User Review: MSR Denali Ascent
I absolutely love these snowshoes. I bought them about two years ago but was only able to get them out for the first time this season. I have gone on many day hikes and two 3 day 2 night trips so far.
These shoes are absolutely amazing with traction superior to many other shoes on the market. My only complaint is I wish the tail "fins" were just a little longer/deeper so it would help prevent slides when going down hill.
Going up a steep incline with these is a breeze thanks to the televators. They really make a big difference on long ascents in calf and overall leg fatigue. Generally I wont use the televator if the ascent will take less than 10 minutes. It can be a hassle to get the televator engaged at times(I hike with a dog on a leash) with a large pack on.
I have both the 4 inch and 8 inch tails for these and I generally always have the 4in tails on, and I only put on the 8in for fresher and really deep snow. For reference purposes I am 5'10", 210lbs and generally have a 45-50lbs pack in winter.
I highly recommend these shoes. I really love the bindings on these. I set them when I put them on and have yet had to adjust them mid hike. I can not say the same for the friends I hike with that have the new MSR shoes with the new style bindings, the old bindings are far superior.