Are you ready to conquer the winter wonderland and explore the great outdoors? Then you need the best snowshoes to make your trekking experience unforgettable. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a newbie looking to dive into the snowy terrain, this article is your ultimate guide to finding the perfect snowshoes. From composite to EVA foam, bindings to straps, and everything in between, we've got you covered. So lace up your boots and get ready to discover the wonders of winter with these top-notch snowshoes!

What Type of Snowshoes?

To start, select the appropriate type of snowshoes based on your level of activity and the terrain you will be traversing most frequently. Consider whether you will be walking in local parks or tackling challenging backcountry peaks. Do you plan on running on trails for winter fitness or bushwhacking through dense forests? While most snowshoes can handle various snow conditions, certain types are better suited for specific activities. Choose accordingly based on your primary activity.

  • Recreational Snowshoes: These snowshoes, including models for beginners, are ideal for casual snowshoeing on easy to moderate terrain. They are suited for packed trails, rolling hills, and firm snow. Recreational models are usually more affordable.

  • Hiking Snowshoes: These all-terrain snowshoes are more rugged than recreational models and work well for moderate day hikes both on and off trails. They can handle steeper terrain, although backcountry models are recommended for challenging ascents. Hiking snowshoes are suitable for the majority of winter day hikers.

  • Backcountry Snowshoes: Designed for steeper and off-trail routes over longer distances, backcountry snowshoes offer maximum flotation, aggressive traction for steep ascents and descents, and bindings that accommodate larger footwear such as mountaineering, ski, or snowboard boots. These models tend to be more expensive due to their technical features and strong materials.

  • Running Snowshoes: These lightweight and smaller snowshoes are tapered to allow for a natural running stride on packed or groomed trails. Snowshoe running is an effective winter workout that burns even more calories than regular running. If you plan on competing in USSSA races, ensure that your snowshoes are USSSA race approved.

  • Women-Specific Snowshoes: Many manufacturers offer snowshoes specifically designed for women. These models feature lighter materials, bindings sized for women's footwear, and frames ergonomically shaped to accommodate a woman's gait and shorter stride.

  • Youth Snowshoes: Snowshoes are available for children of all ages, from preschoolers to young teens. The whole family can enjoy winter activities together, as these models are built to perform just like those used by adults but are specifically designed for children.

Composite Snowshoes

Composite snowshoes are designed to reduce weight while still incorporating some technical features. Although they can be some of the lightest snowshoes available, they tend to be more expensive than snowshoes made from other materials. The Atlas Helium, our top choice for thru-hiking, is an example of a composite snowshoe.

EVA Foam Snowshoes

Made from recycled materials, EVA snowshoes aim to provide a more sneaker-like feel to the design. These snowshoes are lightweight and relatively affordable. The Crescent Moon EVA Foam is an example of an EVA Foam snowshoe.

For more information on snowshoe components and diagrams, refer to REI's helpful snowshoe glossary.


Snowshoe frames are typically made of aluminum, carbon fiber, or traditional wood like white ash. The shape of the frame varies depending on its purpose, with rounded, serrated, or v-tail options available. Rounded snowshoes are suitable for managing deep snow, while serrated frames provide extra grip and traction on icy terrain. V-tail frames help prevent snow buildup, particularly in deep snow, making movement easier.


The decking refers to the flat base part of the snowshoe that increases the surface area of your foot on the snow. It is usually made of nylon or other synthetic materials. The material used for the decking can impact the weight of the snowshoe, as it constitutes a significant portion of its overall structure.


Snowshoe bindings are designed to attach your winter boots to the snowshoe. They are made of materials such as nylon, TPU, or BOA enclosures. Bindings ensure that your feet stay aligned and on the right track. The best bindings securely hold your foot in place without causing discomfort, even when wearing gloves or in cold temperatures. Recreational snowshoes do not require as precise of a fit as mountaineering snowshoes. For more technical snowshoes, a precise fit, similar to a running shoe, is preferable. Make sure that the width of your boot matches the compatibility of the bindings on your chosen snowshoe, especially if you plan on using technical boots.


Rotating binding materials allow for rotation or pivoting around a metal rod that crosses the snowshoe. This design is best for steep snow as it provides better grip on ice.


Fixed bindings are usually made of a soft, often rubbery material. They offer limited rotation and are popular among runners but are not as well-suited for deep or steep icy snow.


Snowshoe straps can be made of rubber or EVA foam, plastic, more advanced ratcheting devices, or high-end Boa straps.


