User Review: MSR Denali
Price Paid: Rented
The were my second pair of snowshoes ever worn (I do live in Sunny SoCal after all - not too much opportunity to shoe). I rented a pair with the extensions, making the shoes a 30" long set. The straps work very well, as I never had them loosen in 12 miles of steep shoeing.
The crampons and rails kept me planted and I didn't slip once, even on some steeper climbs (I did dig my toes into the powder for those sections. I did float and slide across some drifts of rime that had collected on the trail, but a shoe with 6" crampon spikes would've floated across that material. Shuffling my feet throught the next drift solved the problem.
At the upper elevations the snow was deep powder, and at 208 pounds clothed plus 33 pounds of gear, I wasn't floating as much as I would have liked, sinking about 12" per step.
They do foster a natural gate and are comfortable to wear for hours, but I truly was in some backcountry areas, and might have extended these beyond their intended design.
Overall I was pleased. They are very loud on packed snow - the sound takes some getting used to. I don't have enough experience to know if 12" of sink per step in powder is acceptable, but I'm hoping for more flotation with the next pair I try, maybe at 33-35" in length. They won't be this type or model, because the flotation tails aren't available in longer lengths.