10 Best Snowshoes for Men & Short Guide on How to Choose


If you enjoy hiking in all conditions and on all terrains, then snowshoes are a must. So here you have a list with best snowshoes for men currently on the market.

Why using snowshoes

With snowshoes, you can walk across the snow-covered ground without much sinking or struggling. The purpose of snowshoes is to provide flotation, in other words they spread the weight over a larger surface. Snowshoes are constructed in such a way to allow for hiking and even running on the snow.

How to choose

You have three basic components to consider:

  • The snowshoe frame.
  • The binding.
  • Crampons.

These will determine where you can use them. So this can be:

  • A flat terrain. This is best for beginners and for families. Snowshoes for such a terrain are with an easy-to-adjust binding and with a less aggressive traction system.
  • A rolling terrain. This is what hikers and backpackers usually have to face. Snowshoes for such a purpose work well on all but very steep or icy terrains. They have more aggressive crampons and beefier bindings than the first group.
  • A mountain terrain. As you guess this is for experienced mountaineer and for more demanding terrains, steep, icy, built with aggressive crampons and with strong and rugged bindings.

How to choose snowshoe size

This is primarily about the snowshoe frame and this is related to flotation. You will need a large surface if you are on a dry snow, if you are a heavy person, or if you have a heavy backpack. So when you see the recommended weight, this is your weight and equipment together.

On packed trails and in the forest you would go for more compact shoes that are easier to maneuver. The same holds for steep and icy conditions. In any case, make sure that you have an adequate flotation.

Snowshoe materials

This is about the frame and decking. Typically what you have regarding the frame are:

  • Aluminum-frame snowshoes.
  • Composite-frame snowshoes.

The decking is usually synthetic like nylon or Hypalon rubber.  Composite materials are usually used in MSR snowshoes.

Snowshoe bindings

Typically, you will see one of the following types:

  • Rotating or pivoting binding. This is a great design that allows you to walk naturally. The pivoting angle can be different in different models.
  • Fixed bindings. As the name says, they do not offer so much pivot. This may be a good option if you have to cross over obstacles on the trail.

How about traction

To have a great grip, snowshoes usually have some sort of crampons or teeth. Those for flat terrain need less of course as compared to mountaineering snowshoes.

  • The primary source of traction is a toe crampon located on the undersides of the bindings.
  • You can also have heel crampons placed on the decking undersides of many snowshoes.
  • Side rails or traction bars on the decking undersides provide lateral stability.
  • Braking bars, those are on the undersides of plastic-decking snowshoes for forward traction and to prevent backsliding.

Some of the snowshoes designed for steep terrains also have heel lifts. You can flip them up under your heels to relieve calf strain on steep sections and to save energy. The feeling you have is like walking upstairs.

How about snowshoeing footwear

Most of the models on the market are designed with bindings that accept standard hiking footwear so no need to invest in anything special for snowshoes. Though you are in a cold area so you might want to consider heated socks and also heated gloves if you plan to stay there longer. But some special types like those for running and mountaineering will have special bindings that correspond to the footwear used for such activities.

So have a look at this impressive list of best snowshoes for men (check also my text with snowshoes for women), you will see some top brands in the list:

Bestseller No. 1
Gpeng 3-in-1 Xtreme Lightweight Terrain Snowshoes for Men Women Youth Kids, Light Weight Aluminum Alloy Terrain Snow Shoes with Trekking Poles and Carrying Tote Bag, 14"/21"/ 25"/27"/ 30"
  • Sizes & Weight Capacity: 14 Inches:30 - 70 lbs / 14 - 31 kg; 21 Inches: 70 - 150 lbs / 31 - 70 kg; 25 Inches : 120 - 180 lbs / 55 - 82 kg ; 27 Inches:160 - 235 lbs / 73 - 107 kg; 30 Inches:180 - 250 lbs / 81 - 114 kg
  • DESIGN: Ergonomic and streamlined design and a slightly upturned rounded tail, the snowshoes ensure a comfortable and easy walk for your hiking and climbing. Meet max floatation and fast movement in heavy snow condition.
  • Functional Use: a strong metal frame provides a stable platform while the high quality PE decking creates max flotation; heel straps with quick release buckles keep your feet in place; all terrain forged aluminum alloy crampons for aggressive traction
  • Fully Adjustable : double ratcheting bindings easily adjust to most footwear and enable a secure fit for maximum efficiency during outdoor treks; one-buckle tightening mechanism coupled with an TPE heel strap provides efficient support
  • Package Included: a pair of snowshoes + a pair of Snowshoeing Poles + a Carrying bag
Bestseller No. 2
FLASHTEK 21/25/30 Inches Snowshoes for Men and Women, Light Weight Aluminum Terrain Snow Shoes (Blue, 25")
  • SIZES & WEIGHT CAPACITY: 21 inches snowshoes optimized weight range: 65 - 155 lbs / 30 - 70 kg;25 inches snowshoes optimized weight range: 110 - 220 lbs / 50 - 100 kg; 30 inches snowshoes optimized weight range: 150 - 260 lbs / 70 - 120 kg. (Load refers to total weight of user plus anything they are carrying such as pack, equipment, etc.)
  • DESIGN: Ergonomic and streamlined design and a slightly upturned rounded tail, the snowshoes ensure a comfortable and easy walk for your hiking and climbing. Meet max floatation and fast movement in heavy snow condition.
  • FUNCTION: Fast pull binding system easy entry and fast-lock allow your winter boots put on and off quickly. It can fit a wide range of shoes size from 35-45 EUR.
  • MATERIALS: Long lasting lightweight 6000 Series aircraft aluminum frame. DuPont pivot and environmental HDPE decking. Forged aluminum alloy crampons
  • PACK: One pair of snowshoes + one pair of Trekking poles + one nylon carrying bag.
Bestseller No. 3
Yukon Charlies Sherpa Snowshoe Kit, 930
  • Our Classic Sherpa snowshoe Series is back with a new design and updated elements
  • The Sherpa Totes ultra-durable HDPE decking and coated hardened steel crampons to grip the snow and provide secure footing
  • The Sherpa features user-friendly designs like our quick click II ratcheting binding to easily secure your shoe to the snowshoe
  • The rapid-lite flex heel strap will get you in and out of the shoe in seconds
  • 9x30 size weighs 4.8 pounds and is built for users up to 250 pounds. Kit includes: bag, poles, snow & trekking baskets
Bestseller No. 4
Gpeng Snowshoes for Men Women Youth Kids, Lightweight Aluminum Alloy All Terrain Snow Shoes with Adjustable Ratchet Bindings with Carrying Tote Bag,14"/21"/ 25"/27"/ 30"
  • Sizes & Weight Capacity: 14 Inches:30 - 70 lbs / 14 - 31 kg; 21 Inches: 70 - 150 lbs / 31 - 70 kg; 25 Inches : 120 - 180 lbs / 55 - 82 kg ; 27 Inches:160 - 235 lbs / 73 - 107 kg; 30 Inches:180 - 250 lbs / 81 - 114 kg
  • DESIGN: Ergonomic and streamlined design and a slightly upturned rounded tail, the snowshoes ensure a comfortable and easy walk for your hiking and climbing. Meet max floatation and fast movement in heavy snow condition
  • The bindings are molded around a man's boot to cradle and pad the arch and ball of the foot, so there are no pressure points. The lacing system holds your feet securely and easy Fast-Loc buckles make donning and doffing quick and simple.
  • Functional Use: a strong metal frame provides a stable platform while the high quality PE decking creates max flotation; heel straps with quick release buckles keep your feet in place; all terrain forged aluminum alloy crampons for aggressive traction
  • Fully Adjustable : double ratcheting bindings easily adjust to most footwear and enable a secure fit for maximum efficiency during outdoor treks; one-buckle tightening mechanism coupled with an TPE heel strap provides efficient support
Bestseller No. 5
Snowshoes for Men Women Youth Kids, Lightweight Aluminum Alloy All Terrain Snow Shoes with Adjustable Ratchet Bindings with Carrying Tote Bag ,14"/21"/ 25"/27"/ 30"
  • Sizes & Weight Capacity: 14 Inches:30 - 70 lbs / 14 - 31 kg; 21 Inches: 70 - 150 lbs / 31 - 70 kg; 25 Inches : 120 - 180 lbs / 55 - 82 kg ; 27 Inches:160 - 235 lbs / 73 - 107 kg; 30 Inches:180 - 250 lbs / 81 - 114 kg
  • DESIGN: Ergonomic and streamlined design and a slightly upturned rounded tail, the snowshoes ensure a comfortable and easy walk for your hiking and climbing. Meet max floatation and fast movement in heavy snow condition