Boa is a binding system commonly found in running shoes, snowboarding boots, and other situations where a tight and secure fit with quick tightening and loosening is desired.

Side Rails

Side rails, sometimes referred to as traction bars, reduce side-to-side movement when traversing slopes on your snowshoes.

Heel Lifts

Heel lifts are designed to assist with climbing steep, snowy slopes. They provide extra support, reducing the effort required to lift your leg on steeper inclines.



Toe crampons are spikes added to increase traction on icy and steep snow slopes. They are positioned under the toe part of the snowshoe. This feature is typically found in simpler snowshoes.


Heel crampons are spikes added to increase traction on the heel part of the snowshoe.


Running snowshoes are specifically designed for quick movement on flatter terrain, such as packed snow and groomed trails. They are lightweight and do not include crampons or heel lifters.

Aluminum snowshoes are a more traditional material choice known for their durability, moderate weight, and reasonable price. The MSR Evo, our overall winner, is an example of an aluminum snowshoe.

Braking Bars

Snowshoes equipped with braking bars ensure that each step you take counts by reducing the likelihood of backsliding. This feature prevents situations where taking two steps uphill only results in sliding back one step.

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Snowshoe Categories


Trail snowshoes are ideal for moderate hiking trails that are neither heavily packed nor knee-deep in powder. They are designed for flat terrain or rolling hills and are not suitable for steep mountain ascents or unpredictable backcountry conditions. These snowshoes are shorter than backcountry models because they require less flotation, especially on well-maintained paths. Additionally, they have simpler and less aggressive traction designs. Some trail snowshoes have heel lifts, but they are not necessary for most moderate terrain. Popular options in this category include the MSR Evo Trail, Crescent Moon Eva, and Atlas Helium Trail.


Backcountry snowshoes are more performance-oriented and are ideal for snowy conditions, challenging terrain, and longer outings. They are longer for better floatation in deep snow and have increased traction to handle various conditions, including steep terrain and icy surfaces. Backcountry snowshoes are more expensive due to their stronger build and additional features. However, for casual winter snowshoeing, a true backcountry model like the Tubbs Mountaineer may be overkill. Leading models in this category include the Mountaineer and MSR Lightning Ascent.

MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoe (Crested Butte Colorado)Snowshoeing in Colorado with the popular MSR Lightning AscentRunning

There is a small subcategory of snowshoes designed for running or racing. These snowshoes prioritize lightweight materials, have a streamlined frame for speed, upturned noses, and special traction to keep you moving quickly. Popular models in this category include the TSL Symbioz Hyperflex Racing, Atlas Run, and Crescent Moon Luna.


Snowshoes are not just for adults, and there are options available for children as well. Kids' snowshoes are essentially smaller versions of adult snowshoes, with similar designs but shorter lengths and lower weight limits. Popular options for kids include the Atlas Spark (for kids weighing 80 to 120 lbs.), Mini (for kids weighing 50 to 80 lbs.), and MSR Shift and Tyker youth snowshoes. While kids will eventually outgrow their snowshoes and require adult sizes, the right pair can last for many winters.

Snowshoe Length

Once you have determined the category of snowshoes you need, it's important to consider the ideal length. This measurement is crucial for finding the right balance between walking comfort and enough flotation to prevent sinking too deeply into the snow with each step. The length of snowshoes typically ranges from 22 inches for shorter models like the MSR Evo Trail, up to 36 inches for longer models like the Tubbs Mountaineer. As a general guideline, shorter snowshoes are best for on-trail use, while longer models are more suitable for deep snow and backcountry adventures. The type of snow you will encounter also plays a role. In the United States, the crusty hardpack found in the East requires less flotation compared to the deep powder in the West. Longer snowshoes provide better flotation in soft snow, making them more suitable for off-trail adventures in places like Colorado or Utah. If you will primarily be on hardpack, less flotation is needed, and you can opt for shorter snowshoes. 

John snowshoeing actionThe ideal snowshoe length depends on the type of snow and your total weight (including your pack)Weight Limit

In addition to considering the type of snow and terrain, your weight is an important factor in selecting the right snowshoe length. Snowshoe manufacturers often provide a recommended weight range for each shoe, which includes your body weight plus any additional gear you will be carrying, such as clothing and a daypack. Heavier loads require longer snowshoes to stay afloat, so it's important to choose a length that aligns with your weight and gear. For example, the Atlas Range-Trail snowshoes are rated to support weights up to 200 pounds for the 26-inch length, 250 pounds for the 30-inch size, and 300 pounds for the largest 35-inch model. Some snowshoes also offer optional tails that can be added to increase length based on user preference and conditions, such as the MSR Lightning, Revo, and Evo lines.

