Best Snowshoes Reviewed & Rated for Performance

2017 has seen some great releases in the world of snowshoe gear and utilities from companies such as Evo, Alps, Tuggs, and many others. Picking the right snowshoes for the upcoming winter months is certainly something that shouldn’t be overlooked and you should make sure you know exactly what type of environment your going to be up against before making your choice.

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Last Updated: January 9, 2018
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MSR Lightning Ascent
  • MSR Lightning Ascent
  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • 360 Degree Traction
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ALPS Adult All Terrain
  • ALPS Adult All Terrain
  • 4 out of 5
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  • Aluminum Tubing
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Chinook Trekker
  • Chinook Trekker
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • UV Resistant Decking
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When searching for snowshoes you should try to keep in mind whether your going to be hiking through roaming hills, deep snow, or any sort of technical terrain in order to optimize your trailing experience to its fullest potential. Either way we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 snowshoes currently on the market with plenty of all terrain options as well as shoes suitable for more experienced hikers so you can make sure you get the best bang for your buck.

 

10 Best Snowshoes

 

1. MSR Lightning Ascent

It’s no surprise that MSR takes the number one spot as they never fail to provide quality snow gear and shoes. The Lightning Ascents are no stranger to snowy environments and are the snowshoe of choice for seasoned veterans as well as some beginners with a little cash to spend. Whether you’re hiking on the trails or trekking through the backcountry, these shoes are sure to meets your needs in a variety of conditions.
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360 Degree Traction Frames
As aforementioned above, the traction is absolutely amazing on this pair of snowshoes and nothing comes close when comparing it to other options available. The MSR Lightning Ascent delivers a level of security that tubular frames simply can’t compete and are the only snowshoes we would recommend using in both steep snow and esoteric terrain.

Ergo Televators
In addition to great traction control, the Lightning Ascents are also optimized for reduced fatigue, as well as an ergonomic design that works quite well with a pole, a feature that is often overlooked when searching for snowshoes.

Cost and Value
The price definitely speaks for itself in terms of the amount of value you receive for the amount you pay. If your looking for an all in one snowshoe that excels in every category, then this is what you should shoot for no question about it. In addition to plenty of add on accessories and even gender specific models, the MSR Lightning Ascent is the only snowshoe you could ever need for your adventures!
Pros
  • Unparalleled Traction and stability thanks to 360 traction control technology
  • Great security and freeze resistant bindings
  • Rigid and reliable frames and build quality
  • Fantastic for almost every snowy condition
  • Lightweight and as a result reduces fatigue when traversing long distances
Cons
  • The hinged binding slightly decreases trail shock absorption
  • Expensive

2. Chinook Trekker

Widely considered the best beginner as well as budget snowshoe on the market, the Chinook Trekkers are tried and true in the world of snowshoes and offer a reliable kit and carrying bag suitable for all ages and skill levels.
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UV Resistant Decking
The Chinook Trekkers may look like just an ordinary snowshoe, but include a couple features that may not be noticed right away. In addition to their heavy-duty build, the Chinook Trekkers also come standard with UV protection, making sure to protect your gear on the trails.

Crampons Made from Aluminum
One thing that you should always look for when purchasing a new pair of snowshoes is of course the quality of traction, and the Chinook Trekkers are no exception to this rule. The Trekkers include aluminum heel crampons allowing for fantastic traction and rotation for great control when you're trekking down the slopes.

