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Head to the backcountry with lightning speed.
When the backcountry is calling your name, throw on your MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes to take a trek through the mountains and enjoy the backcountry at a slower pace. Featuring decking made from ballistic nylon, the Lightning Ascents can handle steep ascents up snow-covered mountains and leisurely strolls through powder-filled meadows with equal aplomb. The frame provide 360-degree traction when you're crossing a field of powder or ascending a wind-blown ridgeline, and PosiLock AT bindings work with Torsion2 crampons to provide sure-footed traction. Heel risers in the rear work to prevent overworking and reduce fatigue so you can enjoy more time in the untamed winter wilderness.
- Adventure-ready snowshoes for mountainous terrain
- Ballistic nylon decking stands up to rough terrain
- 360-degree traction frame provides grip anywhere
- Torsion3 Crampons with PosiLock AT binding for support
- Heel risers help reduce fatigue during long climbs
- Item #CAS00BU
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Learn about Lightning Ascent Snowshoe!
Our ultralight snowshoes are built on a solid foundation of our advanced 360° Traction™ frames and deliver a level of security that tubular frames simply can’t—especially on traverses. Dual-component PosiLock™ AT bindings offer our most secure attachment, while rugged decking ensures long-lasting durability. In technical terrain, the snowshoes’ steel cross members and easily engaged Ergo™ Televators back you up with every step. And like all of our snowshoes, Lightning Ascents offer the all-condition adaptability of our Modular Flotation tails.
Worth every penny
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
If you're going to spend money on snowshoes, do it right! These are comfortable, durable, light, and perform well. We use them for strenuous uphill climbing as well as strolling through flat lands. Couldn't be happier.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I purchased these snowshoes through another retailer, and I love them. It takes a minute or so longer to strap them on, but once the straps are secured these shoes are not coming off. I found that the extra 'tail' of the strap came out of the U-shaped slider that holds it in place, but the strap never came loose. I figure I'll loop a ziptie on the straps to hold the extra bit in place - mostly for aesthetic reasons, but also because I'm one of those people who will trip over just about anything, including her own feet.
One concern I read from another reviewer was that the aggressive teeth on the frame can catch on the other snowshoe, causing one to fall. I've tripped over my snowshoes before, but it hasn't happened with these.
I've been on both hard-packed trail and broken trail with these, and I've navigated icy stuff. The shoes are super grippy. I felt much more secure than I did with my previous snowshoes that only had the toe & heel crampons.
Love these things...
After reading lots of reviews and looking at plenty of snow walkers, I decided to go with the 25” Lightning Ascent by MSR. I wanted a high quality, light, all around snow shoe that would last forever and perform in any snow condition. I live in north idaho just shy of the Rocky’s so I’ll be seeing lots of snow at times to small amounts of snow, and mostly frozen snow. I mainly wanted them to hunt predators in the off months of the fun hunting season. My maiden voyage with the ascents was great. I was very impressed with the traction and stability while I walked. Since I’m packing a rifle I won’t be using poles so the stability thing was a huge deal and they did not disappoint. I’m still lacking some needed gear so today was a short trip of just a couple miles to test em out. I was in and out in no time just like lightning lol. Honestly I feel like I exerted about the same amount of energy had I been walking in no snow at all. Now this was probably due to the well frozen snow and the fact that I wasn’t hardly sinking but still was very happy with them. Also walked across some really large sections of straight frozen water and even on the ice the cleated frame of the Lightning Ascents allowed no slipping at all. I’m looking forward to my next time out. Happy with my purchase.
Lightning’s went downhill....
I have two pairs of Lightning Ascents. I bought a pair the first year they came out, then another pair in 2014. The original pair of Lightning Ascents have two straps that are wide with large eyelets. They were easy to strap on and “away you went”. The newer Ascents are terrible to strap on. Adding a third strap was senseless. The straps get in the way and the eyelets are tiny. It’s a real pain trying to strap these on in cold weather. The holes(eyelets) are so small it’s difficult trying to hook them properly. The buckle hook often gets caught in the eyelet and are difficult to separate once this occurs. The original model also had wider straps and were really easy to catch the hook into the wide hole. I do extensive snowshoeing in the Adirondacks from December until early April and once my feet were strapped into the older model with the two straps they were ‘locked’ into place permanently. I’d bushwhacked and I never had a problem. The three(3) straps work well once hooked in, but again unnecessary. I recommend purchasing the new Lightning Trail with the two strap system that emulates the old Lightning Ascent system.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Put these on and you'll nearly float across the snow. I had to stop myself and make sure they were still attached to my feet....was trekking so fast I thought they had a self propel mode. On a more serious note.....they are light on your feet. They grab great. Everyone that sees them wishes they had them.
What else can you expect
Well, MSR is well known for their superior outdoor fun toys and I feel like this is pretty much their flagship model for snowshoes, so of course they just dominate. I'm relatively a newb at snowshoeing but went with these anyways and there's not much learning curve. The heel lifts were nice when we went straight up about 30 degree slope in deep powder for about 700' elevation gain. The grip on these things is simply amazing. I had some trouble on the downhill though, not sure if it was inexperience, the deep pow or the shoes.