The 3 Best Snowshoes 2022

When the blizzard has passed, the sun is out, and you’re tired of being cooped up indoors, a pair of snowshoes will let you hike your favorite trail or stroll in your backyard without sinking knee-deep in a couple of feet of snow. By spreading your weight over their greater surface area, snowshoes keep your feet from punching through the snowpack. So if you’d like to be more active in the wintertime, either in spite of—or because of—the snow, we recommend the MSR Evo Trail Snowshoes, which are short enough and light enough for you to strap to your bag if and when the terrain changes and you no longer need them. (And this happens a lot.)

In 2021, we saw a huge surge in interest in snowshoes, but they were so hard to come by, we weren’t able to get any to test. Because our staff has worn almost every relevant pair out there, though, we decided to publish a guide based on our personal experience. We’ll update this guide with additional hard testing as soon as snowshoes are easier to find. Even if all our picks are out of stock, we hope that the How we picked and tested section will help you assess whatever snowshoes you may be able to find.

Our pick

MSR Evo Trail Snowshoes

Well-built and lightweight, the Evo pair can take a lot of abuse and doesn’t cost a fortune.

For most people looking to take a winter walk in snowy landscapes, the MSR Evo Trail Snowshoes are a fantastic choice. They fit a wide range of footwear thanks to heavy-duty straps that keep boots securely attached, and they’re more durable than any cheaper option. These work best on snow that is firm or already packed down, and that’s the terrain we think the majority of people will be using their snowshoes on.

Also great

Tubbs Xplore Men’s Snowshoes

The Tubbs snowshoes are available in lengths that support a larger range of weights and float easier on softer snow.

Buying Options

*At the time of publishing, the price was $130.

Tubbs Xplore Women’s Snowshoes

The Tubbs snowshoes are available in lengths that support a larger range of weights and float easier on softer snow.

Buying Options

*At the time of publishing, the price was $135.

If you weigh more than 180 pounds, a longer snowshoe will give you better float, and the Tubbs Xplore comes in several lengths—21 and 25 inches in the women’s sizes and 25 and 30 inches in the men’s sizes—specifically for that purpose. (Our top pick, in comparison, is 22 inches long.) Additionally, if you are the type who enjoys a leg-burning slog in freshly fallen powder (we see you), a longer shoeshoe is a better design for traversing fluffy, untouched flakes. Much like a boat on water, longer shoes do a better job of keeping you afloat on top of the snowpack.