Backcountry Snowshoes

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less than $50
$50 - $99.99
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$200 and above

Recent Backcountry Snowshoe Reviews

MSR Men's Lightning Ascent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Solid, adaptable, compact, and good traction. I used a pair of 30" Sherpa tubular frame/neoprene base/lacing shoes for many years. Sherpa had an excellent warranty for lacing replacements, and even gave me a discount on a new pair when my original ones finally gave out. When the lacing/base on those gave in, it was time to try something new. Got the 25" MSR Ascents a couple of years ago on sale. Vertically oriented metal framing to which a nice neoprene base is attached/riveted. No lacing. Aggressive… Full review

MSR Men's Lightning Ascent

rated 5 of 5 stars Great shoes! Got the 25's and they can handle all conditions. Agree with the below comments. One downside is that the 25's with the tail extensions may keel you forward a little bit in softer, deeper snow (15+ in.) because of the smaller toe. Opting for the 30's is better in this case because the front is proportionally larger. Crampon frame and heel lift = straight up ANY hill. Full review

MSR Lightning Tail

rated 3.5 of 5 stars It took a few times to figure out how to attach these tails without taking my snowshoes off, but once I did, they're the easiest, fastest things on the market. They weigh next to nothing so there's no reason not to take them, especially if you're going off-trail into deep snow. There's a heavy duty rubber strap that holds them on and the drawback is that in cold weather, the rubber is stiff and takes some effort to stretch enough to go over the back of the snowshoe. I'm a big fan of MSR snowshoes… Full review

MSR Men's Lightning Axis

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent snowshoe but it's easy to lose a u clip in the binding So, I'm Australian but I have snowshoed here for 20 years. I only do backcountry and steep snowshoeing. When it gets too steep I switch to crampons. These are the best snowshoes ever for this kind of terrain. All the Lightnings are good and light in the backcountry but these are the best. You have to adjust them properly before your first adventure and I do mean properly. You don't want to correct your adjustment mistakes in the backcountry. Full review

MSR Men's Lightning Axis

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The two strap binding system is great. It allows me all the security/tightness needed. I have several boots that I wear, and all seem to work well. The 25" works extremely fine. I would highly recommend these for any treks. Securing the straps after lashing and can be challenging with bare hands in freezing temperatures. The  added 5" tails are easily attached for needed flotation  powder. Nevertheless, these shoes are solid and lightweight; they are relatively easy to strap on, even in freezing… Full review

MSR Men's Denali Evo Ascent

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent snowshoes. Great traction, descent float for their size, durable, and versatile. Great for above treeline and crusty conditions. I have used these snowshoes for the last three years on many trips in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. They excel in crusty and above treeline conditions. The have decent float for their size, just be sure to match them to the conditions, they are not designed for deep powder. The traction is solid and they are very secure on crusty snow and ice. They are… Full review

MSR Men's Lightning Ascent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great snowshoe in all conditions. I really like these snowshoes, they have awesome traction and float. I have the 25" ones and used them up Algonquin and Wright Peak the other day in the Adirondacks and experienced everything from hard pack, to ice, to soft but heavy powder. They were great in all conditions.   I can see needing the flotation tails in fluffy fresh powder for additional float, but in the heavier spring stuff they were great. Traction on hard pack and ice is as good as a crampon… Full review

Tubbs Men's Flex ALP

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Grippy. I upgraded to these after a couple years of suffering through the SLS (Slings Lots'o Snow) pivots of my Atlas shoes. It is very nice to leave the snow on the trail instead of flinging it on my back. The grip of these is amazingly good, and the flex of the deck is appreciated of the steep downhills. The bindings are simple, fast and secure. The heel lift clicks around a little bit, but it never gets in the way and is very appreciated on the extended climbs. Full review

MSR Men's Lightning Ascent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars MSR Lightning Ascent 30” snowshoes, a very good snowshoe with some unique features. MSR Lightning Ascent 30" snowshoes Period of use: 1½ winters. For a 30" snowshoe it seems to have typical 30" snowshoe floatation.  :-) It is about average in weight and has a narrow shape which makes for a nice walking stride with minimal metal to metal hits. I do prefer a snowshoe with a higher “round-up” in the nose of the snowshoe. The pair I have is quiet, with minimal creeks and squeaks. Durability… Full review

