The Best Snowshoes (2021 Reviews)

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Whether you just want to have fun and play like a kid or you want to aim for higher goals, snowshoeing is a blast.

Even though it takes a little more effort than hiking, snowshoeing offers much more variety that you won’t get from ordinary footwear.

In this article we will discuss the best snowshoes for hikers, review some of the most popular and highly rated models, and take a close look at snowshoe features to make sure you choose the best snowshoes for your needs.

NameCategoryProduct
Chinook 80006 Trekker SnowshoesBest OverallChinook 80006 Trekker Snowshoes
ALPS Adult All Terrian Snowshoes SetBudget PickALPS Adult All Terrian Snowshoes Set
TSL Snowshoes Symbioz Elite SnowshoeUpgrade PickTSL Snowshoes Symbioz Elite Snowshoe

1. Chinook 80006 Trekker Snowshoes

Our rating: 9 / 10

Chinook 80006 Trekker Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Breathable and comfortable design
  • Lightweight material
  • Easily adjustable
  • Secure, slip-resistant bindings
  • Good traction on various surfaces
  • Good value for money

Snowshoe, Black.

2. MSR Lightning Ascent Backcountry & Mountaineering Snowshoes

Our rating: 9 / 10

MSR Lightning Ascent Backcountry & Mountaineering Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Very lightweight
  • Great for moderate terrain
  • Fantastic at climbing & provides a very secure grip

Cons:

  • Not very stable on flat surfaces
  • Customers felt that it was difficult to get the shoes out of the bindings once they were snowshoeing & needed to use tools

These MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes are great for winter hiking and are very lightweight. Although they are good for moderate terrain, they are not suited for extremely difficult going.

They have a great grip and are ideal if you are going to be walking over winter hills. They will help you to climb straight up vertical snow covered hills and provide a very secure grip.

They are very easy to take on and off when walking along flat areas and are great for keeping you dry. When you stop for a breather, you should remember to pull them up high and keep your dry socks off the icy cold snow.

3. MSR Evo Trail 22-Inch Hiking Snowshoes

Our rating: 9 / 10

MSR Evo Trail 22-Inch Hiking Snowshoes

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The MSR Evo Trail is a fairly affordable snowshoe that won’t break your budget. It’s worth mentioning that MSR has a fantastic warranty that covers the Evo Trail. This means that if the snowshoe’s frames or bindings are defective, they’ll be replaced for free, even if it’s months afterward.

The Evo Trail tends to be a fairly light snowshoe. It weighs a total of 2.4 pounds, significantly lighter than the Bogs Classic.

It’s one of the easiest snowshoes to put on that we reviewed as it has a low-profile design with hinges. You won’t need to struggle to put on the Evo Trails even when your hands are cold. You can also quickly and easily take them off.

4. WildHorn Outfitters Sawtooth Snowshoes

Our rating: 8 / 10

WildHorn Outfitters Sawtooth Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Fit a large range of leg sizes
  • Great for a variety of terrains
  • 300-lb weight capacity
  • Cushioned foot-beds
  • Easy to adjust/adjusts automatically
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Might not work well for light snow
  • Not ideal for moving fast

If you are in the market for some snowshoes for your next camping trip, here are some recommendations.

At 5 pounds and 15 inches, the WildHorn Outfitters snowshoes easily fold up to be compact and easy to carry. Unlike other kinds of snowshoes, this model has a folding design and enables you to easily store it when not in use. WildHorn Outfitters has tried to ensure that you have the best quality of time when you are out camping in the winter.

For large snowshoes, this pair is a bit small, but that is a good thing. The small V-shape makes it easier for you to walk through the snow. These snowshoes are perfect for beginners to be able to get some practice.

5. FLASHTEK 21/25/30 Inches Light Weight Snowshoes

Our rating: 8 / 10

FLASHTEK 21/25/30 Inches Light Weight Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Covers large areas quickly and efficiently
  • Works well on steep and snowy trails
  • Lightweight at only 3 lbs
  • Includes a carry bag
  • Ultra-durable
  • Comfortable to wear

Cons:

  • Not the best for people with wide feet
  • Only available in one color

These are the best cheap pairs of snowshoes for trekking if you live in an area where there is deep snowfall in the winter.

