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5-star:   2
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

The Evo replaced the MSR Denali Evo.



About the only thing that would hurt these snowshoes…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $92 USD on sale


About the only thing that would hurt these snowshoes is throwing them in a fire! They're made of bomb-proof, injection molded, high impact plastic and can take more abuse than anything I've seen. Best for on-trail hiking but be forewarned — plastic is LOUD, especially on a packed trail.


  • Reasonable price
  • Outstanding quality
  • Great traction on icy trails


  • Heavy
  • Loud
  • Have to take them off to attach tails

I like getting the cons out of the way first so I can go on and list all the really good stuff.  So, here you go...

Con: These snowshoes are heavy. They're made of high impact, injection molded plastic, so once you put the shoe, the deck and the bindings all together, you're looking at over 3.5 pounds. Definitely not the lightest shoes out there...

Con: Being made of plastic, they're also very loud on packed and icy trails — so loud in fact, it's difficult to hear your hiking partner over them.

Con: Unless you're lucky enough to have a hiking partner who's willing to put them on for you, you can't attach the tails without taking the snowshoes off.

Pro: Man, are they tough!!! I've walked across rocks (cringing), hit all kinds of stuff while hiking in powder, and have even run over one of them with my car (kids!). They're scuffed beyond belief but I've never had so much as a single rivet rust out on me. Kind of makes the field repair kit I've never used in 5 years nothing more than extra weight/bulk in my pack.

Pro: Traction rails that run the entire length of the bottom of the shoe, along with the crampon under the ball of your foot, give unbelievable traction on ice. I've climbed a 40°, totally iced-over incline without slipping a single time.

Pro: Great value for the price. The suggested retail is about $140 USD, but I found mine for just under $100 on an after-season sale.

Pro: Accommodates any type of shoe or boot without the heel strap slipping. Rubber binding straps keep your foot totally secured in place without so much tension that your toes go numb.

I'm a big fan of going off-trail and eventually wanted something lighter. I was lucky enough to score 2 pairs of MSR Lightning Ascents for the deal of a lifetime (free). Even then, I still couldn't bring myself to part with these snowshoes (I have 2 pair) so I've hung onto them for those times I get a first-timer to go out with me. At 22", they've also worked great as loaners for kids (even though they've chewed up the toes a bit learning how to walk in them) and even I still throw them on for quick trail jaunts.

One last thing...  I also purchased both 4" and 8" tails for these shoes (I think newer models only offer 6" tails).  It definitely makes them heavier but the tails greatly improve flotation over rolling, powdery terrain, and allow you to pack extra weight. All in all, I don't know how anyone could be disappointed with these snowshoes...period!


Love, love, love MSR snowshoes. After a trail day…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: New about $150


Love, love, love MSR snowshoes.


  • Durable
  • Easy to get on and off — stays on while snowshoeing


  • None

After a trail day event to try a few brands of snow shoes and hearing what fellow hikers had to say about their snowshoe experience, I purchased MSR.

Once you figure out which shoe to put on which foot, you are good to go for a day out in the snow. Easy to get  on and off. Made well and does not kick up snow onto your back that some other brands can do.

They did not feel like I had anything on my feet. Just walk and go!


Excellent lightweight STURDY snowshoe. It is essentially…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $120

Excellent lightweight STURDY snowshoe. It is essentially a molded deck with metal claws and rails. 

I have used these for a number of seasons and could not be happier. You can also put deck extenders/tails on the MSR Evo to help in deeper snow. I have stepped on rocks and uneven logs under the snow and they are still going strong. 

Awhile back I picked up some of the cheaper snowshoes with the thin plastic deck and outside aluminum frame and the MSR Evo is in a different class altogether.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit MSR's Evo page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

MSR Evo 22 Snowshoe (pair)Enhance all your adventures out in the snow by using these MSR Evo 22 Snowshoe (pair). These snowshoes have been designed to help you walk across otherwise impossible terrain, making them ideal for all your outings in the snow. They are guaranteed to produce superior traction and hold, wherever you take them, thanks to their steel traction rails. They come in various sizes so that you can find the one that fits you best. PosiLock bindings ensure superior security with many types of footwear. They let you incorporate modulation flotation tails for maneuverability, allowing you to perform better. Modular flotation tails are sold separately. These snowshoes are designed with their brake bars molded right on the snowshoe deck, ensuring that they do their job when you need them to so, preventing you not experience any mishaps while out on the snow. Enjoy your snow adventures much more with these MSR Evo 22 Snowshoe (pair).

- SunnySports

MSR Evo 22 Snowshoes are durable yet inexpensive snowshoes with the quality components that have made MSR an industry leader in ultralight snowshoes. Unibody frame is of ultra-strong, injection-molded plastic, with steel traction rails and brake bars that are molded directly into the snowshoe deck providing a secure and lasting grip. Weather-resistant, 3-strap PosiLock binding delivers freeze-proof and glove-friendly security. Bindings fit a wide range of footwear. Now available with Modular Flotation tails so you can have the best of both worlds: the maneuverability of a smaller, primary snowshoe and the on-demand flotation of removable 6-inch tails (sold separately). MSR Evo ultralight snowshoes are great for rolling terrain and all-condition day use - affordable snowshoes don't come more technically advanced. Colors: Navy, Green. Unisex, Normal Width. Weight Per Pair: 3 lbs, 10 oz or 1640 g. Width: 8.2 in, or 20.3 cm. Length: 22.2 in, or 56.5 cm. Binding: PosiLock. Frame and Deck Material: Unibody Injection-molded Plastic. Crampon Material: Stainless Steel. Gait: Unisex/normal width. Footwear size range: 4.5 M/5.5 W - 15 M/16 W / 35.5 - 49.5. Load: Up to 180 lbs / Up to 80 kilos. Load w/ tails: Up to 250 lbs / Up to 114 kilos. Made in Seattle, USA

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

Its no mistake that youll find the same UniBody Traction of the utilitarian Evo snowshoe as the foundation for some of our most aggressive models. The best traction when heading up or down even modest slopes in less than ideal conditions is something everyone can appreciate. We hold the same standard for control, and the weather-resistant, three-strap PosiLock binding delivers it in spades on rolling terrain, while Modular Flotation tails make this the hands-down best value going for trail walking and all-condition day use.


Start winter off on the right foot with the MSR Evo Snowshoes. All puns aside, the Evo snowshoes continue the legacy of MSR's reliable Denali Classic and augment the design with features like the Unibody Traction frame for an extremely secure grip.