Snowshoe Bindings

The binding system is crucial for comfort and stability while snowshoeing. A good binding should securely hold your feet without the need for constant readjustments. Different manufacturers have their own binding systems, each with its own features and advantages. However, as the price increases, comfort and adjustability generally improve.

MSR Evo Trail and Lightening Ascent snowshoes comparison 2Comparison of MSR's Paragon (left) and multiple-strap (right) binding systemsMultiple Straps or Single-Pull

The most common binding styles are either a plastic wraparound binding secured by crisscrossing webbing or individual straps that go over the foot and around the heel. Companies like Atlas and Tubbs use the traditional binding and webbing design for their core models, while MSR primarily uses strap systems. Crescent Moon has a binding system that combines elements of both styles, but its single pull loop system falls more into the traditional binding category.

It's interesting to note that while a comfortable binding is essential, the quality of the binding does not always directly correlate with the overall quality of the snowshoe. For example, MSR produces durable snowshoes, but the bindings on their entry-level Explore models are not as good. This is partly due to their strap cinch system, which allows the bindings to lay flat and be easily packed but sacrifices comfort and holding power. However, MSR's Trail and Ascent collections feature upgraded bindings (Paraglide and Paragon, respectively) that offer better comfort and security, albeit at a higher cost.

Crescent Moon Gold snowshoe (one pull binding)2Crescent Moon's intuitive single-pull binding systemBoa

Another popular binding design is the Boa system, which uses wiring tightened by a dial. This system provides even tightening and comfort. Originally developed for snowboard boots, it is now used on a variety of snowshoes from brands like Atlas and Tubbs. The Tubbs Panoramic snowshoe, for example, is very easy to put on and take off compared to models with three or four-strap systems like those from MSR. However, the Boa system may have limitations in terms of adjusting the fit in specific areas. Nevertheless, for most users, this is not a major issue.

Boa closure adjustment snowshoesBoa systems are easy to use and provide a comfortable fit


It is crucial to ensure that the bottom of the snowshoes you choose has sufficient traction. The effectiveness of the crampons and side rails can vary significantly depending on the model and price. Lower-cost models often have a small steel crampon under the toes and additional cleats in the middle of the foot. While these designs are suitable for casual walking on flat ground, they may not provide enough traction on hills or in snowy conditions.

MSR Evo Trail snowshoes (base)Frame rails and a steel crampon provide good tractionMost backcountry snowshoes and some trail models have frame rails for additional traction on various terrains. Frame rails run along the sides of the snowshoes and provide excellent lateral stability when traversing slopes. They are also helpful for gripping during ascents and descents. Frame rails are most commonly found on backcountry snowshoes like the MSR Lightning Ascent, but they are appreciated by hikers on icy trails as well.

When checking the traction of snowshoes, it is important to pay attention to the material and depth of the crampons. Some manufacturers may use lower-grade aluminum teeth to save costs, which may not be as durable. Stainless steel bindings are typically found on most snowshoes, and deeper and more aggressive teeth provide better grip.

Crescent Moon Gold snowshoe (crampon traction)2Some trail models, like Crescent Moon's Sawtooth 27, do not have frame rails

Frame and Decking

There are two main types of snowshoes: those with an aluminum outer frame and flexible nylon decking, and those with a frameless solid deck made of plastic or composite materials. Hybrid models with a partial aluminum frame at the front and a plastic tail have also become popular.


Traditional aluminum-framed snowshoes are widely recognized and come in various models, including the Crescent Moon Sawtooth 27, Tubbs Panoramic, and the modern-looking MSR Lightning Ascent. These snowshoes have a sturdy frame that protects against trail hazards and a flexible nylon deck that provides comfortable long-distance walking. However, aluminum-framed snowshoes generally have less traction compared to plastic-framed snowshoes, especially considering their weight. It is also worth noting that the nylon decking can be susceptible to tears and occasional rivet issues, although these are rare with high-quality brands. However, plastic-framed snowshoes can also break.

Crescent Moon snowshoe assemblyCrescent Moon assembles their aluminum frame snowshoesPlastic or Composite

The main advantage of plastic or composite decking is cost, as aluminum is more expensive. Plastic decking also allows for easier incorporation of traction features along the sides. However, plastic snowshoes are more prone to breaking. Additionally, when walking on firm snow, plastic snowshoes can be louder and have a harsher heel impact compared to traditional snowshoes. To summarize, plastic snowshoes are cheaper, easier to attach traction to, but slightly more prone to damage and louder.

