I am not a big fan of snowshoes even for ascending the type of terrain wolfy talks of. You can easily negotiate that on a splitboard unless it's a 10 ft wide couloir and likely use a lot less energy. Regardless, snowshoes are a great backcountry tool to have and have their place in your quiver.
I love verts, but the guy who made them is not producing them for now. Bummer, nice, light, climb better than any snowshoe out there, and are relatively inexpensive.
The MSR Lightning Ascents
are probably the best for snowboaders. It's a nice lightweight design and the whole snowshoe is basically one big crampon. So you have unmatched traction for climbing, side hilling (a big problem with snowshoes), and just generally hiking around saving energy.
The MSR Denali's are a great shoe and were probably the best one's up until MSR came out with the Lightnings. So it's also a solid shoe, the tails you can add on are nice, and they are also one of the better sidehilling snowshoes.
Things to look for. Aggressive crampons, and long tail crampons, or along the edges of the snowshoes are best to have. It will let you tackle the largest variety of terrain. Without them, you will wash out and could end up in a potentialy life threatening situation.
Hope that helps you out.