15 responses

  1. bob
    February 14, 2013

    I agree, great snowshoe. And I think getting the modular tails provides a pretty good system for those who can only have one pair of ‘shoes. Add tails when more flotation is needed, go without when on crust or hardpack, or when more manueverability is needed. … And seriously, the televator heels rock.

  2. Sedona Trails
    February 14, 2013

    Great review. Pretty much covers a lot. Now I know what to look for when I actually decide to go snowshoeing :) thanks.

  3. Uncle Tom
    February 14, 2013

    Love my MSR Lightning Ascents- the Televator is so good here in New England. Also, super customer service after the sale.

  4. Deb
    February 14, 2013

    I have these, they are my first pair of snowshoes. The only issue is that I am a woman and the one time I tried the Televators just to test them I felt like they were placed just a little too far back and that my heel might just slip off to the front of the televator. Since it’s a unisex shoe there was no option for me to buy a women’s version. I would have to place the ball of my foot further back in the shoe and that would probably compromise my pivot action. So I haven’t really used the televators. Added the flotation tails once but we were on a tight packed trail with some really twisty turns and I almost tripped up a few times trying to go down some stepped sections so ended up taking the tails off and haven’t tried them in any deep powder yet. Still, they are an option and they made the workout even more intense for the short time we had them on. The braking action on downhills in phenomenal. They are crazy good on packed and semi-packed snow.

  5. Liz
    February 14, 2013

    Televators are the BOMB. I just bought a pair of Lightning Ascents and I am completely in love with the televators. Don’t know how I lived without them for so long.

  6. mazzachusetts
    February 14, 2013

    I have these on my wish list for the televators and because they will fit snowboard boots.
    I have a really crummy pair of Atlas and though they have almost no traction, they rock for “Snowshoe skiing”. I’ve tried the Evo’s and they are a bit too grippy for this but 10 times better overall. Great review.

  7. Trevor
    February 16, 2013

    thanks for the review. just bought a pair of MSR lighting ascents. What type of boots do you typically wear on winter hikes?

  8. John D
    February 16, 2013

    Back in the early eighties my buddies and I badly wanted snowshoes. At that time money was scarce and snowshoes were crazy expensive. These snowshoes were introduced in the late eighties and they were much less expensive. This drove down the cost of snowshoes since other brands rushed to lower prices in order to compete. I bought a pair of these (lower model) on sale in 88 for just under $100. They were awesome and my friends also bought them.
    I was impressed by the quality as well as the price. They are lightweight and the snow does not stick to the plastic. On ice the metal crampons give good traction. The bindings are easy to use with gloves and provide a tight fit. We have found them to be indestructible.

  9. PaulA
    September 3, 2013

    Phil, looking for a first pair of snowshoes for tromping the Cairngorms.
    At less than 180 lbs even with overnight gear thought the Evo’s looked a reasonable all-rounder, since you are aware of the general Cairngorms terrain your thoughts would be welcome.

    • Philip Werner
      September 3, 2013

      Paul,

      What is the snow depth like? Is it deep? Are the routes you will be walking broken out or will you be breaking them? If you need more flotation but want a good climber, I would recommend the MSR lightning ascent over the evo ascent. The evo would be better if snow depth is shallow and you will be torsioning the snowshoes on rocks.

      • PaulA
        September 6, 2013

        Generally the Cairngorms only gets 6″ – 12″ of snow in one dump & normally wet stuff not the fine powder, drifting can be considerable in places but these areas are generally avoidable, other areas can be wind swept down to the heather & rocks. Usually a dump is followed by freeze/ thaw cycles that within a couple of weeks consolidates the pack (unless we get another dump).
        I’ll normally be breaking trail though quite mixed ground, areas where boots would ‘hole’ up to 12″ deep and then a few inches of snow, snow/ heather/ rock mix or bomber neve. This seemed more akin to your ‘bushwhacking’ experience than plodding along trails though 3 ft of fresh powder.

      • Philip Werner
        September 6, 2013

        Thought so. Make sure you get the “evo ascent” and not the “evo” which is a recreational snowshoe. The heel bail is definitely worth getting if you have any ascents.

  10. PaulA
    September 6, 2013

    Thanks, a pair Evo Ascents is now on order…..now all we need is winter!

  11. Ben Weaver
    November 13, 2013

    Phil, Great write-up! I am interested in buying snow shoes. I will be using the snow shoes in the Catskills and Adirondacks this season. Next year I plan on doing winter hikes in the Presidential range. I will not(at least Im not intending to) be bushwhacking. In your experience would the EVO ascents be a good choice, or would you recomend the Lightning Ascents? Thanks Phil!
    Ben in Lancaster, PA.

    • Philip Werner
      November 13, 2013

      The lightning ascents if you mainly hike on trails, the evo ascents if you mainly do bushwhacks.

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