  • The bindings are molded around a man's boot to cradle and pad the arch and ball of the foot, so there are no pressure points. The lacing system holds your feet securely and easy Fast-Loc buckles make donning and doffing quick and simple.
  • Functional Use: a strong metal frame provides a stable platform while the high quality PE decking creates max flotation; heel straps with quick release buckles keep your feet in place; all terrain forged aluminum alloy crampons for aggressive traction
  • Package Included: a pair of snowshoes + a Carrying bag
Bestseller No. 6
Odoland 4-in-1 Snowshoes Snow Shoes for Men and Women with Trekking Poles, Carrying Tote Bag and Waterproof Snow Leg Gaiters, Lightweight Aluminum Alloy Snow Shoes, Black, Size 25''
  • THE ULTIMATE SNOWSHOES FOR MEN AND WOMEN: Snow shoes made of lightweight high quality materials to guarantee ease of use and equipped with handy bag, this set is ideal for your snowshoeing adventures and outdoor activities. 21'' for 60-120lbs / 28-54kg, 25'' for 120-160lbs / 50-72kg, 30'' for 160-220lbs / 72-100kg.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & EASY-TO-PUT SNOWSHOES: The snowshoes made of lightweight and strong aluminum frame, the snow shoes feature an ergonomic design to ensure comfortable and easy walk.
  • GREAT FLOTATION & HARD GRIP SAWTOOTH: Large flat surface area of aluminum frame, the shoes provides you with maximum flotation. Each shoe has two sets of reinforced, heavy duty saw tooth for strong traction on icy, hard surfaces.
  • ADJUSTABLE TREEKING POLES: Easily changing the height of these telescoping poles from 25.5 to 54 inches is a breeze even when you're wearing gloves or trekking in wet conditions.
  • WATERPROOF LEG GAITERS: Made of pongee fabric, provides excellent water and tear & puncture resistance.
Bestseller No. 7
Alps Adult All Terrian Snowshoes 30" + pair anti-shock adjustable snowshoeing pole
  • 30" snowshoes + pair antishock adjustable snowshoeing poles + Free tote bag
  • Light weight with sturdy alloy construction
  • For user weights up to 250 lbs
  • Design for adult, men, women use
  • Forged aluminum crampons front and back
Bestseller No. 8
Chinook 80006 Trekker Snowshoes, 30
  • Light weight and strong aluminum frame features an ergonomic design to ensure comfortable and easy walks
  • UV resistant polyethylene decking, easy-to-use dual ratchet bindings and heel straps with quick release buckles
  • Heavy duty aluminum crampons, rotate freely to bite into snow; heel crampons provide traction for heading down mild slopes
  • Includes carry bag with back pack straps, side handles, mesh ventilation and Velcro pole carriers
  • Recommended load: 180-250 pounds (82-114 kg); measures 30 x 8.6 Inch (76 x 22 cm); weighs 4.95 pounds (2.25 kg)
SaleBestseller No. 9
Mishansha Men's Women's Snow Shoes Fur Lined Warm Water Resistant Anti-Slip Winter Ankle Hiking Boots Khaki 11.5 Women/10 Men
  • CLASSIC DESIGN: High top design with elasitic lacing system and features artificial leather vamp for fashion appearance Leather: Animal leather and artificial leather are called leather. Mishansha's brand concept: from the perspective of protecting the world's ecological environment, in response to the call of the World Animal Protection Association, for the balance between humans and animals. In order to carry this concept through, these boots of Mishansha are made of artificial leather.
  • PROTECTIVE STRUCTURE: Toe cap with enhance TPR material for anti collision and protect feet, can be as work shoes
  • WARM INSIDE: Interior covered thick warm fur for keep temperature and offers comfortable touch
  • UPGRADE SOLE: Meticulously features flexible EVA midsole and anti-skid TPR outsole for wear resistent, cushion support
  • PERFECT FOR: Winter, skiing, hiking, walking the dog, walking, mountaineering, camping, casual, working, shopping, driving, vacation, also is a good holiday gift. NOTICE:The boots is water resistant not waterproof.
SaleBestseller No. 10
Timberland mens Chocorua Trail Mid Waterproof Snow Shoe, Brown/Green, 8.5 US
  • These waterproof Men's hiking boots mean business on the trails, lend a rugged aesthetic to your Streetwear look, and use TimberDry membranes to keep your feet dry
Bestseller No. 11
Arctix Men's Snow Sports Cargo Pants, Nautical Blue, Medium/Regular
  • 85 grams ThermaTech Insulation offers warmth in a lightweight, low bulk garment (keeps you warm at temperatures from -20° to +35°)
  • 600 Denier Ballistic are used to reinforce the ankle, scuff and hem guards to hold up against daily wear and tear
  • Adjustable waist for comfortable fit
  • Boot Zippers for easy on and off, along with cargo pockets and O-ring for keys, gloves, and/or lift tickets
  • Boot Gaiters with Grippers form a seamless integration with boots to keep warmth in and moisture out

Last update on 2021-02-15  / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Please see also this great video by REI, this is an introduction to snowshoes:

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