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- 360-Degree Traction frames for added support and stability in varied terrain
- SpeedLock bindings are freeze-resistant and easily adjustable, even when you're wearing thick golves
- Use the snowshoe for maneuverability, and attach modular flotation tails (sold separately) when added flotation is necessary
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MSR Lightning Flash
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these snowshoes with high expectations. However I've worn them twice, with both a gortex hiking boot, and a snowboarding boot, and no matter how tight I cinch them down, they don't fit the boots well. However they'll probably work well for a smaller foot (I have size 13 foot). The traction is great, but I'll be returning them to look for a different model.
MSR Lightning Flash
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These shoes will allow for an over-sized boot and are extremely easy to put on once sized appropriately, it literally takes me 45 seconds put on both shoes. The unique construction of this series allow the entire perimeter of the shoe to act similar to a crampon. These provide very good grip on icy and rocky areas such as stream crossings. I weigh 175lbs and when hiking in the finest powder I sank about 10 inches. These shoes are surprisingly light and feel very strong under my weight. I am very pleased with this purchase. I did not use the flotation tails. The terrain I used these shoes on was narrow trail, steep, switchback, under/over blow-downs, stream crossings etc.
Would these be good to use for hiking the...
Would these be good to use for hiking the Adirondacks in the winter? Myself plus gear is usually around 220 lbs at most.
The big differences between the Flash and the Axis and Ascent models is that the Flash is slightly less aggressive in its 360 degree traction frame and it lacks the Ergo Televator clip which makes the other two models work more efficiently on steep ascents. The trade off is that the Flash ends up being more light on the foot and the wallet. These snowshoes would be great in the Adirondacks and even when ascending hills, but if you plan to take on steep terrain on a consistent basis I would definitely lean toward the MSR Lightning Axis.
I will also say that adding a flotation tail will help when the weight of your load gets high and the powder gets soft.