EVA Foam

Crescent Moon has introduced a unique snowshoe made with EVA foam. The Crescent Moon Eva features two layers of foam: a soft top layer for shock absorption and a firm bottom layer for durability. This design offers a cushioned feel and is noticeably quieter than traditional snowshoes when walking on firm or icy snow. Although the lack of a crampon impacts traction, the Eva is geared towards beginners and shows promise for the industry.

Snowshoeing in Crescent Moon EvaThe foam Crescent Moon Eva works well on flat terrain

Snowshoe Features and Accessories

Heel Lift (Climb) Bars

Most high-end trail and backcountry snowshoes come with heel lift bars, also known as risers. These metal bars can be raised and locked into place to provide better climbing ability. Heel lift bars reduce calf fatigue during long climbs. While they can be helpful on some occasions, such as extended climbs, they are not necessary for most users. Some companies, like Crescent Moon, initially did not include heel lifts in their lineup but now offer them as an add-on due to customer demand.

MSR Lightening Ascent Snowshoes (close-up heel riser)Heel lift bars provide support on climbsFlotation Tails

One underrated accessory for snowshoes is the flotation tails offered by MSR. These attachable tails are available for their Evo, Revo, and Lightning lines. Flotation tails provide additional floatation in deep snow and can be removed and stored in a pack when traveling over firm or compacted snow. They are particularly useful in regions with varying snow conditions, such as the Pacific Northwest or Colorado. It is worth mentioning that MSR, based in Seattle, is at the forefront of offering this accessory.

Do You Need Poles?

While many hikers may choose to hike without trekking poles, using poles while snowshoeing is highly recommended. Poles provide increased stability and make uphill and downhill travel easier, especially in snowy conditions. Even with the wide base of snowshoes, it is still easy to lose balance and stumble. Fortunately, many snowshoers already own trekking poles for hiking purposes.

Using poles while snowshoeing (wearing Crescent Moon Gold snowshoes)Using poles while snowshoeing is highly recommendedIf you already have trekking poles, you can purchase snow baskets specifically designed to fit your poles. If you need new poles, popular brands like Black Diamond and MSR offer quality options. The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork is a versatile model that includes both trekking and powder baskets for year-round use. For a more affordable option, you can refer to our list of the best trekking poles for further research.


Best Footwear for Snowshoeing

Can I Rent Snowshoes? Should I Rent or Buy Snowshoes?

Snowshoes are a gear item that we believe is worth purchasing.

While it's true that snowshoes can take up a lot of space in a garage or small apartment, and they can only be used for half of the year due to being snow sports gear, they are also incredibly durable. In fact, a good pair of snowshoes can last a decade or even a lifetime. Additionally, the quality of snowshoes available for purchase is generally higher than those available for rental.

However, if your main goal is to spend as little money as possible, or if you have limited space in your apartment, renting snowshoes can be a good option. REI, for example, offers rental programs in multiple states and will continue to do so for the 2022/2023 winter season. We recommend renting from a reputable source rather than opting for the cheapest snowshoes available. But, if budget is not a huge concern, investing in a pair of high-quality snowshoes is well worth it, considering the cost per year of use.

Next Steps

If you want to try snowshoes before making a purchase, we suggest taking advantage of local snowshoe demo opportunities, such as Winter Trails Day. This annual event, which takes place in January, offers free snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trials for children and adults who are new to snow sports.

If you're ready to choose a pair of snowshoes, you can check out Trailspace's top recommendations from snowshoe users. With these recommendations, you'll be ready to hit the snow as soon as it falls.

If you've found this site helpful or if you think we've missed something important, we encourage you to contribute your own outdoor gear reviews. Whether you're a professional gear enthusiast or a beginner in the outdoors, your perspective is valuable to the outdoor community and can help others find the best gear. Trailspace reviewers are outdoor enthusiasts just like you, sharing their experiences with gear and clothing. Learn more about Trailspace and join our community.

