Gear Review: MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoes

I use these snowshoes all winter, and can’t say enough good things about them. They are virtually indestructible, and have never failed me after many hard miles in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I’ve seen lots of other snowshoes fail, and the MSR’s don’t really have a failure point that would render them useless like other models. I carry the field service kit with me just in case a strap breaks, but even if one did and I was without the kit, they will still function and you can take one of the other straps to replace on if it did fail. They can also be used as a shovel in an emergency. The televator is so extremely helpful on steep trails, keeping your foot level even when ascending a very steep slope, and the aggressive crampons do well with ice crusted ledges.

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All-terrain traction combines with MSR’s new, ber-secure PosiLock AT bindings and energy-saving Televator heel lifts to let the Evo Ascent snowshoes take you anywhere you want (or need) to go. The rugged traction of our UniBody decks and Pivot Crampons deliver top-notch security, while Modular Flotation tails allow a single pair of snowshoes to provide flotation across a broad range of snow conditions.


New England Hundred Highest – North East Cannonball

This weekend I hiked into Lonesome Lake Hut for a weekend with my hiking friends. We got into the hut by the lonesome lake trail with no problems, and got setup and had a fine dinner. We spent some time watching for the forecasted meteor showers, and I took some long exposure photos with my new camera. On Sunday we woke up to clear skies and set out for North East Cannonball. The trail around the lake was semi frozen and slippery in places. We then started climbing and at the junction of the Kinsman Ridge Trail decided it was necessary to put on our Microspikes. The short hike up to the unmarked summit was very steep and ice covered and I was concerned coming down would be very dangerous. We spent some time at the lookouts near the summit and then headed back the same way we came. The view over to North Kinsman was fantastic. We stopped at the hut for a few moments to pack up our overnight gear, and then headed back to the car. In short, North East Cannonball has a fine view for an easily accessible summit, I would say it is best combined with Cannon, but makes a great short trip for those with limited time or looking for an easy hike from the hut.

Distance: 6.48 mi
Elevation Gain: 2,086 ft

This light, versatile traction system from Kahtoola is designed for use with any common footwear from trail running shoes to hiking boots to snow boots.