MSR Denali Evo
Price Paid: $165
well, after being on Crescent Moons for three years I can't really compare them. Crescent Moons are the ultimate snowshoe. I have tried Atlas and Tubbs as well but.
I liked the fact that you can extend the MSR Denali's, but it doesn't really make much of a difference. I was not impressed at all in any condition. They seemed to sink a little too much and were very harsh on my ankles. Giving no flex in off camber walking. Didn't grab well in climbing as well.
I am very unsatisfied with the Denali Evos. I can't wait to get another set of Crescent Moons again. They can't be beat.
Price Paid: $105
Do you feel like Frankenstein while walking in snowshoes?? Are you always hitting you shoes together as you step? Do you wish for a snowshoe with the flexibility to walk on packed trails or deep snow? If yes, then buy these great shoes:
The MSR name stand for quality, dependability, and durability. Buying a product from them means you are well taken care of. These shoes have a slight taper to the back. This helps to walk normal without banging them against each other. They binding system is a little weird at first but once you get it down you can tell how well you can fine tune your shoes for ultimate comfort on the trail.
They fit a large array of footwear. From hiking boots to snowboarding boots. The main crampon really bit into ice and hard snow and the rear rails keep you from sliding. I love the 6” extensions. I hike many packed down trails but sometimes I get there first after a big storm, throw on the tails, and away I go. They are great when I carry a pack too.
Price Paid: $285 CDN
I have owned and used the MSR Denali Evo for one season and although it is an easy system to use I did have issues about the integrity of the rubber straps. These issues arose after using the snowshoes in -30 weather along the eastern shoreline of Lake Superior. On an approach to one of the local ice climbs a river crossing was necessary and we crossed at one of the deepest points where there would be no rapids. Well, I broke through the ice with one snowshoe and it was swept off my boot and downstream (under the ice). Suffice it to say that was the last I saw of it.
To the credit of Cascade Designs I got a good deal on a replacement snowshoe after phoning in the problem, but I wished the rubber straps had been more supple during my trip. The snowshoes were intermittently coming off and it wasn't until I really dialed in the straps with the remaining snowshoe that I appreciated how important it was to get a perfect "fit" with the straps.
The shoes are not as easy to use as the Atlas climbers but the ascent bar really helps with climbing approaches and the Evo tails make it really versatile.
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With tapered tips and tails on the ergonomic, streamlined frame, the Denali Evo snowshoe from MSR allows for a more natural stride atop snowy terrain - a logical evolution of the classic Denali snowshoe. These full-traction snowshoes with modular tails let you customize your flotation to match the conditions, ideal for flat and rolling terrain.
- Mountain Gear
MSR introduces a sleek, new snowshoe this season, the Denali Evo. This premier snowshoe has the same great traction and modular design as the Denali Classic, but with a beefed-up deck, binding, and crampon for improved performance and usability. Steel traction blades, crampons, and molded braking bars in the deck yield UNMATCHED traction, not to mention peace of mind on steep, death-ice pitches. A new stand-up binding by MSR makes the Denali Evo super easy to get in and out, and still folds down for easy packing and storage. The Evo deck with a tapered tip and tail allows you to walk with a more natural gait so you're not doing the "Franken-stride". A crampon extension plate eliminates heel drift while the 4-strap binding locks your foot in for a great fit and secure attachment to the snowshoe.
Free Shipping. MSR Denali Evo Snowshoes (Fall 2009) OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean. Denali Evos Snowshoes by MSR build on the strengths of MSR's groundbreaking Denali. Like the Denali, they're modular, accepting tails for increased flotation, and feature steel traction blades for outstanding grip. But they also include a stand-up binding for easier entry/exit as well as tapered tips and tails to help you walk with a more natural gait. FEATURES of the Denali Evo Snowshoes by MSR Great Traction: Steel traction blades, crampons, and molded braking bars in deck offer outstanding grip. Walk Easier: Tapered tip and tail make walking easier and more natural. Versatile: 6in. Evo flotation tails (sold separately) allow you to fine-tune your snowshoes to meet changing conditions and pack weight. User-Friendly: New stand-up binding allows easy entry and exit from the snowshoe. Secure Fit: Crampon extension plate eliminates heel drift, while four-strap binding provides a great fit and secure attachment to snowshoe. Accommodates Large Boots: Enlarged boot hole allows for use of snow board and/or ski boots. SPECIFICATIONS: Type: Snowshoes Trail Weight: 3 lbs. 13 oz. (1742 g) per pair Dimensions: 8 x 22 in. (20 x 56 cm) Tails available: x Number of binding straps: 3
MSR Denali Evo Snowshoes build on the strengths of their groundbreaking Denali. Like the Denali, they're modular, accepting tails for increased flotation, and feature steel traction blades for outstanding grip. But they also include a stand-up binding for easier entry/exit as well as tapered tips and tails to help you walk with a more natural gait.