Snowshoes Comparison Table

Snowshoe Price Lengths Weight Heel Lift Max Weight
MSR Lightning Ascent $350 22″/25″/30″ 4 lb. 2 oz./4 lb. 5 oz./4 lb. 14 oz. Yes Up to 280 lb.
Atlas Montane $250 23″/27″ (women) 25″/30″/35″ (men’s) 4 lb. 4 oz. (23″ women’s version; other weights unknown) Yes Up to 300 lb.
Tubbs Xplore Kit $200 21″, 25″ (women) 25″, 30″ (men) 3 lb. 8 oz. (women’s 25″; other weights unknown) No Up to 250 lb.
MSR Evo $150 22″ 3 lb. 10 oz. No Up to 180 lbs., 250 lb. with add-on tails
TSL Symbioz Hyperflex Elite $280 20.5″/ 23.5″/ 27″ 4 lb. 1.6 oz./ 4 lb./ 4.8 oz./ 4 lb./ 12.8 oz. Yes Up to 300 lb.
Atlas Race $320 22″ 2 lb. 4 2 lb. 9 oz. No 190 lb.
Crescent Moon EVA Snowshoes $179 24″ 3 lb. 8 oz. 900-fill down 240 lb.
Atlas Helium Trail $150 23″/ 26″/ 30″ 3 lb. 2 oz. /. 3 lb. 7 oz./ 3 lbs. 12 oz. Yes Up to 270 lb.
Flashtek Snowshoes 21″/ 25″/ 30″ Unknown No Up to 280 lb.

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Snowshoes offer unlimited access to snow-covered landscapes, from casual walks in the park to challenging alpine hikes. (Photo: Jason Hummel)


Backcountry snowshoes are specifically designed for steeper and icier terrains. They feature aggressive crampons for better traction on icy snow and heel lifters for steeper angles. The bindings on backcountry snowshoes are adjustable and sturdy, ensuring they stay securely fastened even in challenging mountain conditions.

While backcountry snowshoes offer these advanced features, they come at a higher price point. If you primarily plan to stick to snow parks or less challenging terrains, backcountry snowshoes may be unnecessary. However, if you expect to encounter more demanding conditions, investing in backcountry snowshoes with improved crampons and heel lifters is definitely worth it.

What Size Snowshoes?

Snowshoes are available in various sizes and lengths. The larger the dimensions of a snowshoe (length and width), the more surface area it has underfoot, preventing you from sinking into the snow. More surface area means better flotation.

Different snowshoe models are offered in multiple lengths. When deciding on the size of your snowshoes, consider two factors: your weight and the snow conditions.

Weight: Take into account your body weight and the weight of the gear you typically carry. Heavier individuals and those carrying heavy loads will require larger snowshoes. Manufacturers provide weight recommendations for each model, which can usually be found on their websites, in product descriptions, or on the snowshoes' hang tags.

Snow Conditions: Consider the type of snow you will encounter most frequently—packed trails or deep, dry powder. Deep powder snow requires more flotation, thus necessitating larger snowshoes compared to firmer or packed down snow.

If you're unsure, it's generally safer to choose the smallest model that can adequately support your weight and gear in the typical snow conditions you'll encounter. Smaller models may have less flotation, but they are lighter and easier to maneuver, especially in wooded areas or when running. Some snowshoes even have removable tails for added flotation when needed, providing more flexibility.

Do I Need Poles to Snowshoe?

We are often asked if poles are necessary for snowshoeing, and the answer is generally yes. Poles can greatly improve your snowshoeing experience, especially in the following situations:

  • How long will you be out? How far do you plan to go?

  • Will you be hiking on uneven terrain?

  • Will you be carrying a backpack?

  • What is the quality of the snow?

For most snowshoeing excursions, poles are recommended. The good news is that if you already own trekking poles, you can use them for snowshoeing by attaching snow baskets. Make sure to choose the appropriate brand for compatibility. If you don't already own trekking poles, you can find our recommendations for the best trekking poles by checking out our dedicated guide.

It's worth noting that aluminum trekking poles tend to work better than titanium poles for snowshoeing, especially in deep snow. Ultralight poles can snap under torsion in deep snow, whereas ski poles are designed to handle varying snow conditions more effectively.

Do I Need Special Boots to Go Snowshoeing?

No, special boots are not required for snowshoeing. We recommend using normal hiking boots that provide warmth and waterproofing. Lightweight waterproof hiking boots, paired with wool or synthetic socks, are ideal for snowshoeing. To keep snow out of your boots and add additional warmth, consider using low gaiters.

Ski socks, which are taller and specifically designed for skiing, are also highly recommended for snowshoeing. They offer extra padding, cushioning, and insulation in areas that are more likely to come into contact with snow. For our top recommendations on ski socks, refer to our guide.

