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(Charles Dustin Sammann)

The Best Snowshoes of 2018

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Play atop the powder with these new decks.

(Charles Dustin Sammann)

Dion Model 120/Laser (From $240)

Just when we thought Dion couldn’t lighten its racing snowshoes any further, the company launched the Model 120, which sheds even more ounces thanks to aircraft-grade aluminum tubing. At only seven inches wide and 20.5 inches long, the 120 doesn’t force you to alter your stride. 1 lb

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(Courtesy Crescent Moon)

Crescent Moon Eva All-Foam ($159)

“A fat bike for your feet” is how one tester described the Eva—the most intuitive snowshoe in our test, courtesy of its easy-to-use Velcro bindings and simple, lightweight design. Underneath, hard foam lugs act like snow tires for a footprint that’s more lithe trail runner than bulky snowshoe. 1.7 lbs

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(Courtesy Yukon Charlie's)

Yukon Charlie’s Carbon Flex Spin ($190)

Long snowshoes can feel clumsy, but the Carbon Flex, at 5.2 pounds per pair, makes breaking trail through the deep stuff a bit easier. This 28-inch model offered the best flotation of any we tested, with its rigid but light hydrocarbon-polymer frame. 2.6 lbs

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(Courtesy TSL Outdoor)

TSL Symbioz Motion ($209)

A ten-mile trek through New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains was no challenge for the Motion, which offers the right combination of confidence and speed. The plastic frame flexes over terrain, allowing for natural movement while providing stability. A heel lift ensures optimal boost when cranking uphill. 2 lbs

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From Winter 2018 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Charles Dustin Sammann

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