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Get out in the backcountry, in comfort.

Don't miss out on your next trek through a winter wonderland due to improper footwear. Throw the Women's Lightning Ascent Snowshoes on your boots and stride through the snow with confidence. The decks are made from durable ballistic nylon to make sure they're tough enough to handle just about anything. 360-degree traction frames ensure a solid grip on any surface, while the Torsion2 crampons combine to offer stability on steep, sideways, or flat terrain. PosiLock AT bindings are an excellent blend of stability and support, and the Ergo Televator heel risers prevent your calves from cramping up during extended periods of uphill traffic. If the snow gods see fit to reward you with lots of fluffy goodness, throw the modular flotation tails on the back (flotation tails sold separately) for extra float, especially when using a heavy pack.

  • Ballistic nylon decks
  • 360-degree Traction frames
  • Torsion2 crampons
  • PosiLock AT bindings
  • Ergo Televator heel-risers
  • Compatible with modular flotation tails (tails sold separately)

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The best rugged snowshoe available

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

f you've got any questions about MSR snowshoes or any other pairs; definitely contact me and I'd love to help you find the right pair for your size, intended use, and region.

I've used the Lightning Ascents (Men's versions) for years now and they've never failed me. When other struggle on ice or bad terrain, I'm able to forge on and have no issues. And the float on these is great in deep snow. The Women's are built just as rugged and bomb proof but at 0.75" narrow on each shoe to better suit the female build.

Shoot me an email or call and we can size up a pair for you!

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions about snowshoes or any other gear!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead

How are these in heavier snow such as in the NE and inland of the mid-Atlantic region (WVa, Western MD, PA, Appalachia, etc)? Thanks.


I'm originally from New Hampshire, so I'm all too familiar with the heavy snow / icey conditions you can encounter. I never had an issue with these snowshoes. As long as they are sized correctly then you'll be all set for them to perform great.

Let me know if you have any sizing questions!

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead

Thanks Jared! That helps a lot. I'm 5'7" and about 145. My shoe size is about an 8 women's give or take. What size would suit me for the best float? Thanks!


I'd go with the 22" for your weight and location/expected snow type & terrain.


Excellent performance!

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This snowshoe is 100% worth the cost. I climbed many steeps in some firm but mostly loose snow conditions and the traction was great with no slipping. Multiple securing straps are helpful - depending on the style gaiter used you may have to adjust where the strap crosses your boot.