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Superior traction, performance, and comfort for winter expeditions.

When you need to get somewhere in the backcountry and you need to get there safely and securely, trust the Men's Lightning Ascent Snowshoes from MSR. The Lightning Ascents feature decking made from ballistic nylon that can withstand whatever you can throw at it. 360-degree traction frames provide grip on whatever terrain you find yourself on, regardless of topography and conditions. The PosiLock AT bindings combine with Torsion2 crampons for excellent support and traction. Heel-risers ensure that you won't suffer from undue fatigue.

  • Ballistic nylon decks
  • 360-degree traction frames
  • Torsion2 crampons
  • PosiLock AT bindings
  • Ergo Televator heel-risers
  • Modular flotation tail compatible (flotation tails sold separately)

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Is there a distinguishable difference between the men's and the women's lightning ascent snowshoe? I ask, because as a female, I prefer the silver color of the men's to the color options of the women's, but don't want to have any issues if these are only suited for men. For reference, I am 5'8", 120lbs. Thank you!

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The women's models are 3/4" narrower than the men's models (7.25" vs 8"), per the MSR website. Women's bindings are also smaller, and depending on your shoe size the Ergo Televators may not be under your heel when raised.

5 5

No Regrets!!!

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

These things are top notch! I put them to the test this weekend and was not disappointed. Went through all kinds of snow conditions: on ice, over rock and exposed logs and roots. Held like glue on some seriously steep ice. Highly recommend. (pic of summit ascent on Mt Colden, NY)

No Regrets!!!
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This picture says a thousand words!

Nothing else compares.

Nothing else compares.

Snowshoeing in a white out.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

4 5

Great Snowshoes but not for NorthEast

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these to do NYS 46ers and the rest of the 4000'+ peaks in the NE. Awesome design weight and use of materials. except for using aluminum for the traction system. The nature of our trails means lots of exposed rocks even in the dead of winter and because of this it really takes its toll on the aluminum teeth. used for maybe 3 peaks and decided to sell them off befor there was nothing left. went back to using the Good ol MSR Denali accents. heavier but more durable, a true 5 star snow shoe..

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Good point on tearing up the traction. Steel wouldn't make much of a difference, you might get twice the use out of them. For conditions that are going to take you over patch snow, a tube design (since the frame on this design is not part of the traction system) is better if you are concerned about durability. The trade off is less traction if you are doing particularly steep inclines and ice. They say you should step out of your snow shoes and not tread across rock and gravel, impractical perhaps. If the snow doesn't really warrant a snow shoe, I get in YakTrax.

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WILLINGHAM259668: From my experience (100+ winter peaks), its very impractical to keep switching from one device to another. and in the peaks, you pretty much always need traction, (a snow shoe without traction is a ski). and yaktrax are also not suitable for mountains either, Microspikes are the only way to go for that application.