I have a set that I havent picked up yet! The mountains got some snow the last few days. Maybe get to try them out after the first of the year roles around. Oh and I have the perfect little Model 7 in .17 fireball to try out...
I spend a decent amount of time in snowshoes. Mostly chasing cats and keeping tabs on bulls, but I prefer the MSR lightening ascent as they're light weight and narrower profile so less tangles and also has a climbing bar. I'm going this weekend so hopefully I can send you one more bull pic.
I get out a little with wife and kids. But more for calling predators. Just coyotes so far, but my goal is bobcat. We don't have much snow here yet, supposed to be getting more this weekend. I use (and love) MSR EVO ascents. Like Triple mentioned, the ascent bar is nice for climbing. In my opinion, MSR shoes offer better traction, than some other designs. Plus their light and have easy to use bindings.
I own a pair of MSR Lightning ascents but frankly I havent used them since I got my Alpine Touring skis set up. It is SOOO much better when you can slide down hill rather than having to trudge all the time!
Older MSR Lightning shoes. Love them. I hope the snow flies on the front range so I can use them here soon! 6 or 7 years of moderate use and they have held up well. My girlfriend has the MSR ascent lightning model and she likes the heel bar for climbing. They did not have that option when I got mine.