Top-Rated Backcountry Snowshoes

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MSR Lightning Ascent
user rating: 4 of 5 (19)
MSR
Lightning Ascent
reviewed Apr 25, 2014
$216 - $299
MSR Lightning Tail
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Lightning Tail
reviewed Jan 16, 2014
$35 - $59
MSR Denali Ascent
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
MSR
Denali Ascent
reviewed Dec 6, 2012
discontinued
Easton Artica Backcountry
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Easton
Artica Backcountry
reviewed Apr 6, 2012
$192
MSR Lightning Axis
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
MSR
Lightning Axis
reviewed Nov 4, 2013
$169 - $239
Tubbs Mountaineer Series
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tubbs
Mountaineer Series
reviewed Apr 24, 2011
$187 - $259
Atlas BC24
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Atlas
BC24
reviewed Jan 4, 2011
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sherpa Snowshoes
Modified Bearpaw Snowshoe
reviewed Nov 24, 2009
discontinued
Northern Lites Backcountry 30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Northern Lites
Backcountry 30
reviewed Mar 4, 2009
discontinued
Atlas Elektra 10 Series
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Atlas
Elektra 10 Series
reviewed Feb 2, 2009
$130 - $199
MSR Denali Evo Ascent
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR
Denali Evo Ascent
reviewed Apr 27, 2013
$200 MSRP
Atlas 10+ Series
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Atlas
10+ Series
reviewed Dec 26, 2007
discontinued
Tubbs Ridgeline Series
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Tubbs
Ridgeline Series
reviewed Jan 18, 2007
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Atlas
Frontier 36 Series
reviewed Dec 24, 2006
discontinued
Tubbs Mountain Series
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Tubbs
Mountain Series
reviewed Apr 7, 2006
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Atlas
36 Series
reviewed Mar 12, 2005
discontinued
Tubbs Flex ALP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Tubbs
Flex ALP
reviewed Jan 24, 2013
$183 - $239
Crescent Moon Gold Series 10
Crescent Moon
Gold Series 10
$269 - $275
Crescent Moon Gold Series 15
Crescent Moon
Gold Series 15
$165 - $259
Crescent Moon Gold Series 17
Crescent Moon
Gold Series 17
$279
Louis Garneau Black Everest
Louis Garneau
Black Everest
$138 - $184
Kahtoola MTN 28
Kahtoola
MTN 28
$173 - $201
PowdeRidge Apex Snowshoes
PowdeRidge
Apex Snowshoes
$75
Atlas Aspect Snowshoes
Atlas
Aspect Snowshoes
$168 - $289
Tubbs Xpedition Snowshoes
Tubbs
Xpedition Snowshoes
$137 - $239
Crescent Moon Silver Series 10
Crescent Moon
Silver Series 10
$189
TSL Over the Top 25
TSL
Over the Top 25
Louis Garneau Vector UX Trek
Louis Garneau
Vector UX Trek
Louis Garneau White Everest
Louis Garneau
White Everest
TSL Over the Top 30
TSL
Over the Top 30
TSL Over the Top 20
TSL
Over the Top 20
Louis Garneau Vector UX Zenith
Louis Garneau
Vector UX Zenith
TSL Over the Top 35
TSL
Over the Top 35
Louis Garneau Streamshape FX Pulse
Louis Garneau
Streamshape FX Pulse
TSL Tech Expedition
TSL
Tech Expedition
Louis Garneau Freeshape FX Apex II
Louis Garneau
Freeshape FX Apex II
TSL Symbioz Snowshoe
TSL
Symbioz Snowshoe
L.L.Bean Summit Trekker
L.L.Bean
Summit Trekker
Crescent Moon Silver Series 17
Crescent Moon
Silver Series 17
Tubbs Couloir Series
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Tubbs
Couloir Series
reviewed Feb 18, 2011
discontinued

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