The TSL Symbioz Elite is the most unique snowshoe in our test. We selected this year's product roster to be well-rounded with each product, targeting versatility and all-around appeal. The Symbioz Elite has this, but is still a bit of an outlier. It is the smallest snowshoe we tested, with the absolute best binding and stride ergonomics. It is secure, comfortable, and precise in walking, with shock absorption created by the flexion of the entire snowshoe deck.
No other product compares closely to the TSL, and for that reason, we grant it our Top Pick Award for Trail and Packed Snow Use. The only snowshoe that might come close is the compact and forgiving Fimbulvetr Hikr. The Hikr is also innovative and different, with good shock absorbing qualities. There the comparison largely ends, because the harness of the Hikr is far less sophisticated, secure, and comfortable than the TSL. If you are looking for trail snowshoes, check out the TSL. If you are looking for a more all-around oriented product, our Editors' Choice MSR Lightning Ascent is the clear winner.