The 9 Best Snowshoes of 2019

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The Rundown

Best Overall: MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes at Amazon

"Nails perfectly in both assured traction and comfort."

Best Value: Crescent Moon Eva Snowshoes at Amazon

"Looks like your favorite sneaker combined with a snowshoe."

Best for All-Mountain: Atlas Apex-MTN Snowshoe at Amazon

"Looks both lightweight and aggressive."

Best for Kids: MSR Tyker Snowshoes at Amazon

"Solid performers for hikers up to 90 pounds."

Best for Day Hiking: Tubbs Flex TRK Snowshoe at Amazon

"Its QuickPull binding cinches down easily and unlocks with the push of one buckle."

Best Lightweight: Komperdell Carbon Air Frame Snowshoe at Komperdell

"Each snowshoe only weighs 22.5 ounces."

Best for Deep Powder: Fimbulvetr Rangr-X Snowshoes at Moosejaw

"Built to penetrate the backcountry when terrain is covered in the deepest snow."

Best for Women: L.L.Bean Trailblazer Snowshoes with Boa Bindings at L.L. Bean

"Marries seamlessly with women’s winter boots from sizes 6 to 11."

Best for Running: Louis Garneau Course Boa Arc Snowshoe at Moosejaw

"Ideal for high-octane activities in the snow."

Our Top Picks

01 of 09

Best Overall: MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes

Assured traction and comfort are important characteristics in a reliable snowshoe, and the Revo Ascent from outdoor superstars MSR nails both perfectly. These snowshoes use the company’s Paragon binding system — a network of comfortable and cold-resistant mesh straps that wraps around shoes and boots of all sizes — with a toe stop that perfectly aligns your foot to give you the best in both comfort and control. Underfoot, the ExoTract uses aggressive perimeter teeth as well as durable steel DTX crampons to bite into hardpack, ice, and variable terrain, with an injection-molded plastic deck that provides torsional flex. An add-on modular flotation tail keeps you high above loose and deep snow. From powder to the ice to crud to hardpack, the Revo Ascent can handle it all — including some serious uphill action. Once you flip up the Ergo Televators with a pole grip, the raised sections underfoot make climbing steep terrain easier and less exhausting. They come in 22- and 25-inch sizes, with a max weight of four pounds and 10 ounces (per pair), and can handle up to 280 pounds when using the floating tails.

02 of 09

Best Value: Crescent Moon Eva Snowshoes

Crescent Moon has taken the conventional snowshoe design and put its own flair to it. Rather than a traditional set-up of semi-rigid plastic with loads of metal teeth, their Eva Foam Trail looks like your favorite sneaker combined with a snowshoe, from its upward-curved profile to the white contrasting lower sole to the ease of movement. That curvature delivers a rocker profile that lets the shoe bend and roll with your natural gait and provides extra cushioning and insulation. The simple hook-and-loop bindings are quick to use and secure nicely to even the bulkiest of snow boots. And the wide footprint allows the snowshoe to float on loose snow, with durable rubber lugs underfoot — which can be supplemented with ice cleats to take on more dangerous ground. The Eva isn’t the kind of snowshoe you’d use to climb an ice-covered peak or navigate through deep snow, but for hiking (or even running) on rolling terrain, these lower-profile shoes may be the most comfortable option out there.

03 of 09

Best for All-Mountain: Atlas Apex-MTN Snowshoe

The Apex-MTN from Atlas Snowshoes looks both lightweight (with its hollowed-out platform) and aggressive — thanks to the long crampons that sit in that hollowed-out section, which lets the spikes bite directly into the ice. Rather than wrestling with straps or buckles, Atlas uses a Boa lacing tech, a stainless steel wire that evenly distributes pressure across your foot with the twist of a dial, a system that’s easy to use and even easier for making quick adjustments in the field. That pairs with a standard elastic rubber heel strap to create an assured, highly controlled fit across a variety of boot sizes. The snowshoe sits on a frame construction that offers the flex of an elliptical nose with the perimeter traction of a serrated T-frame, along with a proprietary “Spring-Loaded” suspension that keeps the platform underfoot without constricting your foot’s articulation and delivers an even, comfortable position on even the trickiest off-angle surfaces. As with most high-end snowshoes, the Apex-MTN also comes with a heel lift bar to reduce fatigue on your calves and increase traction when climbing steep hills.

04 of 09

Best for Kids: MSR Tyker Snowshoes

Inspire your little ones to go deeper into the snow with the high-quality, easy-to-use Tyker Kid’s Snowshoe from MSR. Featuring bright colors and fun graphics, they’re also solid performers for hikers up to 90 pounds. The binding straps were built to accommodate smaller, mitten-clad hands, with steel crampons underneath to grip in hardpack and ice, along with traction bars made of molded plastic (rather than metal) to amp both traction and safety. And if this gateway into snowshoeing succeeds, MSR offers youth models for when your kids are ready for longer and faster snowshoeing. 

