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MSR Revo Trail
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award   Top Pick Award 
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Pros Excellent binding security, good traction, decent flotationRigid, precise, excellent binding security, traction, flotationFully featured for steep and technical useGood traction, and an easy-to-use, comfortable bindingLarge, with unique hybrid hinged deck/binding interface
Cons Binding straps can be a little fiddly or uncomfortable with soft footwearNew binding trades ease-of-use for comfortLoud decking and bulky harnessMediocre flotation for the length, strapped deck/binding attachmentLimited traction
Bottom Line We like this snowshoe for everything but the most technical terrainOur overall champ combines simplicity and high-quality materials, features, and engineeringThis is a top-scoring model with excellent traction and comfortThis average performer will keep most winter hikers happyOne of our favorite snowshoes for deep snow
Rating Categories MSR Revo Trail MSR Lightning Ascent Tubbs Flex VRT Atlas Montane Louis Garneau Blizzard II
Flotation (25%)
6
6
5
5
10
Traction (25%)
7
10
8
8
5
Stride Ergonomics (20%)
6
8
9
7
4
Binding Comfort (10%)
6
8
8
8
8
Ease Of Use (10%)
5
4
8
8
8
Binding Security (10%)
10
10
8
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Specs MSR Revo Trail MSR Lightning Ascent Tubbs Flex VRT Atlas Montane Louis Garneau...
Uses Spring snow and moderate terrain Spring snow and steep terrain Spring snow and steep terrain Spring snow and moderate terrain Deep snow
Optimum weight loads per tested size. Per manufacturer. 120-220 lbs 120-220 lbs up to 190 lbs 25: 120-200 lbs, 30: 150-250 lbs, 35: 180-300+ lbs 150-250 lbs
Weight (per pair) 3 lbs 13 oz 4 lbs 0 oz 4 lbs 9 oz 4 lbs 7 oz 5 lbs 6 oz
Surface Area 194 sq in 188 sq in 179 sq in 176 sq in 282 sq in
Dimensions 25x8 in 25x8 in 24x8 in 25x8 in 31x10 in
Crampon/Traction aids Steel crampon augmented with rail and frame teeth Steel crampon augmented with rail and frame teeth Steel crampon augmented with traction rails Steel crampon augmented with traction rails Steel crampon
Frame material Steel Aluminum Steel traction rails Aluminum Aluminum
Deck material Molded plastic Fabric Molded plastic Nytex fabric LG "Lightec" fabric
Heel Lift No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Binding/Deck Connection Hinged Hinged Hinged Strapped Hybrid Hinged and Strapped
Binding system Rubber straps with pin-in-hole Rubber Straps with pin-in-hole Boa Nylon straps with cam buckles, rubber strap with plastic buckle Boa
Flotation tails sold separately? No Yes No No No
Men's and Women's versions? Women's version availible Women's version avalible Women's version avalible Women's version avalible Women's version avalible
Sizes Available 22, 25 22, 25, 30 24, 28 25, 30, 35 825, 930, 1036
Tested Size 25 25 24 25 930
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