Materials: These shoes are made of aluminum, which means they’re much lighter than steel shoes. They are also durable enough to be used on rough terrain.

Width: The width of this shoe is 7 inches. This is the minimal possible width to effectively distribute the weight of your shoes over the surface area of the snow.

6. Winterial Onyx Premium Snowshoes 25 Inch Mountain Terrain Black Snow Shoes

Our rating: 8 / 10

Winterial Onyx Premium Snowshoes 25 Inch Mountain Terrain Black Snow Shoes

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Pros:

  • Tougher than the easiest plastic models
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive

Cons:

  • Doesn’t fold up for compact storage
  • Not suitable for those looking to speed along trails
  • Quality compromises

The Winterial Onyx are some of the best snowshoes to hit the market in quite some time. They are built mostly from extremely durable plastics that help to make for a very sturdy, comfortable and reliable snowshoe that is perfect for most intents and purposes.

They are also quite adjustable to go along with the best fit for most people, and should comfortably fit almost any foot size. The bindings and straps are also some of the finest and easiest to use that we have seen in quite some time, and could make for a very good snowshoe for beginners.

7. MSR Evo Snowshoe 6 Inch Accessory Tail

Our rating: 8 / 10

MSR Evo Snowshoe 6 Inch Accessory Tail

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Pros:

  • Easily attach to your MSR Evo snowshoes
  • Made of pliable plastic to increase flotation on deep or powdery snow
  • Versatile enough for situations where snow depth is variable
  • Made right here in the USA

8. Thunder Bay Lightweight Aluminum-Alloy Snowshoes

Our rating: 7 / 10

Thunder Bay Lightweight Aluminum-Alloy Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Ideal for kids
  • Lightweight
  • Available in different sizes
  • Handle locks
  • Running laces
  • Five layers of hoop steel for extra strength
  • Durable aluminum alloy frame

9. Lucky Bums Youth and Adult Snowshoes

Our rating: 7 / 10

Lucky Bums Youth and Adult Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Easy and quick assembly: Most reviews on these snowshoes have praised how quickly they assemble and set to work. Either roomy enough to go for those in their mid teens or the perfect size for those in their late forties, these are the snowshoes for you.
  • Attractively priced, you won’t pander much to get these.
  • Much lighter than your father’s old snowshoes.
  • Great for those mid teens that want to learn some snowshoeing tricks, this 4-pair package is for them.
  • Best for those that have a little snowshoe hiking experience, these are comfortable and stylish enough for them.

Cons:

  • Not much for those that are looking for Snowshoeing Expert or even Advanced.
  • Slightly narrow
  • Not the best for those that are looking for an aggressive and fast paced workout.
  • Weighing only 1lbs, they’re about as light as the Backcountry Access Trailhead Snowshoes.
  • The crampon size is quite small for a 3-season pair of snowshoes.

10. Yukon Charlies Advanced Spin Snowshoe

Our rating: 6 / 10

Yukon Charlies Advanced Spin Snowshoe

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Pros:

  • With their easy fit and release system, they’re go-to snowshoes for winter outdoor leisure
  • Comfortable and light
  • Slip on and off without any hassle. Wear and throw away the binding when you’re done so you don’t have to worry about losing them
  • Slim and sleek design so they’re great to pack away
  • Great for kids

Cons:

  • Not very durable as they tend to go split quite quickly.

These shoes are a great option if you live in an area that gets some snowfall every winter. Those who live in areas that see a lot of white stuff can find these shoes a little bit frustrating as their performance during that kind of weather isn’t great.

For many areas, they’re the best snowshoes that the company offers. If you’re looking for something that will withstand some serious snow, then you should look elsewhere.

They’re ideal for those who like to get everyone in the family involved in winter sports. When you’re not using them for snowshoeing, throw them in your bag for another adventure. They slip on easy and off as well.

11. Gpeng Xtreme Lightweight Terrain Snowshoes

Our rating: 6 / 10

Gpeng Xtreme Lightweight Terrain Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Great for cold-weather exercise
  • Easy to carry – totes available
  • Sheds snow and ice easily

(XS/S/M/L/XL)

This is a great pair of snowshoes for the price.