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05 of 09

Best for Day Hiking: Tubbs Flex TRK Snowshoe

Day hiking in the deep snow requires snowshoes that are easy to put on, delivers comfort while striding, and can provide serious traction in variable conditions and terrain — without adding too much weight for features that may be overkill. Enter Tubbs’ Flex TRK snowshoe: it boasts QuickPull binding, which cinches down easily across a variety of boot styles and unlocks with the push of one buckle. A pivoting toe stop makes it easy to adjust, while “Control Wings” that flank either side of the back of the snowshoe keep your heels aligned. In addition to the pivoting metal crampon, the Flex TRK comes with metal traction rails to help keep you sure-footed in uneven terrain, while the Flex Deck keeps things from feeling stiff. In many other ways, the Flex TRK keeps things pretty streamlined, but they did include a very hike-friendly heel lift, which pops up by triggering them with a pole grip. 

06 of 09

Best Lightweight: Komperdell Carbon Air Frame Snowshoe

Komperdell Carbon Air Frame

 Courtesy of Komperdell

According to a 1984 study from the U.S. Army Research Institute, one pound on your feet is the equivalent of carrying five pounds on your back, so serious snowshoe trekkers know that every ounce counts. That’s why Komperdell strived to cut half of the weight of their traditional models with the Carbon Air Frame. They swapped out aluminum for the more durable and considerably lighter carbon, and then laminated both the hollow frame and the decking at the same time (rather than the standard convention that separates the two) to drastically reduce weight and improve durability. Each snowshoe only weighs 22.5 ounces, with steel claws running on the sideboards and an aggressive crampon that sits underneath the springy, live-action hinge. The bindings come with an easy-to-use lacing system and a fixed heel strap to accommodate a variety of boot sizes. 

07 of 09

Best for Deep Powder: Fimbulvetr Rangr-X Snowshoes

Fimbulvetr Rangr-X

 Courtesy of REI

It’s safe to say that the Fimbulrvetr snowshoes look quite different from other models in the market. And while the honeycombed pattern of the snowshoe’s platform may look strange, it’s actually a high-performance update of the tennis-racket-style snowshoes. The Rangr-X, the brand’s first model, was built to penetrate the backcountry when terrain is covered in the deepest snow. Designed to support heavy loads, you can even do some multi-day winter backpacking over rolling terrain without worrying about getting stuck in the powder, thanks to the tremendous float provided by its wide, asymmetrical platform — which has been stress-tested in -40 Fahrenheit degree temps. An all-directional hinge at the binding adapts smoothly to any surface for traction and stability, while the new Hugin binding system makes the snowshoes easy to mount, with super-secure lacing that removes any hot spots or pressure points. The lightweight shoes only weigh 4.9 pounds. 

08 of 09

Best for Women: L.L.Bean Trailblazer Snowshoes with Boa Bindings

L.L.Bean Trailblazer with Boa Bindings

 Courtesy of L.L. Bean

Built to marry seamlessly with women’s winter boots from sizes 6 to 11, L.L. Bean’s Trailblazer Snowshoe with Boa Bindings will make it easy for female adventurers to get deep into winter. The svelte frame is crafted from lightweight, durable 6,000-series aluminum, with new deck mounts that stiffen the polyethylene platform to amp responsiveness. Optimal for half-day outings across rolling terrain and moderate slopes, these aren’t the snowshoes for steep ascents — but the network of metal spikes underfoot still provides solid traction across ice and snow. But it’s the lacing system on the bindings that make the Trailblazers really stand out. It uses a Boa closure system, constructed of 49 individual strands of aircraft-grade stainless steel wires, that’s activated via an easy-to-use adjustment knob. Pull the knob out and the heel strap releases, then slip on the snowshoes and tighten the knob for an even, secure fit that’s free of pressure points.

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09 of 09

Best for Running: Louis Garneau Course Boa Arc Snowshoe

Louis Garneau Course BOA Arc 721

 Courtesy of Moosejaw

If you’ve ever tried running in a conventional pair of snowshoes, you quickly realize it’s an exercise in futility as you attempt a wide-stride, high-knee posture that inevitably drives you a snowy tumble. Louis Garneau remedies this problem by creating an overall narrower platform in their Course Boa Arc 721. It’s almost as if your favorite trail running shoes morphed into snowshoes. These streamlined snowshoes are ideal for high-octane activities in the snow, with a super lightweight anodized aluminum frame with a curved arc that compliments the natural gait of a runner to add extra float. The brand’s Contact Sprint harness system includes a flexible pivot underfoot for assured stability and a Boa wire closure system that tightens with the twist of a dial and always provides pressure-free connection. The decking shrugs off excess snow, and the Attack crampons are made of 7075-T6 black anodized aluminum to bite into hard, slick surfaces.

Our Process

Our writers spent 10 hours researching and testing the most popular snowshoes on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 12 different snowshoes overall, screened options from 9 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 20 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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