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Best Float: Garneau Premiere
A wide deck, tubular rails, and a dead-simple closure system—one twist of the BOA knob cinches down your entire boot—make this a perfect snowshoe for powder days. While we missed having metal toothed siderails for steep traverses, the Premiere’s tubular construction displaces more snow, allowing it to float with ease. Buy the Garneau Premiere Now / Read the Full Review
Best for Beginners: MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoe Kit
With so many options, purchasing snowshoeing gear can be a head-scratcher. This kit makes the decision easy: It contains MSR’s Evo Ascent snowshoes, three-section aluminum DynaLock Explore poles, and a backpack to store both—all for $45 dollars less than if purchased separately. Buy the MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoe Kit Now / Read the Full Review
Best Stride: Atlas Helium-MTN
This sub-4-pound snowshoe is one of the lightest on the market—and it possesses a secret weapon: flexibility. The Helium-MTN’s deck is made out of a proprietary polymer that allows it to bend much more easily and in colder temps than other snowshoes that use composite materials (about a third of the market). Buy the Atlas Helium-MTN Now / Read the Full Review