This is a good value for the money, not necessarily the best of the best, but get the job done.

12. ALPS Adult All Terrian Snowshoes Set

Our rating: 6 / 10

ALPS Adult All Terrian Snowshoes Set

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(Tree Pattern)

These snows shoes are pretty rigid, and offer a stable footing during your strolls through the snow. The 33-inch aluminum frame and 24 steel crossbars will distribute your weight across the shoes and the surface underneath you.

We like that you are able to adjust the bindings for a better fit. You’ll be able to walk easily on snow and mud without sinking, and the steel frame makes it easy to be on your feet for any extended period of time.

13. Atlas Snowshoes Spindrift

Our rating: 6 / 10

Atlas Snowshoes Spindrift

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Pros:

  • Comfortable walking
  • Inexpensive
  • Better for walking on groomed trails than running on snow
  • Lightweight

Here is a great set of snowshoes for the occasional snowshoer. We recommend them for people who want to snowshoe as a way to enjoy nature and have a little fun. Light control is also important for this kind of snowshoe, to help you navigate difficult terrain.

These snowshoes are pretty lightweight and are great for controlling your movement on the snow.

14. Carryown Xtreme Light Weight Snowshoes Set

Our rating: 6 / 10

Carryown Xtreme Light Weight Snowshoes Set

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Pros:

  • Light and tough
  • Durable construction with high quality aluminum that is very flexible, the bindings can be tightened with a screwdriver or a pocketknife if it comes loose

You get what you pay for and we believe that this is a great quality snowshoe at a very affordable price.

15. Redfeather Trek 30 SV2 Snowshoe Kit

Our rating: 6 / 10

Redfeather Trek 30 SV2 Snowshoe Kit

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This is a snowshoe designed for a more rugged outdoor experience where no roads or trails are available.

This makes them excellent for medium to longer recreational hikes. They’re best used by those that have some limited experience using snowshoes.

16. ALPS Lightweight Snowshoes Set

Our rating: 6 / 10

ALPS Lightweight Snowshoes Set

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Pros:

  • Good design and quality of construction
  • Comfortable and supportive
  • Easily attach to boots
  • Easy to put together
  • Good for price

These affordable snowshoes could be a great choice for your outdoor adventures. They are sturdy and easy to adjust.

The ALPS snowshoes are designed for both indoor and outdoor activities. They have a sturdy aluminum frame and are lightweight but sturdy. They also have an ergonomic grip for comfort.

17. Pansel 21"/22"/25"/30"/36" Snowshoes

Our rating: 6 / 10

Pansel 21"/22"/25"/30"/36" Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Adjustable size
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy
  • Not slippery

The Pansel snow shoes were designed with North American Mountain Adaptive Sports (NAMAS) for disabled athletes, especially in mind. Each shoe is made from quality aluminum alloy, so you can rely on these shoes to last you for many years.

The two buckles on each snow shoe are fully adjustable. The longer length is designed to fit large individuals, while the shorter length will fit smaller individuals. The adjustable buckle system also allows the shoes to expand or contract for maximum comfort and individual comfort for each athlete.

18. TSL Snowshoes Symbioz Elite Snowshoe

Our rating: 6 / 10

TSL Snowshoes Symbioz Elite Snowshoe

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Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Specially designed for beginners
  • Amp Up Lace System
  • Flotation Channels
  • Easy to use
  • Versatile
  • Strong Frame
  • Foldable
  • Weather Resistant
  • Control Grips

It is easy to see why the TSL Expedition Snowshoes are so popular. They are made of high quality material making them very durable and risk free. The pair comes with everything that you need to set them up for the first time even including the snowshoe runners. The bindings also come pre-assembled, which makes it so much easier to use them.

The frame made out of aluminum is strong and lightweight. It is extremely easy to setup, weighing only about 3lbs, especially when compared to the traditional snowshoes that are made of wood. The frame’s design makes it durable and highly resistant to corrosion and cold weather.

The snowshoes are also great for beginners. It is easy to set up, use and fold to store away if you do not want to use them. They are great for going on expeditions and skiing in the mountains or even on the snow.

