed Jan 4, 2011
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sherpa Snowshoes Modified Bearpaw Snowshoe reviewed Nov 24, 2009
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Atlas Elektra 10 Series reviewed Feb 2, 2009
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Atlas 10+ Series reviewed Dec 26, 2007
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Tubbs Ridgeline Series reviewed Jan 18, 2007
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Atlas Frontier 36 Series reviewed Dec 24, 2006
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Tubbs Mountain Series reviewed Apr 7, 2006
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Atlas 36 Series reviewed Mar 12, 2005
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Louis Garneau White Everest reviewed Dec 3, 2017
$148 - $184
Louis Garneau Everest
Tubbs Boundary Peak
Louis Garneau Vector
Crescent Moon Gold Series 15
Tubbs Flex VRT
Crescent Moon Gold Series 17
Louis Garneau Black Everest
$148 - $159
Tubbs Flex RDG
Atlas Endeavor
$135 - $169
Atlas Aspect
$186 - $199
Atlas Elektra Serrate
$174 - $289
Atlas Serrate
$174 - $245
Crescent Moon Silver Series 17
Crescent Moon Silver Series 10
TSL Symbioz Elite
$299 MSRP
L.L.Bean Summit Trekker

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