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INITIAL REPORT - November 13, 2017


NAME: Mike Pearl
EMAIL: mikepearl36ATyahooDOTcom
AGE: 43
LOCATION: Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 155 lb (70.30 kg)

I have a great appreciation for the outdoors and get out at every opportunity. I am a three-season, learning to be a four-season backpacker and year-round hiker. Currently, my trips are two to three days long as well as an annual week-long trip. I utilize the abundant trail shelters in my locale and pack a backup tarp-tent. I like to cover big distances while still taking in the views. I have lightweight leanings but function and reliability are the priority. I mostly travel woodland mountain terrain but enjoy hiking beautiful trails anywhere.



Manufacturer: Cascade Designs, Inc. IMAGE 1
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Manufacturer's Website:
Made in the USA of US and imported parts
MSRP: US$ 239.95
Color: Olive
Size Available: Length 22 and 25 in (56 and 63.5 cm) / Width: 8 in (20 cm)
Size Tested: 25 in (63.5 cm) Length

Specs for Tested Size:
Listed Weight: 4 lbs 9 oz (2.04 kg) per pair
Measured Weight: 4 lbs 9 oz (2.04 kg) per pair

Footwear Size Range: US 4.5 W - 14 W (EU 35 - 36)
My Shoe Size: US Men's 9
Load Capacity: 120 - 220 lbs (54 - 100 kg)
*with addition of optional separately sold tails an extra 60 lbs (27 kg) of capacity is possible

The company website list the "gait" and unisex / average width

Revo Ascent Features
PossiLock AT Bindings
Ergo Televators heel lifts
ExoTract Deck
DTX Crampon
The PosiLock AT bindings are MSR's ultimate foot security two-piece, independently conforming bindings providing a secure and freeze-resistant attachment to any footwear.

Ergo Televators flip up with a pull of a pole grip and aid in uphill efficiency by reducing fatigue and increase traction on the steeps with an ergonomic design.

The durable injection-molded plastic ExoTract deck withstands abusive conditions, plus adds unique torsional flex.

DTX crampons made of durable steel offer advanced traction, especially on traverses in junction with aggressive perimeter teeth.

The Revo Ascents allow all-condition adaptability with add-on modular floatation tails provide the maneuverability of a smaller, primary snowshoe with the added, on-demand floatation of optional, 5 in (13 cm) tails. Please note the floatation tails are sold separately and not part of this test series.


IMAGE 3The Revo Ascent snowshoes arrived secured together with two large elastic bands. The bottoms facing together and straps of the bindings fastened the snowshoes look rather streamline. One of the shoes had an informational card attached to it. Separating the shoes the first thing I notice is their color pattern. The green deck, gray metal side, black tips and red crampons looks sharp with a nice complement and contrast.

The Ascents are made of a combination of steel and plastics. The deck is made of injection-molded plastic. The underside of the deck has ridges for both traction and directional control. The deck is attached with rivets to a steel frame running along the side of the deck. The frame has various shaped teeth to provide traction. The crampon is made of steel and attaches to the frame with two cotter pins. The crampon IMAGE 4is attached to the binding with rivets. The binding is made of a few different flexible plastics. At the top, center of each binding is a circle labeled with an "L" or "R" and both indicate positioning of the foot with "ball of foot here". When the snowshoe is under the correct foot the binding straps are on the outer side of the foot. The binding hooks with a unique shape are on the inner side. There is also a clip IMAGE 5on the strap to secure excess strap after fastening. The heel lift is a thin piece of steel that hinges through the frame. There is a small notch cut into the frame to hold the heel lift in place when in the up position.

All components and materials look robust and of good quality. The construction and assembly looks well executed and sturdy. There are no defects, scratches or rough edges. All parts have a nice finish and coordinated look.


IMAGE 6The informational card was attached to the snowshoe with a small piece of hook and loop tape. The front of the card lists the model, size and intended user's gender. The four main features (previously mentioned) of the snowshoe are briefly described as well. Pulling down on the front of the card unfolds origami style revealing more information. Inside are recommended sizing and load capacities, further feature descriptions and snowshoe weights. On the back of the card are basic winter safety tips, web address for avalanche information and MSR company contact information. Glued to the back of the card is a piece of paper with instructions for use of the bindings and heel lift. The photo to the right shows the Televator heel lift in the up, in use position.

All the information and instructions provided are clear, easy to read and understand.


Although I am eagerly awaiting it, it is just a little too early here for snow. So the best I could do was strap up the bindings and stand in the Revo Ascents on the bare grass. The bindings fasten easily and feel secure on my boots. I took a few standing in place steps. The hinge of the snowshoe moves smoothly and my feet feel comfortable in the bindings. Removing the snowshoes is just as easy as getting them on. The strap and hook system is simple and secure. The Ascents feel solid under my feet.


The MSR Revo Ascent snowshoes look like well-designed and made snowshoes. They have an appealing style and color scheme while maintaining an aggressive snow traction appearance. They fit my boots nicely, are easy to get on and off and feel comfortable when the bindings are secured. I like that the bottoms fit together closely and the bindings flatten out. I check for this when thinking of attaching snowshoes to my pack. The Ascents look like they will attach with a slim profile, although I hope they will be on my feet more than on my back. As I write this the temperature is steadily falling below freezing, so I am looking forward to getting the Revo Ascents out on some fresh snow very soon.

This concludes my Initial Report. Over the next two months I will have the Revo Ascents out for field testing. Please return to find out how the winter and the snowshoes treat me. I would like to send my thanks to Cascade Designs, Inc. and for the opportunity to test the MSR Revo Ascent snowshoes.

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