MSR Evo Ascent
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.
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The Evo Ascent snowshoe's freeze-proof PosiLock AT Binding is designed to lock down tight to the contours of any footwear, making a secure, comfortable, low-profile binding for aggressive ascents and all-terrain stability.
* Steel pivot crampons
* UniBody deck
* Televator heel lift with pull
Here's what other sites are saying:
All-terrain traction combines with MSR's new, ber-secure PosiLock AT bindings and energy-saving Televator heel lifts to let the Evo Ascent snowshoes take you anywhere you want (or need) to go. The rugged traction of our UniBody decks and Pivot Crampons deliver top-notch security, while Modular Flotation tails allow a single pair of snowshoes to provide flotation across a broad range of snow conditions.
Tried and true, with something new, MSR's Evo Ascent is a reliable standard. Based on the Denali Evo, the Evo Ascent has an improved binding, the PosiLock AT. Light and quick for flat terrain, traction and support for the steep, Televator heel lifts to relieve calf strain, Modular Flotation tails adapt to different loads and flotation needs. One snowshoe to rule it all! Unibody Traction: Steel traction rails and brake bars molded directly into snowshoe decks provide a secure and lasting grip Secure Attachment: Two-piece, independently conforming PosiLock AT bindings create our most secure, freeze-resistant attachment, regardless of footwear All-Condition Adaptability: Modular Flotation tails allow you the maneuverability of a smaller, primary snowshoe with the added, on-demand flotation of optional, 6 in (15 cm) tails. Available separately Uphill Efficiency: Televators reduce fatigue, increase traction on the steeps and engage easily with glove-friendly pull-tabs Load: 180 lbs without tails, 240 lbs with tails 22.2 inches long, 8.2 inches wide Made in Seattle, USA
Legendary dependability with all terrain performance, the MSR Evo Ascent snowshoes are a reliable way to get from A to B, regardless of what lies in between.
All-terrain traction combines with our new, uber-secure PosiLock AT bindings and energy-saving Televator heel lifts to let the Evo Ascent snowshoes take you anywhere you want (or need) to go The rugged traction of MSR's UniBody decks and Pivot Crampons deliver top-notch security, while Modular Flotation tails allow a single pair of snowshoes to provide flotation across a broad range of snow conditions Modular Flotation tails need to be purchased separately