Having the right pair of snowshoes can mean the difference between a peaceful winter hike and an absolute slog. And knowing what kind of snowshoeing you’re doing will help you choose the right pair. Whether you looking for trail running snowshoes or heading into deep snow in the backcountry, you’ll find our picks for the best men’s snowshoes for your nest adventure here.
The Lightning Ascent is all about getting to the top of your current objective as quickly and efficiently as possible. There’s a huge amount of grip over much of the bottom of the shoe, with side-to-side heel and midfoot crampons. The entire frame is surrounded by a strip of steel to give you maximal grip, too.
These MSR Snowshoes comes in three lengths (22″, 25″, and 30″) to best suit your height and the kinds of snowshoeing you’re doing (22″ is a pretty solid standard length, but MSR Lighting Ascent 25″ and the MSR Lighting Ascent 30″ are great for taller people or those looking for deep powder adventures). There’s also a women’s version that shaves about a half-inch off of the width.
Max recommended load: 180–280 lbs., depending on length
The TSL Highlander Snowshoes are built for serious adventures. At 20.5″, 24.2″, or 27″ long and 7.5–8.5″ wide, you’ll have plenty of flotation through soft powder. And at less than four pounds for a pair of size-small snowshoes, they won’t slow you down on long ascents.
TSL packed these snowshoes full of features, including a Boa Binding fit adjustment system, padding for your ankles, side rails for extra stability, and some serious side grips to complement the standard crampons. If you’re serious about your snowshoeing and want to tackle some big backcountry objectives, you can’t go wrong with these TSL Snowshoes.
Max recommended load: 180–300 lbs., depending on length.
While snowshoes over 25″ can be pretty heavy, the Wayfinder breaks the mold with 30″ of length and only 3 lbs., 6 oz. of weight. There’s no heel lift and limited spikes beyond the heel and toe crampons, but if you’re high-alpine, snowy terrain, that should be enough to keep you secure.
The Tubbs Wayfinder Snowshoes are meant for flat terrain, but this is a long snowshoe that’s best suited for powdery snow. So you’ll find that it fits a smaller group of people. But, if that’s what you’re looking for, this is a lightweight, easy-to-use option. Also available is the Tubbs Wayfinder Women’s version. A great snowshoe
Max recommended load: 250 lbs.
Need a pair of snowshoes to stick in your snowmobile, ATV, or other winter vehicle? Yukon Charlie’s Airlift snowshoes pack away into a small sack that’s easy to stash. Then you blow them up with the included hand pump or a CO2 cartridge and hike to safety. Making them a great pair of backcountry snowshoes that won’t take up much space.
There really aren’t other features to speak of.. But if you desperately need to get from one place to another in the snow, a pair of inflatable snowshoes will be a big help. What you get with these Yukon Charlie Snowshoes is 1000-Denier Cordura outer covers that’s highly durable and will stay solid for multiple trips.
Max recommended load: 225 lbs.
The main selling point of the Tubbs Flex TRK Snowshoes is its flexible tail. Instead of being hard as a rock, like you’ll find with many other snowshoes, you’ll feel a bit of flex in these. That helps reduce pounding on your joints and jarring impacts, which can make a snowshoe trek a lot more comfortable.
Tubbs’ new EZ 180 binding is a nice feature on the Flex TRKs as well—it’s simpler than competing options, with only a single strap to cinch after you’ve gotten the heel strap set up. It should make for very quick preparations. With a 24″ deck, toe crampons, side spikes, and a heel lift, you’ll get everything you need for most basic snowshoeing adventures with these. All for less than 200 bucks. Also available is the Tubbs Flex TRK Women’s Snowshoe.
Max recommended load: 190 lbs.
The MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes are a great go-to for any kind of trek—especially because you can add MSR’s 5″ flotation tails whenever you need a bit of extra float. Without the tails, these shoes weigh about 4.5 pounds, which is on the heavier side for 22″, but certainly not out of the ordinary. The Revo Ascents aren’t made to be feather-light; they’re made to be super durable and grippy in punishing terrain.
MSR’s Paragon bindings look a bit different from other brands’ bindings, but they’re designed for easy and secure attachment. No matter what kind of boots you’re using, you’ll get a rock-solid fit. Toe crampons and side spikes ensure that you’ll have reliable grip in icy conditions, and the heel lift makes climbing a lot easier.
Max recommended load: 180 lbs.
Want to go for a backcountry trail run in the winter? These Atlas Snowshoes are the running snowshoes you need. At 2 lbs., 5 oz., they’re super light. But the 22″ length will give you flotation in all but the lightest powder.
Of course, you make some compromises for that ultralight weight. Grip is provided by heel and toe crampons only; there are no side spikes. There’s also no heel lift. These snowshoes are best for trail running on flat ground and not for scaling high peaks in the winter. If that’s what you’re looking for, though, it’s going to be very hard to beat the Atlas Run Snowshoes, one of the best running snowshoes of the past decade or so.
Max recommended load: 190 lbs.
Want to bring your kids with you on a snowshoe adventure? The Tubbs Snowflake Snowshoes are a 14″ option for kids that weigh up to 50 lbs. You’ll find a fairly straightforward binding on this as well as some plastic grips on the bottom to help your child float above the snow.
As you might expect, that’s about it for features. But for $40, you can’t really go wrong. It even comes with a pack of stickers for you—er, your children—to put on your winter gear! Hands down our pick for the best snowshoes for kids.
Max recommended load: 50 lbs.
If you have no idea what you’re looking for in a snowshoe, and you just want to get out on some trails this winter, the Redfeather Hike is a great option. It’s a simple, straightforward snowshoe that will get you where you’re going with minimal fuss making it one of the best snowshoes for begginers.
There’s no super-speedy binding. No ultra-high-tech side traction on the Redfeather Hike Snowshoes. Just an aircraft-grade aluminum frame, a one-strap pull binding, a vinyl deck, and front and rear crampons. That’s really all you need to start snowshoeing. Whether you’re looking for a supremely reliable pair or just getting started in the sport, it’s tough to beat these Redfeather Snowshoes for under $150.
Max recommended load: 150–225+ lbs., depending on length.