19. ATLAS FITNESS SNOWSHOE 22

Our rating: 5 / 10

ATLAS FITNESS SNOWSHOE 22

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Pros:

  • Includes a GPS with the waypoints feature (upon buying this feature)
  • Ergonomically-shaped frame
  • Snowshoes easily fit through the frames of most snowmobiles
  • Numerous color choices

Cons:

  • Not good for heavy snowfall
  • Poor quality bindings from many users
  • Shoe lace often breaks during usage

Just as how walking becomes less fun when the snow piles up, hiking and backpacking become more challenging. Snowshoeing is the most fun way among others to still enjoy the outdoors when your area is highly snow-covered.

That is why it is often used by hikers and backpackers who live in the snowiest areas. Backpacking using snowshoes is like walking on a bear skin rug rather than on a frozen glacier. Snowshoes will make your experience go from cold to warm.

Another benefit of using snowshoes for your backpacking or hiking trips is that it allows you to do more distance, go faster and further, and cover the area more comprehensively during your expeditions than without snowshoes.

20. MSR Revo Explore Snowshoe

Our rating: 5 / 10

MSR Revo Explore Snowshoe

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Pros:

  • Lightest Backcountry Snowshoes
  • MSR quality parts
  • Many snowshoe walkers rave about how sturdy they are
  • No-fuss binding system

Cons:

  • Metal tips can get punctured easily
  • You may need an additional pair of winter boots
  • The parts may become loose after a few months

This is one of our top picks for the best backcountry snowshoes on the market.

It has a low profile that will let your legs stay closer to the ground. This will aid in stability and performance.

The surface area is 8×19 inches. The MSR Revo is great for high-volume terrain.

21. Atlas Snowshoes BOA Run Men's Speed Snowshoes

Our rating: 4 / 10

Atlas Snowshoes BOA Run Men's Speed Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Great for getting out on the trail with relative ease

Best Features: Aluminum frame, EVA traction soles, nonslip bindings, Tuck-On crampon (hike-in technology), and tailwinds.

First off, the Atlas snowshoes stand alone from other snowshoes on the market with its ability to run. Unlike other snowshoes, which are cumbersome and difficult to move quickly while snowshoeing it, the Atlas Snowshoe allows you to jog while walking over plowed snow, ice, or packed snow. It even allows for you to run on packed snow.

It is a great product for those who enjoy outdoors sports. The Atlas Snowshoes are suitable for someone who is looking for an outdoor hobby that cannot restrict their movements.

22. CRESCENT MOON Gold 12 Aluminum Snowshoes

Our rating: 4 / 10

CRESCENT MOON Gold 12 Aluminum Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Perfect for running, walking, hiking
  • Adjustable bindings
  • Includes “booties” that provide a better grip for the toes
  • Relatively low price
  • Very lightweight

If you’re looking for affordable snowshoes for running, then why not try the brand name Crescent Moon Gold 12?

This aluminum snowshoe is known for being very lightweight, which should be good for those who are just looking to get some moderate exercise through winter. This one pair weighs only 5.5 lbs, which is a lot less than other snowshoes on the market.

The soles are very flexible, allowing you to walk as if you’re barefoot over snowy terrain. This feels safer than running with stiffer snowshoe soles, as it would be easier to slip.

23. Atlas Snowshoes Race Snowshoe

Our rating: 4 / 10

Atlas Snowshoes Race Snowshoe

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Pros:

  • Great balance between being lightweight and sturdy
  • Lightweight and sturdy
  • Lightweight yet sturdy and strong enough for self-sufficient hiking
  • Provides for an excellent amount of traction
  • Sturdy structure will easily last through many years of regular usage, over rough terrain and under harsh weather conditions
  • The frame is composed of 100% aluminium
  • Provides excellent stability due to its lightweight and sturdy composition
  • Provides optimal comfort due to the ergonomically designed rubber foot bed
  • It can easily accommodate and carry heavier weight than most snowshoes out there
  • Rubber-like binding straps are not only easy to adjust but also last long

The Atlas Snowshoes 10 inch is an 18-19 Model, which is very flexible and can be used for many different purposes.