Cost and Value
Coming in a variety of sizes and even including a carrying bag and other various accessories, the Chinook Trekkers are a great budget snowshoe capable with competing with even the most expensive options on the market. I personally think if your looking for a cheap and reliable pair of snowshoes, these are the ones your should shoot for.
Pros
  • Light weight build and traction allows for great maneuverability
  • UV resistant decking for added protection
  • Variety of sizing options
  • Includes carrying bag as well as many other accessories
  • Quick release straps allow for easy clipping
Cons
  • Only two straps on the top
  • Aluminum teeth bend if walking on hard surfaces or rocks

3. Alps Adult All Terrain

Quickly becoming a popular option in the snowshoe world ALPS brings yet another pair of budget snowshoes suitable for all skill levels. With the inclusion of a pair of anti-shock poles, tote bag, and a number of other features, the ALPS All Terrain snowshoes are an attractive pair of snowshoes for buyers looking for an everyday wear or just a quality pair to go vacationing with.
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Lacing Technology
Quality lacings allow for circulation and security when on the trails; ALPS Fast-Loc buckles allow for putting your snowshoes on and taking them off quick and easy without a sacrifice in protection, a system every snowshoe should feature.

Lightweight Frame Technology
ALPS lightweight 6000 series features Easton aluminum tubing for the frames and Nytex material for the decking making for a perfect on the go shoe for attacking any type of slope at any time.

Cost and Value
With the inclusion of a snowshoeing pole and tote bag, the ALPS All Terrain snowshoes compete very well and come quite close in terms of the features they offer for a budget price. If your looking for a very comfortable snowshoe with optimized traction control, you may want to consider purchasing these over the Chinook Trekkers.
Pros
  • Suitable sizing for adults and children
  • Overall comfortability due to the bindings and lacings
  • Added value due to the added accessories
  • Fantastic assistance on mild terrain
  • Materials used are built to last as well as lightweight
Cons
  • Not optimized for harder trails

4. 2018 Winterial

4. 2018 Winterial
Another great pair of all-terrain snowshoes suitable for experts and beginners alike. The 2018 Winterial Snowshoes are great for backcountry, recreational, and even for use on more technical trails for more experienced snowshoers. Also coming in a variety of colors and sizes this snowshoe is a great all-in-one option with a cheaper price tag.
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Aluminum Heel Teeth
Functionality is one of the major strengths this snowshoe possess allowing a variety of trails and hills to be climbed as mentioned above. The aluminum teeth on the bottom of the 2018 Winterial snowshoes allow for increased traction and grip in the snow and in comparison to the MSR Ascents they are a real competitor.

Comfort
Comfort is a major focus and selling point for Winterial as they attempt to optimize every shoe for maximum comfort, and this snowshoe is no exception. The sleek design and included anti-shock poles allow for the best possible snowshoe experience whether your traveling long of short distances.

Cost and Value
For the rather minimal price tag for a pair of snowshoes that would last you quite a while, the 2018 Winterial snowshoes are a great option for seasoned hikers and offer a great value with the included poles and features. Seven colors are also available as well as kids sizes allowing you to tailor your experience to its greatest potential.
Pros
  • Great traction and control
  • Variety of colors
  • Ultra-flex plastic allows for adaptation to any type of terrain
  • Fantastic comfort thanks to the lightweight build and bindings
  • Sizing for kids and adults
Cons
  • Straps can be difficult to adjust
  • Can occasionally sink into the snow

5. MSR Evo 22

5. MSR Evo 22
Another entry from MSR makes the list and this time it’s their latest model of innovative snowshoes and come in at an inexpensive “middle of the road” price tag that's perfect for beginners looking for a more high end snowshoe or regulars looking for something reliable that can be worn often. These snowshoes are molded and have a widespread appeal among all skill levels and are known to be quite versatile.
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Semi-aggressive traction control
Like almost all of MSR’s snowshoes, versatility is one of their selling points, and the Evo 22’s with their optional add on tails for increased flotation allow for these shoes to carry quite a heavy load without sinking too deep into the snow while also maintaining traction on beginner level trails and rolling hills.

Duofit bindings
Delivering a freeze proof, glove friendly, and secure binding the Evo 22s are able to accommodate a large range of footwear and while also being able to slip on and off with ease. In addition to the versatility of the bindings, they also are well built and durable in a variety of conditions.

