Some ski and others ride ― but for a few of us, this time of year marks the start of snowshoeing season. If you’re in the market for a new pair of snowshoes this year, we’ve listed some of the highest rated men’s and women’s models from three of the industry’s leading brands.
Atlas offers men’s and women’s models designed for four different types of snowshoe activity. For mountain hikers, snowshoes in the 12 Series and Elektra 12 Series feature stainless steel toe crampons and locking rear traction to assist with steep climbs. The Aspect models feature PackFlat bindings for snowboard or mountaineering boots, making them suitable for back-country treks. The 9 Series, equipped with Free-Rotating Suspension (FRS) and ultra-comfortable Wrapp bindings, is geared toward trail hikers. And if increasing speed is your primary objective, the unisex Race models feature a featherweight binding and Speed V-Frame to help improve your stride on the snow.
In addition to camping stoves, tents, and a vast array of other outdoor gear, MSR is also one of the country’s most reputable snowshoe providers. Whatever your needs, the brand’s Lightning series has you covered. The streamlined shape and lightweight frame of the Lightning Flash models make them suitable for trekking across groomed trails and rolling terrain. Lightning Axis snowshoes are better suited for day-long hikes across relatively flat surfaces, thanks to laterally adjustable bindings that enable you to make efficient, parallel tracks. And the Lightning Ascent snowshoes, outfitted with cramp-on teeth and ultra-secure PosiLock AT bindings, will help you navigate steep, rugged routes. The Flash, Axis, and Ascent are all available in women’s sizes, as well.
Tubbs offers a wide selection of snowshoes for different types of terrain. The Mountaineer is equipped with an ActiveFit binding and 8-point Anaconda crampon to aid with back-country explorations, while the Xpedition and Flex ALP models feature an ActiveLift 19° heel lift to aid with icy climbs. The Flex TRK, Flex NRG, and Journey snowshoes are outfitted with bindings designed to provide ergonomic support and comfort for day hikers. And the Frontier, Xplore, and Flex ESC models feature wider dimensions and slip-in bindings to accommodate trail walkers. All of the aforementioned models are available in women’s sizes, and some kids’ models are also available.