To review the best snowshoes for your use, we first scour the entire market. From that market, we then eliminate the "outliers." The poor performing and the super-specialized get the axe right away. The reasoning behind eliminating the poor performers is obvious. Those who need very specialized products likely have their preferences already sorted out and need our recommendations less. What's left is the best all-around products on the market.
In that selection, with snowshoes, we still found some products to excel in different conditions and applications. We chose two Top Pick Award winners this time around. The Louis Garneau Blizzard II is among the largest of snowshoes we tested, with unique and innovate attributes that set it apart from the other well-floating snowshoes. For this reason, we grant it a Top Pick for Off-trail and Deep Snow. At the other end of the spectrum is the TSL Symbioz Elite, optimized for on-trail, high-tempo walking.