User Review: MSR Men's Lightning Ascent
Price Paid: 250 CDN
I used those in the mountains of Quebec, and it was amazing; they look like they're not going to support you in the snow because they are narrow, but hell, it's perfect in 10 feet of snow.
I moved to Vancouver and went off-trails with them, in a lot of snow on flat or very steep, climbing rocks, it all goes, perfectly. What I do in this hardcore snowshoeing-hiking country, is called "crazy", I call it heaven.
If you are an off-trails, on-trails, lots of snow or not, steep condition or not, this is the top of the line.