MSR Evo Ascent 22 Snowshoe


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Get the robust workhorse of all terrain snowshoes with the MSR Evo Ascent 22 Snowshoe. Called the 22 because it's just over 22 inches long, this injection molded plastic shoe is the epitome of the KISS principle. The frame and deck are a single piece, and the steel traction rails and brake bars are molded directly into the shoe's base to provide stout, long-lasting grip. It uses the same PosiLock™ AT binding, with its freeze-resistant, easy to manipulate silicone straps, as the other Ascent line shoes, and has a calf comforting Televator for climbing steep terrain. It also accepts MSR's modular flotation tails, which increase its carrying capacity and flotation in powdery snow. Don't go looking for solutions to problems that don't exist, keep it simple with the Evo Ascent 22 Snowshoe from MSR.


  • Frame: UniBody™, injection molded plastic
  • Deck: UniBody™, injection molded plastic
  • Articulation: Binding pivot only
  • Binding: PosiLock™ AT
  • Crampons: Steel, binding and traction rails
  • Televator
  • Modular flotation tail compatible
  • Dimensions: 22.2 in x 8.2 in
  • Maximum load: 180 lb, 250 lb with tails, 80 kilos, 114 kilos with tails
  • Footwear size range: Men's 4.5-15
  • Weight (pair): 4 lb, 1820 g

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Review Summary

5 out of 5

5 Reviews

  • Build quality: 5
  • Performance: 5
  • Ease of use: 4
  • Great design: 4

  • noisy: 1
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

5 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Seattle WA
25-34 yrs

October 17, 2011

Think of Cascade Designs MSR Denali Evo Ascent as the SUV of the snowshoe world: Made to be equally effective on both crusty, wind-blown snow as well as when the powder measures in feet, the Denali Evos are versatile and stout. Toothy steel rails underfoot provide plenty of bite for traction — they can ascend hard-pack snow that’s verging on ice. Add the shoes’ four-tooth steel crampon spikes and you can dig in to front-point up steep slopes with ease. Highly recommend!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Rocky Mountains
35-44 yrs

Work Well
March 14, 2012

We have two pair. Hers: 5'0, 120 lbs with gear. No troubles with gait, weight or maneuverability. No need for the tails, but she has them just in case. His: 6'1, 270 lbs. with gear. Sunk to knee with only my boot. With Evo on, sink only to ankle. The tails do provide a little more lift--maybe another inch, depending on snow type. My size and aggressiveness usually breaks things pretty quickly. These have survived without problems.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Upstate NY
35-44 yrs

These things rock!!
February 21, 2011

Climbed two ADK high peaks this weekend, EVO ascents worked flawlessly! Awesome traction, light weight, strong and reliable bindings, bulletproof construction..... it doesn't get any better! Highly recommend!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from NY
25-34 yrs

Best Snowshoes I Have Used
February 04, 2011

These are definitely the best snowshoes I have used, for several reasons: 1) Good crampons, I often have better traction than that of my friends with other brands, 2) televator heel is really fantastic, reducing calf and achilles strain when going uphill and improving traction, 3) durability, I haven't had anything break or snap on tough trips unlike my old pairs, 4) nice feature how you can buy the tails to attach making them better in deep snow. I cannot emphasize enough how much better these are than any other snowshoe I have owned.

Pros: Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Great design, Build quality
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Laramie, WY

Love these!
March 17, 2011

I have been looking for a good snowshoe for a while and i had it narrowed down to 2 brands. MSR and atlas. I am 6' and weigh 200 lbs so i needed a fairly large shoe and when i was doing the research i wanted something very versatile since i would be on varied hikes. That is the main reason i went with MSR because i do a lot of trail hiking and i wanted to get the tails for added off trail use. I used them the other day on a nice 3 hour trail hike and decided to go off trail and try the added tails. They worked awesome. the bindings adjusted very well and held my foot securely and i had no trouble walking. I loved how the deck actually flexed and conformed to the snow and the spikes dug in very well on packed snow and ice. The only thing i really noticed was the noise the shoes made on packed snow but to me it was no big deal. Everything worked flawlessly on shoe and i would highly recommend this product!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: noisy

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