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Get out in the backcountry.

No matter what the skies were up to last night, you're not going to miss your morning snowshoe trek, and neither is the MSR Women's Lightning Ascent Snowshoe. MSR designed these snowshoes with a narrow profile that better suits a women's narrower gait, which also reduces the weight. After strapping the most advanced adventure technology to your boot, you can't help but feel confident as you navigate snow fields and steeps after a fresh dump.
  • New Torsion2 crampons feature independently flexible split teeth that maintain continuous contact with the ground to better distribute forces on rugged terrain
  • Modular Flotation technology lets you quickly attach Lightning flotation tails (sold separately) to help bear extra weight or navigate extra-deep snow fields
  • PosiLock AT Binding System holds your foot securely in place for optimal energy transfer and reduced slipping even on steep terrain
  • 360 Traction frames offer edge-to-edge grip for navigating slippery terrain
  • Ergo Televator engages with simple flick of a pole to help reduce fatigue on steep inclines

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5 5

Winning Best Brother of The Year

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

So I own the 30" Men's version of these. Honestly I've got nothing but great things to say about the product so I decided it was time to share some love with the sister. But I gave the 22" Women's version to my sister; yeah let's say I won best brother of the year (this isn't up for debate, the position was solidified!)

So based on her body and pack weight I opted to gift her the 22" deck so she could get optimal float with the best mobility since these are shorter and allow for greater mobility.

If she needed more float in her shoes she could always add the tails. Personally, I'm not a fan of tails. Let me clarify that, the design and engineering of the MSR tails for these are bomber but my dislike in tails comes from the fact that the center of balance for the shoe is now thrown off with additional surface area being added to the rear of the snowshoe. Ideally the surface area would be added at the front and the back to make for optimal performance. But that doesn't exist. So generally I opt against them.

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

5 5

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe - Women's

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

My wife bought a pair of these a couple of years ago when we moved to Maine, since everyone up here seems to MSR shoes of some type. After I used them one day when she was stuck at home, I decided I needed to get a pair of my own, even though they say "Womens". I just got the manly black instead of the sky blue. I am 150 pounds, and they are perfect for me.

5 5

Ice picks for your feet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I backcountry ski a lot, maybe too much.I chose routes that aren't popular mostly because they just aren't all that accessible on skins. I figured this out early on -- it's my first winter season in the Wasatch...the less accessible, the more solitude we get. A friend of mine and his kids do a lot of multi-day snowshoe treks and it occurred to me that I could snowshoe up and ski down...novel idea -eh? They suggested the MSR Lightening Ascents. I couldn't be happier!

They aren't the 'floatiest' of snowshoes, but they are lightweight to the point of barely feeling them on my feet. The heel lift is perfect for taking steep lines, and the straps stay in place. I pair them with my Salomon Quest 4D GTX boots and my feet never get wet. They grip like nothing else, I've never slid, or mis-stepped with them. And if conditions are less than stellar, I don them for a fast run back down.

They are small and fit neatly in my pack once my AT boots are out and on my feet for the descent. I look forward to many years of traversing ranges with my MSRs :-)

4 5

First pair

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Never owned snowshoes before, but I have borrowed my brother's and they were way too wide. The narrow fit is fantastic and I can really move now. Usually go through a steep area of property that goes from flat to big inclines. Going down I had awesome traction while my friend was sliding. Up hill the televator really does relieve and prevent fatigue in your calves and legs. Bindings were easy to secure and stayed secure, which was something I was always adjusting on my borrowed pair. My only concern is that the webbing material frayed on the edges after only a few treks. It does not look like it is getting worse but for the price you would think that would not be an issue. I was in very deep snow so I do not believe that I was stepping on rocks or sticks that could have caused the damage.

4 5

televator to heaven

Just bough these 2 weeks ago and the first mountain I climbed was Mt. Washington. I can tell you that the televators are amazing and they helped me fly up the steep below treeline slopes.

5 5

Best snowshoes ever!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For anyone who loves snowshoeing these snowshoes are well worth the money. For flat terrain Tubbs, Atlas etc. will do the trick but if you intend to do any back country or even moderately steep terrain these snowshoes are invaluable. My husband and I each have a pair and we bought new ones so we had extras when friends wanted to join us. Everytime we've lent them out our friends end up purchasing a pair. No way would I ever consider another brand!

5 5

Made in U.S.A.

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.