24. Redfeather Pace 500 Summit Recreational Snowshoes

Our rating: 3 / 10

Redfeather Pace 500 Summit Recreational Snowshoes

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Pros:

  • Lightweight and sturdy
  • Stable and comfortable
  • Wide and easy to walk
  • Perfect for all-terrain
  • Affordable, multipurpose snowshoes

For an economical choice for anyone looking to add snowshoeing to their hobbies, the Redfeather Pace 500 Summit Recreational Snowshoes is the one for you.

It is lightweight enough for those just starting out with snowshoeing. But even the most experienced snowshoer will appreciate its durability.

This pair of snowshoes can handle uneven snow and snow deeper than 18 inches.

25. CRESCENT MOON

Our rating: 3 / 10

CRESCENT MOON

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Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Aluminum frame

This snowshoe is well-suited for high-profile snow and comes with large toe crampons that are perfect for ice and firm snow.

The crampons are also adjustable for a variety of users and different types of terrain. This snowshoe is available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

It has a foldable accordion frame for easy storage and comes with adjustable bindings for around your boots.

26. RedFeather 166270 Vapor Snow Shoes

Our rating: 2 / 10

RedFeather 166270 Vapor Snow Shoes

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The binding system sits above the vapor chassis, allowing the Vapor to be worn while hiking. This allows users to wear the Vapor on a wider variety of trails and in a wider variety of conditions, making it less limiting than less versatile snowshoes.

The binding system allows users to continue wearing the RedFeather Vapor on cross-country trails when the snow is gone, reducing the number of gear changes required during an outing and allowing users to bond more with the Earth.

The Vapor snowshoes utilize a rigid canopy to support seven evenly-spaced crossbars and a center bar. This sturdy frame encourages users to walk with a natural gait, improving balance and strength.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best brand of snowshoes?

To rate the best brand of snowshoes, I considered several major factors: quality of construction, durability of the aluminum frames, range of use, and price. Ironically, the best quality snowshoes aren’t always the most expensive, but they all offer superb value that cannot be matched.

What are the best snowshoes for deep snow?

Most standard snowshoes are perfect for many sledging situations, however, they are a little too flimsy for deep snow. If you are sledging in deep snow, go for wider, more durable snowshoes as they can more easily cope with the smooth bottoms. Also, if possible, try to go with a snowshoe that has a back-strap.

When walking in deep snow, using two snowshoes instead of one used to be the only option. However, some modern snowshoes are designed in such a way that they can be used on either foot. This makes them easier to pull off and also gives you more freedom and flexibility.

What to look for when buying snowshoes?

There are numerous types and also different sizes. You want to find the snowshoes that will work for you. Just like any other equipment they are designed to provide a certain amount of comfort a certain type of shoe.

What folds the best – This is largely a personal decision and it really comes down to your preferred snow sled of choice. You want snow shoes that are going to really fold up with the ease.

Walking vs. Snow Sledding – It all just comes down to whether you want to use it for walking out in a light snowfall or to help you sled down a snowy hill. You would obviously want snug snow shoes for sledding but you want snow boots for walking around.

Length of Frame – The longer the frame the better the shoe will hold up over the years and it's not that much more expensive. Ultimately they have to be durable.

Are Atlas Snowshoes good?

Atlas snowshoes have a reputation among outdoor enthusiasts for being lightweight and well-made. These babies will last you a long time while maximizing your comfort and performance. They can be a bit expensive, but you get what you pay for.

They come in many sizes, so you can customize it to fit your body and activity level. The Atlas snowshoes come in models that are great for hunting, hiking, and backpacking. These snowshoes will get you to your destination faster and more safely, and they won’t kill your feet in the process!

Atlas snow shoes have a trackset that’s smaller than their competitors shown in the image above. This feature makes it less likely you’ll step on a rock.

Conclusion

For your top rated snowshoe, you can find excellent quality at a very affordable price. The Snowshoe Racing Start 9 is a great choice for your loved ones who are first-timers in snowshoeing.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Chinook 80006 Trekker SnowshoesBest OverallChinook 80006 Trekker Snowshoes
ALPS Adult All Terrian Snowshoes SetBudget PickALPS Adult All Terrian Snowshoes Set
TSL Snowshoes Symbioz Elite SnowshoeUpgrade PickTSL Snowshoes Symbioz Elite Snowshoe