Cost and Value
You can never go wrong with a pair of MSR snowshoes as currently in my opinion they offer the best snowshoes there are on the market. In terms of the Evo 22’s at a relatively low price their a great snowshoe for all terrains skill levels in addition to great traction and not to mention comfort due to the spikes being on the underside of the shoe.
Pros
  • Budget price
  • Fantastic versatility in all terrains
  • Bindings are comfortable and durable
  • Add on flotation
  • Reliability due to great all around build
Cons
  • Loud decking on hard snow

6. Crescent Moon Gold 10

6. Crescent Moon Gold 10
Crescent Moon does things a little different compared to a couple of the other companies on this list but in a quite a good way. Crescent Moon specializes in making snowshoes and as a result makes sure all of their products are produced and manufactured in the United States making the build quality amazing. The Gold 10’s are a great all around snowshoe and albeit a bit pricer you get a lifetime warranty tacked on along with your pair when you purchase them.
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Terrain handling
Although the Gold 10’s may not be as grippy as the MSR Lightning Ascent listed at the number one spot on this list, they are able to attack a much wider variety of trails making them a great option for all skill levels with the addition of an optional climbing bar as well for climbing steep hills.

Adjustable SPL bindings
Unlike some of the other snowshoes on this list, the Moon 10’s allow for adjustable bindings to fit virtually any shoes size rather than just picking a particular size and hoping for the best. The SPL bindings wrap all the way around your foot provide great support and making sure you stay put when roaming the trails.

Cost and Value
The big price tag comes in due to the U.S. manufacturing of this product, but for many that's exactly what they want. Durability has been a huge factor in whether or not a snowshoe is bought and for many this fits their needs perfectly. If your looking for a great all round American made snowshoe, then this is exactly what you're looking for.
Pros
  • American made
  • Adjustable bindings
  • Control and handling is great due to the amount of claws on the bottom
  • Work great in almost every trail
  • Flotation is great as a result of the build quality
Cons
  • Traction is a little lackluster
  • Only two color options

7. Tubbs Snowshoes FLEX Ridge

7. Tubbs Snowshoes FLEX Ridge
Boa Closure systems have become quite popular amongst snowboard bindings and are now making their way to the snowshoeing market. The Tubbs FLEX Ridge feature a dial cable system that allows for ease-of use when slipping on your snowshoes and on the flipside great mobility as a result.
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Boa Closure system
With a couple cranks of the boa dial you’ll be ready to hit the trails in seconds making these shoes the easiest to use and one of the best bindings on the market. They allow for great mobility as they don’t have as much as a clunky underfoot as other snowshoes on the market may have and make sure to keep your feet nice and tight so they don’t slip off.

FLEX Ridge
Tubbs also integrated their new FLEX Ridge technology that allows these shoes to travel over many different terrains while also offering a very flexible and lightweight build.

Cost and Value
An amazing amount of technology went into these snowshoes and ultimately their probably the most fun snowshoes to use due to their integrated FLEX Ridge, lightweight build, and ease of use. The only downside really to these snowshoes is their ability to handle technical terrain and it’s expensive price tag, but personally I believe these snowshoes are extremely underrated and worth trying out.
Pros
  • Versatility and trail handling due to FLEX Ridge technology
  • Ease of use due to the Boa Closure system
  • Lightweight and durable making them fantastic to travel with
  • Simplicity and attractive look
  • Great traction on almost every trail
Cons
  • Esoteric trail handling
  • Pricey

8. Enkeeo All Terrain

8. Enkeeo All Terrain
Here’s yet another great pair of all-terrain snowshoes at an extremely affordable price for anyone interested in snowshoeing. The Enkeeo All Terrains come in four sizes and feature a simple but effective design supporting up to 210 pounds allowing you to carry a large load out on the trails.
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Aluminum build
Without any sacrifice in weight these snowshoes come with a completely metal build making them really reliable and resistant to constant wear. The overall strength of these shoes, thanks to the aluminum build, support up the 210 pounds as mentioned above allowing you to travel long distances with a lot a lot of supplies without any worry of your snowshoes failing on you.

