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MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe - Women's

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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)
    • Item #CAS001L

    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    360° Traction (aluminum, steel)
    Deck Material
    ballistic nylon
    Crampon Material
    22 x 7.25 in, 25 x 7.25 in
    PosiLock AT
    Heel Risers
    yes, Ergo Televators
    Side Rails
    Recommended User Weight
    [22in, without tails] 180 lbs, [22in, with tails] 240 lbs, [25in, without tails] 210 lbs, [25in, with tails] 270 lbs
    Claimed Weight
    [22in] 3 lbs 7 oz, [25in] 3 lbs 11 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    The best

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are the best. I hike a lot, usually a couple times a week in the southern Rockies in steep mountainous terrain. My hikes gain 1600 to 2800 feet in elevation with round trips of 5 to 8 miles. Along my routes are a couple of steep traverses. I have always felt safe with the bar design. They allow me to kick nice flat footing. I can cut through a light icy surface if I need to. The lifts are real energy savers if you climb a lot.
    The first season I had them, I put about 300 miles on them . At the beginning of the second season, I noticed one of the crampon teeth had broken. I called MSR and they sent a replacement binding and crampon unit which was pretty easy to switch out. I didn't even have to send them a picture. I think lifetime warranty really means lifetime warranty with this company. These snowshoes are expensive but worth every penny.
    I weigh about 145 with pack and all my gear. I got the 25" . When breaking trail in 12" to 16" of new, dry powder, I sink 6 inches without tails but 2 to 4 inches with tails. I would have been very unhappy if I had bought the 22" even though they were rated for my weight. I know the conventional wisdom is get the shortest snowshoes you can for your weight, but I am glad for the additional flotation. I don't find the extra length bothers me when stepping over obstacles. If you break trail regularly, get the tails too. So helpful.

    This is THE snowshoe

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

    Walking in these are like walking on air. I am a guy, but have very small, narrow feet and a narrow gait so I brought the women's model. Lesson learned after buying my first pair that weren't the proper size/fit for me. Used them this weekend at Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park. Luckily, the weather was nice when we arrived so we opted to do the ranger-led snowshoe hike before setting up camp behind the parking lot. While people using other snowshoes often slipped on minor downhill sections, these were more than sturdy. It's true that it's much harder when breaking trail, but the lightweight, streamlined design of the MSR Lightning's made things a lot more efficient. When we turned back, I was pretty much on the ranger's toes while many other people were following much more slowly. These let you go as fast as you can up to the point where walking becomes jogging! The slimmer profile makes them a lot easier to balance on & control, especially on a narrow trail or during high leg lifts.

    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


    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

    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.