To find the right hiking boots for snowshoeing, take a look at our lightweight hiking boot guide and hiking boot guide.

Snowshoe Tails

Snowshoe tails, also known as snowshoe flotation tails, are optional modular additions to your snowshoes. They provide additional flotation, which can be beneficial in deep powder or when carrying heavier loads.

Also great: Tubbs Xplore Men’s and Women’s Snowshoes

The underside of one of the Tubbs Xplore Women's Snowshoes, laying on a purple surface.Photo: Connie Park

The underside of one of the Tubbs Xplore Women's Snowshoes, laying on a purple surface.The Tubbs Xplore Snowshoes are a recreational model similar to the MSR Evo Trail Snowshoes in many ways, including a robust and secure boot-attachment system and steel spikes underfoot (though the rails and deck are aluminum and nylon, respectively, in order to save weight).

The main difference is that their sizing is much more sophisticated. They come in men’s and women’s sizes, providing a tailored and comfortable fit for boots. You can choose the length of the snowshoe as well, with options of 21, 25, or 30 inches. The 30-inch shoe can support a weight of up to 250 pounds, 70 pounds more than the MSR Evo pair. If you weigh between 250 and 300 pounds, consider the Tubbs Wilderness, another snowshoe recommended for use in deep, fresh snow.

If you prefer longer snowshoes for lighter, fluffier snow, opt for the 25- or 30-inch versions of the Xplore shoes. Just keep in mind that they will add more weight to each foot.

Additionally, these shoes are available in men’s and women’s kits, which include poles and gaiters. However, specialized trekking poles are not necessary for snowshoeing, so if you already own a pair, they will suffice.

While we found the fit system that attaches the Tubbs snowshoes to be not as good as the one on the MSR Evo design, the difference is unlikely to be noticeable unless you spend a significant amount of time hiking in snowshoes. These snowshoes also do not have a heel lift, a feature often found in more expensive models. However, heel lifts can be more trouble than they're worth.

If you plan to hike steep slopes and icy terrain: Consider the MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes, available in men’s and women’s sizes (unlike the Evo Trail shoes). These snowshoes have more tiny spikes underfoot than any other model and are highly regarded for their durability and lightweight design. However, they are more expensive and designed for mountaineering objectives. For regular snowshoeing, there's no need to invest in such expensive equipment.

If you're on a budget: Consider the Alps snowshoes, which are the least expensive option available, priced at around at Costco. These aluminum snowshoes offer decent quality and are a suitable choice if you're looking for an affordable option. However, if you want higher build quality, our top pick from MSR is a better choice.

If you plan to hike in fresh, deep, or powder snow: We recommend the Tubbs Wilderness Snowshoes, available in men’s and women’s sizes. These snowshoes are available in longer lengths (25, 30, and 36 inches) for optimal performance in fluffy snow. The frame is made of aluminum to reduce weight, and the spikes underfoot are made of carbon steel. The 36-inch pair is capable of supporting up to 300 pounds, making it suitable for heavier individuals.

The Tubbs Panoramic snowshoe features a Boa lacing system, which uses a dial to tighten steel-cable laces. However, Boa laces on snowshoes can be prone to breaking, and we do not recommend relying on this type of lacing system for snowshoeing.

The Atlas Helium Trail is a recreational snowshoe similar to our top picks, but we prefer the simple strap attachment system of the MSR Evo pair over the one used on the Atlas Helium Trail.

The G2 snowshoes included in this snowshoeing package on Amazon are similar to the Alps snowshoes mentioned above, but they are priced higher.

This article was edited by Christine Ryan.

Eve O'NeillEve O'Neill is a former senior staff writer reporting on travel and outdoors at Wirecutter. The books on her childhood bookshelf that set her in this direction include "Into Thin Air," "On The Road," and "The Call of the Wild." She has always been drawn to ideas about how to relate to and explore the wilderness.

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In conclusion, when it comes to finding the best snowshoes, there are a variety of factors to consider such as the type of snowshoe, bindings, and size. Whether you choose composite snowshoes for their durability or EVA foam snowshoes for their lightweight design, it's important to find a pair that suits your needs and preferences. Additionally, renting snowshoes can be a great option for those who are just getting started or who only plan to use them occasionally. However, if you're a frequent snowshoer or looking for a long-term investment, buying your own pair may be the better choice. Don't forget to also invest in the necessary accessories such as poles and special boots for a more enjoyable snowshoeing experience. So grab your snowshoes and get ready to explore the winter wonderland like never before. Happy snowshoeing!