The difference between the top rated snowshoes and the not so great snowshoes can be a big one. The best snowshoes can make your snowshoeing experience a really enjoyable experience, in a couple of different ways. Of course part of having a good snowshoeing experience is knowing what snowshoes will give you the best experience. Snowshoes intended for running, for instance, will make for a rather poor experience in the backcountry with a fully loaded backpack.
Top Rated SnowshoesWhat to look for when you're looking for the top rated snowshoes.
- Materials – Depending on what the snowshoes are intended for, the top rated snowshoes will often use specific materials. There are different qualities of aluminum, for instance, that make for a better snowshoe, which will be noticeably lighter, which will improve your snowshoeing experience.
- Use – One of the most important things to know when buying snowshoes is that there are actually a couple of different kinds of snowshoes. Getting the top rated running snowshoes, for instance, wont do you very much good if what you want to do is head in to the backcountry.
Best Top Rated SnowshoesSome of the very best, top rated snowshoes on the market, in a few different categories.
- Atlas Run Snowshoes - In the running snowshoes category, one of the top rated snowshoes are the Atlas Runs. They're very lightweight, at just 2.7 pounds, or 1.22 kilograms for the pair. And so you don't end up tripping over your own feet while trying to run in them, they include Atlas' spring loaded suspension system, which helps you maintain a proper gait. There's also a lighter, though considerably more expensive pair, called the Atlas Races, that have largely the same design as the Atlas Runs.
- Atlas 12 Series Snowshoes - You have a lot of good choices when it comes to backcountry snowshoes, or mountaineering snowshoes, but the 12 Series, also from Atlas, is definitely one of the top rated. They come in a 25 inch, 30 inch and 35 inch length, the 35 inch holding an impressive 300+ pounds. They use high quality, lightweight aluminum but with plenty of crampons and such a large size they're not the lightest snowshoes around. The medium weighs 4.46 pounds, or 2.02 kilograms. And there's a women's version too.
- MSR Evo 22 Snowshoes - If all you want to do is a little light hiking with friends and family, then the Evo 22 snowshoes are ideal. They're not the metal frame with nylon deck kind, they're one big piece of plastic. The good thing about plastic is that it both costs less and weighs less than the metal frame snowshoes. At 3 pounds 7 ounces, or 1.55 kilograms, these are a great, lightweight pair of general hiking snowshoes. They will only hold 180 pounds, but you can attach some optional tails and improve that to 250 pounds.