The 3 Best Backcountry Snowshoes for Man reviews

Top 3

  Louis Garneau Blizzard II Snowshoe - Men's
Komperdell Powder 25 Snowshoe - Men's
  Louis Garneau Blizzard II Snowshoe - Men's MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe - Men's Komperdell Powder 25 Snowshoe - Men's
Rating ★★★★★ ★★★★☆ -
Binding PosiLock Contact harness with EVa fixed
Brand MSR Louis Garneau Komperdell
Claimed Weight [pair, 22in] 3lb 13oz, [pair, 25in] 4lb, [pair, 30in] 4lb 9oz [825] 4 lb 11.2 oz, [930] 5 lb 6.4 oz, [1036] 5 lb 14.4 oz -
Deck Material ballistic nylon Lightec Hypalon
Frame Material aluminum, steel 6061-T6 aluminum aluminum
Heel Risers Ergo Televators yes, Traxion HCS front crampons yes
Manufacturer Warranty limited 3 years 1 year 3 years
Recommended Use backcountry snowshoeing, snowshoe hiking snowshoeing, winter hiking backcountry snowshoeing, snowshoe hiking
Recommended User Weight [22in with tails] 250lb, [22in without tails] 180lb, [25in with tails] 120-280lb, [25in without tails] 120-220lb, [30in with tails] 180-300+lb, [30in without tails] 150-280lb [825] 100 - 220 lb, [930] 150 - 250 lb, [1036] 200 - 300 lb [maximum] 220lb
Side Rails yes - yes

Louis Garneau Blizzard II Snowshoe - Men's

Louis Garneau designed its Men's Blizzard Snowshoe for steep ascents so you can get to the summit and back before dinner. Its sturdy Contour frame keeps you light on your feet so you can cover miles faster, and its optimized surface area and easy snow-shedding ability give you a natural stride in deep powder.

The Freeflex pivot provides excellent shock absorption and free foot rotation on the axle for an efficient stride. Traxion HCS carbon steel front crampons offer multidirectional traction for reliable traction on everything from powdery approaches to icy steeps. The Contact harness system utilizes Boa technology to helps you lock in the perfect fit with the twist of a dial so you don't have to deal with pesky straps, and it cinches across any shoe whether its a hiking boot or a snowboard boot. Louis Garneau added EVA padding to prevent any discomfort during all-day excursions.

Lightec decking remains flexible in temperatures as low as -40F for ideal performance regardless of the weather, and the Connect fastener system attaches the deck to the frame to enhance durability and boost the snowshoe's lateral traction over uneven terrain. The Gradient heel riser reduces the distance of each step to minimize calf fatigue when you're climbing steep slopes.

  • Contour 6061-T6 aluminum frame
  • Contact harness with Boa fit system
  • Connect fastener system
  • Lightec decking
  • FreeFlex pivot
  • Gradient heel riser
  • Multi-directional Traxion HCS carbon steel crampons
  • Item #LGN006T
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    MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe - Men's

    When the backcountry is calling your name, throw on your MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes to take a trek through the mountains and enjoy the backcountry at a slower pace. Featuring decking made from ballistic nylon, the Lightning Ascents can handle steep ascents up snow-covered mountains and leisurely strolls through powder-filled meadows with equal aplomb. The frame provide 360-degree traction when you're crossing a field of powder or ascending a wind-blown ridgeline, and PosiLock AT bindings work with Torsion2 crampons to provide sure-footed traction. Heel risers in the rear work to prevent overworking and reduce fatigue so you can enjoy more time in the untamed winter wilderness.

