sol100288840 wrote a review of MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe - Men's on February 8, 2014
Familiarity: I've used it several times
To begin with, these are great performing snowshoes. They are lightweight, ,maneuverable and well-constructed. The incorporation of a floating tail extension (optional) is especially effective and cleverly done. The bindings are quick and easy to use, even with heavy gloves on and in low temperatures.
Unfortunately the snowshoe binding has a design flaw. The front hook buckle can easily dig into the fabric at the toe opening on the inboard side because that hook extends just far enough to catch. I used them only a few times when I discovered that the buckle hook had dug a ragged little notch where it hit the material. My wife also has a pair of these snowshoes and the exact same thing happened on hers. I contacted Cascade Design (MSR) at 1-206-505-9500 and one of their tech reps admitted that they are aware of the problem and are currently redesigning the binding so as to eliminate the problem. The new design should be available next season. In the meantime the tech rep said that the notch created by the buckle hook should eventually reach a small maximum and go no further. He also suggested moving the foot back somewhat would allow the buckle to be cinched more tightly and no longer hit the material. I did point out that this would place your foot too far back for optimum usage.