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Lightning Trail Snowshoe
Yeah, there are snowshoes built for climbing steep mountains with a 50lb pack on your back, but when your snowshoe excursions take place on trails and rolling terrain, do you really want the added weight and bulk of an expedition-style shoe? The MSR Men's Lighting Trail Snowshoe is built for lightweight efficiency and is capable of covering some serious ground. In creating the Lightning Trail, MSR's goal was to streamline the design, cutting down on weight without sacrificing performance so you can cruise with ease over the snow.
Cut with water-jets from a single blade of 7000-series aluminum, this lightweight snowshoe features MSR's signature 360-degree Traction Frame for premium edge-to-edge grip. MSR gave the Lighting Trail its classic and proven DuoFit Binding, delivering essential security on rolling terrain. The freeze-resistant, glove-friendly design lets you get in and out of the snowshoe quickly, giving you more time on the trail and less time messing around with tricky bindings at the trailhead. The Pivot crampon offers plenty of grip for those icy and slippery sections of trail.
- Lightweight snowshoes for backcountry touring and snowshoe hikes
- Single-piece aluminum frame provides low-weight, stable footing
- 360 degree Traction Frame offers good edge-to-edge grip
- Pivot Crampon grips well on slick ice or slippery trails
- DuoFit Binding designed for rolling, uneven terrain
- Ballistic fabric deck is light yet durable
- Item #CAS002A
- Q & A
Lightweight, comfortable, great traction
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Those of you who are familiar with MSR snowshoes know exactly what to expect from the Lightning Trails, while snowshoers new to the brand will be amazed at just where you can go with these. The 360 Degree Traction frame, transverse traction bars, and toe crampons let you climb, descend, and traverse with barely a second thought for your footing, and their light weight means all-day treks are less tiring.
The bindings are comfortable & secure, easy to tighten or loosen while wearing gloves or mittens thanks to the large tabs on the ends of the rubber straps, and the straps won't freeze. The deck is very resistant to punctures from sticks or rocks, and snow doesn't ball up on the toe crampons or traction bars.
It's a joy to strap these on and go for hours, thanks to the light weight. At 3lb 6oz for the 25" model these are very noticeably lighter than my 4lb 9oz 30" Lightning Ascents, especially when I'm wearing my Asolo Fugitive GTX instead of my Sorel Conquests. I got these too late in the season to use them more than twice - unless we get a nice late-season dumping! :D - but next year they're going to be the snowshoes I grab for my almost daily after-work hikes.