  • Adventure-ready snowshoes for mountainous terrain
  • Ballistic nylon decking stands up to rough terrain
  • 360-degree traction frame provides grip anywhere
  • Torsion3 Crampons with PosiLock AT binding for support
  • Heel risers help reduce fatigue during long climbs
  • Item #CAS00BU
  • You guys here to do another quick kind. Of unboxing i guess this is the msr. Ascent snowshoes so I've got two of them. Here i kind of hiked in a little way to start this video so i did use these for. A little bit and they're extremely light. Compared to a lot of the other snow shoes that I've used which is great. They've also got a pretty nice strap system here it just all you have to do. Are you hook it around a little hook here and then it kind of pops through the. Hole on the side and then you can just put the extra stuff in this little clip. On the end there so it stays out of the. Way if yours is your foots not in there it. Does come loose quite easily i was kind of hoping that the heels would stay in place so that i wouldn't have to keep hooking them up and kind of figuring out where my heel needs to be every time they are marked as to where the ball of. Your foot should be so there's a little pad here and it just says ball of foot. Right here and it marks left and right on them as well which is great because i couldn't figure out which side was which until i found that so of course as most. Of my gear its msr i really like msl's. Quality and these are really great as well it was kind of between these and the solid ones, and they're not made of. Plastic but they're made of something similar to plastic but i did decide to go with these because it is just a material here so it'd be a little bit lighter and i don't know i kind of like. The style of these a little bit better i thought they'd have a little bit more movement make it a little bit easier on climbing cables and that kind of stuff I'll just show you the back here as well so you've got a nice grip. On both sides of the back from so it'll. Keep you from sliding side to side as well as to permanent spikes on here so. You can't slide up and down hills and then of course you have the toe spike as well which helps you walk as you're going uphill so on my short little hike in here i didn't notice a lot of kick up of snow every time you take a. Step how the that kind of catches up to you i didn't really notice a lot of that my pants are still pretty dry of course. There's a little bit but that's pretty much with every snowshoe I've ever and it always kind of kicks up a little bit but this one's not too bad it's as well. Got the foot rail here just makes it a little bit easier if you're climbing up hills so rather than having your foot come all the way back to the base here every time it'll stop right up here and. It just makes it so that it seems like you're walking on a little bit of flatter ground haven't tried this out yet um there are quite a few mountains right around where i am here but I'm not quite into that much of a hike today i just went skiing all morning so i thought I'd try and get this out does a. Nice little review of these while i was here so other than that like i said. It is msr, so they're great snowshoes never had a problem with any msr product. I've ever used everything's lasted me at least three. Four years before I've even had to start. Thinking about replacing it most of the msr stuff i have still hasn't worn out and I've had it for 10 years 15 years even on some of them i. Think so i know my tent I've had for. Probably four years now and it's as good. As the day i purchased it like it's just great materials create everything so. Hopefully these will be the same I'm a little bit worried about the material here i have to see how it does in like -. 40 - 50 if I'm out hiking but hopefully. It'll last seems to be a pretty good material and i can't imagine a mess i. Would make it out of something that wouldn't be able to handle the colder temperatures so I'm just gonna bring the. Camera in a little bit closer and then I'll show you guys how i hook these up and then I'll probably roll in some. Hiking footage as well just so you can see what the kick ups like and how they. Actually look when they're on your feet you're right back. So they're super easy to get into just got to kind of move all the stops over the way and then put your foot in make. Sure it's right in the right spot here all right where it says the ball of your foot schools to me and make sure you got it on the right foot as well and these i like to start at the heel just because. That kind of centers in where everything. Else is gonna go so i put my heel in tighten it up and then just kind of make. Sure your foots comfortable where it is there and then i work my way towards the. Toe now I'm not sure if this is the. Right way to do it but this is just the way that I've been doing it so you have a different way let me know in the comments and i don't know maybe I'll try. Your way maybe it works better I'm not sure so just working your way all the. Way up to the front kind of move these. Strap holders back a little bit so i hold more of the strap. Kind of one of the disadvantages to these compared to an atlas pair. That i tried on one of my other videos is with the atlas pair you just kind of. Slid your foot in and then you pulled one string in it tightened all of them which is really nice but i think this. Will be a little bit better if there's a lot of ice and stuff around it just because it's such an easy strap on the. Side there and it just pops right out whereas at the atlas ones you had to push a button and if there was ice stuck in there or there was too much snow like. Your foot was in too deep in the snow it might be a little bit hard to undo but. As far as these go that's as easy it is as it is to tie up so I'll just. Put on the other one here and then I'll go for a little bit of a hike. So actually luck don't happened to be a. Nice little frozen stream out here so i actually got to test them out on a little bit of ice and from what I've. Walked around on its own fire it's actually being really good there's no side to side slipping like even if i try. And slide side to side to make me say exactly where they're supposed to be the toe grip works great on it heel is good. As well having those two horizontal and two horizontal spikes on here makes it. Really easy so I'm not worried about sliding forward or backwards at any point in time you know this isn't exactly the most solid ice in the world it is a little bit flexible but it's as. Good as i can get for right now i guess it's a little bit weird that it's about completely frozen over at this time of year it's been - 25 - 30 degrees Celsius. For the last couple weeks here and. There's actually a little bit of slush just a little ways up there so it is a little bit warmer today it's only about minus 11 degrees Celsius so it's not too. Bad but I'm actually really happy that it worked really well on this ice that means my adventures can go quite a bit further out and maybe do a couple lake crossings river crossings that kind of thing depending on how frozen the river is. And of course you wouldn't want to walk across the river that wasn't frozen anyways thanks for watching this review and i guess unboxing of the msr. Lightning ascent snow shoes see you guys for my next adventure review thanks for watching.

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    Komperdell Powder 25 Snowshoe - Men's

    The Komperdell Men's Powder 25 Snowshoe falls neatly into the happy medium of the Summit series, built for the average snowshoe hiker traveling with a day pack or snowboarding equipment. Anodized aluminum provides a lightweight yet robust frame, with a U-shaped tail and rocker profile for easy stomping through deep snow. The decking material is tenacious and snow-repellent, so you won't find yourself gathering heavy powder as you hike, and it's resistant to chemicals, sun damage, and temperature extremes. Komperdell equipped these snowshoes with a front-claw at the fore-foot, and ice-rails integrated into the frame, giving you steady footing and good traction on ice and snow.

  • A quality snowshoe for trekking and split-boarding
  • Rocker construction designed for travel in the snow
  • Aluminum frame offers a durable, lightweight platform
  • Robust decking material is built to last in the cold and sun
  • Claws and side rails help you bite into icy terrain
  • Integrated heel lift assists with steeper assents
  • Easy step-in bindings adjust to fit all types and sizes of boot
  • Item #KOM003I
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