Gear Review: MSR Evo 22 Snowshoes

The MSR Brand

MSR is a highly respected company within the outdoor community. They make a wide range of gear including one of my favorites the MSR Dromlite and the always well reviewed MSR Hubba Hubba Tent. When looking for snowshoes, you know that you can trust the MSR brand.

Quality for Price

When I was looking for snowshoes, I knew I didn't want to pay over $150. The MSR Lightning Ascent is one of the best around for its ease of use and technical specs but at $240 it was a bit over my budget. The Tubbs Mountaineer is even more expensive at $270. I then looked for lower budget snowshoes and found the MSR Evo 22 Snowshoes for $112 on Amazon!

For only $112, the Evos worked great in all kinds of New England winter hiking conditions. They are Rolling Terrain snowshoes with a load of up to 180 lbs. The frame and deck are made from plastic. On our trip to Mount Waumbek, we had to trail-break the entire way through 5 inches of new snow. Even without the extra inserts, the Evos made the trip much easier! On our hike to Mount Cabot, we encountered different winter terrain: melting slush and granular snow. The Evos were again holding up to the added slippery terrain and gave us great traction, support, and ease of hiking during the ascent.

The only downsides to the Evos are that during descents, we found that the straps would sometimes come undone and we would have to reclip them in. Other than that, these snowshoes are the best bang for your buck.