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Gear Review

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MSR Lightning Ascent: I am new to snowshoeing, and really wasn't sure what pair/which type of snowshoe to get. I know I like to hike/backpack, I know I love winter, so I wasn't too worried about whether I'd like snowshoeing. I did my research and settled on MSR. Then came the decision over which size to order. I could have ordered the 22", but I went ahead and ordered the 25"so that I can use them backpacking. I figured I'd take the extra three inches of length for a little more versatility (and I didn't order the tails).

I ordered them in July (great price) and ordered the Sky Blue color, which is actually a very bright blue. They are high quality, great grip, and very comfortable. The bindings are versatile and I did have a little trouble the first time I put them on, but as I said, I'm new at this. I snowshoed in backcountry on pretty flat terrain, but had to hike over branches and fallen logs. My short legs had no trouble with the 25" snowshoes. I look forward to many, many more adventures. All I need now is more snow.