Final Update: 2/26/2020
MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes
Here in northern New England, we’ve had snow, rain and cold. We’ve also had days that it was 45F, high winds and ice. You’ve all probably heard the saying ‘if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes, it’ll change’. That describes what’s been going on for the last month.
I’ve been able to use my snowshoes about 5 more times since the last update (1/26/2020), but not as much as I’d have liked to worn them. I’ve worn them with over the ankle hiking shoes, low cut hikers and almost knee high heavy winter boots, and love that they are adjustable enough to wear with anything, no matter what type of profile the footwear has. I wore them mostly on powdery snow, or snow with a thin ice covering. One of the times out, I wore them on a frozen lake with packed snow.
Honestly, walking on packed snow covered ice was the easiest, which is understandable, since it was flat with virtually no changes in elevation. Walking on the powder was a bit more difficult, since in was hilly and my feet tended to sink a bit. Going over ice crusted snow was a bit easier, since I didn’t sink, and the traction of the MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes was wonderful. The toe stops provide a noticeable reassurance when descending, and the bindings held my foot in place while climbing.
The shoes are light-weight and very comfortable. I won’t say I didn’t notice them while wearing them – but I noticed them in a very positive way. They helped keep me upright and moving – which is what I want when snowshoeing. I noticed I was less fatigued when I returned than I would normally feel. I think that’s due to a combination of how lightweight the snowshoes are, and because of their narrowness my stride is more natural.
My last trip out with the snowshoes was late in the day, and when I returned home, it was almost dark. I took one last picture to show how well they’ve held up. I’d say they still look new, and all parts are fully functional. The straps are easy to use, even with cold hands. They are a bit tough to use while wearing winter gloves.
I appreciate the opportunity to review the MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes, and look forward to continuing to use them. I’d really appreciate a bit more snow…
I’m pleased to say that we’ve had a couple nice snowfalls over the last month. Up until this past weekend, we had between 24-30″ of snow on the ground. I’ve had the opportunity to get out 4 times, and get some good use out of the MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes. The snow was mostly powdery for the first few days, when it was fresh. After that it was very icy in spots, which made me appreciate the grippiness of the Durable DTX Crampons.
The first two trips, it was right after the snow fell, and it was a nice, fluffy powder. The first trip was right at 30F and sunny. It was an enjoyable, relaxed trip. There was no problem with snow caking up on the underside of the shoes, and I was able to cover a bit of ground without problem. The second trip I had the ‘bright’ idea of pulling two toddlers in a sled. We went about 1/2 mile before I had to remove my snowshoes. I tried removing the toddlers from the sled instead, but their legs were too short to make it through the snow. After we made it back to the house, they played in the snow and I was able to walk some more, and try some gentle climbing. I was (and still am) impressed with being able to climb without sinking into the powdery snow. The float is very good, especially considering the narrowness of the snowshoes.
My following trips were on a more icy and/or slushy surface. There were large areas that were ice covered and other areas that were slushy. Temperatures were in the mid- 40s and sunny. Again, the snowshoes were wonderful on the ice. I felt more confident walking, then if I were wearing boots with ice cleats. I could maneuver over frozen snow banks, and walk easily. The slushy areas were a different story. The slush packed on the underside of the snowshoes, and had to be cleaned off frequently. I can’t really blame the shoes though, they are snowshoes, not slush shoes. I found that crossing the slushy areas was more tiring than crossing snow or ice. Maybe not as tiring as pulling two kids in a sled though, lol.
Overall, I am very happy with how the Ascents perform. They are extremely easy to put on and adjust. They come off quickly, even with cold hands. I find I am less fatigued that with other snowshoes, and find the traction to be extremely aggressive and well designed. I have not had the need to use the Ergo
™ Televator Heel Lift, which is designed to assist when ascending a snow covered, surface that has some gain in elevation. I plan on taking my poles with me, and trying them out next weekend.
We have a couple of ice fishing derbies coming up over the next month, so I will definitely have some updated information soon. Please check back later in February to see how the snowshoes and I are getting along.
A long box arrived the day before Christmas, and everyone in my house thought it must be for them. Nope, it was the MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes that arrived for ME! Unfortunately, at the same time so did 40F temperatures, and that was the end of our snow. I was doubly disappointed, because I have a week and a half off from work, and was really looking forward to getting some time on these snowshoes. I’m crossing my fingers that our weatherman is right, and we’ll be getting two storms, with predicted snow fall over over 6″ in each. I live in Maine, that should not be too much to ask, right?
The MSR Revo Ascents are advertised as “deliver rock-solid durability in aggressive terrain and now feature our advanced Paragon™ binding for ultimate foot control.” I appreciate durability and foot control very much, and although my terrain is not ‘aggressive’ by some standards, its far from flat, and usually includes some icy areas, also not flat. I like to stay on my feet (or snowshoes as the case may be), and not have to worry too much about doing any fancy falling.
My first impressions of the snowshoes included being surprised at how lightweight they are. That’s a definite plus when wearing them over longer distances.
Turns out I was right, they only weigh 4 lbs 6 oz for the pair. The mesh strap is easily adjustable to fit over any boot I own. The teeth around the bottom edge of the aluminum frame are very ‘toothy’, and very aggressive looking.
I’ve included information below from MSR, and will be updating this review in a few weeks with my own experiences using the snowshoes. As you can see, they have quite a few features that appear to be different from most snowshoes on the market. I’m looking forward to taking them out very soon! Check back soon for an update.
I received the women’s 25″ snowshoe in Cyan. The attached tag reads:
Durability and security on aggressive terrain.
1. Rugged, women-specific ExaTract Deck provides flex, and traction in harsh conditions
2. Comfortable Parragon Binding delivers our highest level of foot control
3. Ergo Televator reduces fatigue on steep slopes
4. Durable DTX Crampon bites into challenging terrain & conditions
About the MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes:
- External Traction: Aggressive perimeter teeth and durable steel DTX crampons deliver advanced traction, especially on traverses and in challenging conditions.
- Durable: Injection-molded plastic deck withstands abusive conditions, and offers a subtle torsional flex underfoot for excellent purchase.
- Paragon™ Binding: Comfortable, freeze-resistant mesh strap wraps securely around a wide range of boots for ultimate control, while toe stops offer fast, precise foot alignment.
- All-Condition Adaptability: Add-on Modular Flotation tails allow you the maneuverability of a smaller, primary snowshoe with the added, on-demand flotation of optional, 5-inch (13-cm) tails.
- Uphill Efficiency: Ergo Televators reduce fatigue and increase traction on the steeps with an ergonomic design that engages with a flick of a pole grip.