PE Decking
The PE Decking on this pair of snowshoes is great for all snowy scenarios providing you with great flotation in deep snow and aluminum crampons for a reliable and stable bite into the snow. However, traction when trekking downhill is a little iffy so that should be taken into account when considering these snowshoes.

Cost and Value
All in all, these are a great pair of all-around snowshoes for beginner and intermediate snowshoes alike. Coupled with their cheap price they provide a nice package for mild trail-blazing but when attacking more technical terrain with rolling hills you should consider putting up a little more money for better traction.
Pros
  • Sizing for kids and adults
  • Lightweight and durable thanks to the aluminum construction
  • Affordable and great for beginners
  • Crampons provide great traction
  • Adjustable heel straps and bindings
Cons
  • Traction when climbing and going downhill
  • Heel piece may occasionally freeze

9. Wildhorn Sawtooth

9. Wildhorn Sawtooth
The Wildhorn Sawtooth Snowshoes just hit the market and for their low price there a steal! Everything that you could want when going snowshoeing is included in this all in one package. Included is great all-around traction, build quality, and adjustable bindings, making this another great and cheap option for getting into snowshoeing.
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Fully adjustable bindings
Coming in two 21 and 27 inch sizes these snowshoes also feature adjustable bindings for a much better fit when out on the trails. The simplicity present in these snowshoes come quite close to the ease of use of the Tubbs FLEX Ridge but instead feature ratchet style buckling and with no lacing compared to other snowshoes on the market, great for keeping you secure when hitting the trails.

Hard Pack Grip Teeth
Each Sawtooth snowshoe comes standard with two fantastic sets of reinforced and heavy duty crampons for great traction on icy surfaces. In addition, these snowshoes also feature a steep include heel lift riser providing traction and control when trekking up and down hills, a great and convenient feature perfect for those newer to snowshoeing.

Cost and Value
At an extremely cheap and affordable price, the Wildhorn Sawtooth snowshoes are the best all-around snowshoes you can get on the market with no real downside. The build is durable and lightweight while the traction and heel support is great for any type of environment, ultimately providing one of the best snowshoeing experience at a low price.
Pros
  • Quick and easy to put on
  • High quality materials
  • Heel plate for trekking up hills
  • High quality crampons and overall traction
  • Excellent customer support
Cons
  • The toe cut-out is a little small
  • Heel straps wear out over time

10. Atlas Endeavor

10. Atlas Endeavor
With the addition of bindings that lay flat for easy travel when stowing away, the Atlas Endeavor snowshoes are a great lightweight and stealthy pair of snowshoes with added comfort due to the narrow frame, a great feature when going out on a day hiking without the worry of fatigue.
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Walkability
The narrow frame design makes these shoes great for stepping over obstacles and long distance travels. Zero tripping or fumbling is present when using these snowshoes because the decks are so small, allowing for long distance travels with ease.

Flexible urethane bindings
As mentioned above these shoes are great for bringing with you on a trailing vacation as they collapse neatly and attach easily to any backpack. In addition, the binding are extremely comfortable as the straps zig zag across the foot and allow for a lot of flexibility when putting on and taking off when hitting the trails

Cost and Value
Ultimately with the exception of the expensive price tag, the Atlas Endeavors are a great snowshoe for winter time nomads who are always on the move. The ease of use in terms of its storage are great for snowboarders and skiers and they offer a really nice all in one package.
Pros
  • Aluminum and composite decking allow for great durability
  • Great for travelling
  • Ease to stow away
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Bindings are easy to slip on and off
Cons
  • Not for extreme trail blazing
  • The scoop-shaped tail kicks of snow when using

In the end, whatever snowshoe you decide to buy all depends on the type of environment your going to be in and what you’re looking specifically. If your willing to drop a little money for one of the best shoes on the market then the MSR Lightning Ascents are for you. If your looking for comfort and ease of use then you should shoot for the Tubbs Flex Ridge. Knowing what your up against on the trails is quite important when snowshoeing for the first time, there’s plenty of great options on this list and we really hope we helped with making your decision.

Happy trailing!