MSR Evo Ascent
Technical ascents (angled, icy terrain) are much easier…
Source: bought it new
Technical ascents (angled, icy terrain) are much easier with these lightweight, strong snowshoes. If you want to move fast and get above the crowds, these are the shoes for you.
- Exceptional traction
- Too small for deep powder with a heavy pack
The design of these snowshoes is clearly targeted to climbers and mountaineers. And, they are equally at home on packed, icy winter hiking trails. Where they aren't enough is in deep powder with a heavy pack. There, you need a bigger footprint.
The tails work well enough, and I like the narrow width which keeps them comfortable and cuts down on the trips and catches that wide shoes can cause. The binding system is simple and reliable. No frozen fingers futzing around with slipping straps mid-trip. I think these would be good loaners for friends because they're likely to come back undamaged and fit different sized feet easily.
The main reason I bought them is the traction and light weight and that's where they excel. Side slipping just doesn't happen and up, down, and sideways over icy terrain are all the same - secure and confident. They fit on the pack easily when not in use.