Mar 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm #1300852
Looking for a pair of snow shoes with Televator and aggressive crampons.
StephenMar 24, 2013 at 7:18 pm #1969213
Yeah, free bump for Stephen!Mar 25, 2013 at 3:44 am #1969284
Those 30$ Meijer snow shoes I was using on our trip where utter rubbish.Mar 26, 2013 at 11:08 am #1969742
bumpMar 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm #1969889
Rick MBPL Member
delMar 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm #1969917
Good man Rick, will check those out.Mar 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm #1969932
Jim ColtenBPL Member
Amazon has MSR Lightning Ascent 25's for $135 and 30's for $150 http://amzn.to/YSKhyK
Also Lightning Axis 25's for $120 http://amzn.to/Xb2VaS
Photo shows televators but text description does not mention them
I have not used Axis 12's but my companion on a 3 day Porkies trip a year ago used them and had troubles with the binding straps slipping due to ice accumulation starting day 2 and worsening on day 3. Conditions were day 1 high 20's temp, day 2 temp 20 to high 20's, day 3 temp 10 to mid 20's. Snow depths were possibly similar to what Stephen experienced last weekend, up to 40" and fluffy. Our feet were buried in snow that spilled in on top of the snowshoes on every step (except when we were within a mile or two of park HQ and the trail was well used).Mar 27, 2013 at 7:04 am #1970062
Thanks very much Jim, I just ordered Lighning Ascents
:-)Mar 27, 2013 at 7:06 am #1970064
Good man, Stephen.
So when is the next snowshoeing trip? :)Mar 27, 2013 at 7:07 am #1970066
Next winter by the look of the snow melt down here :-)
I am off on a trip on Fridya night but they will hardly be neededMar 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm #1971232
The Lightning ascents arrived today, a cracking deal for 150$Mar 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm #1971259
How'd your trip go? Any snow?Mar 31, 2013 at 5:36 am #1971294
Trip was fine until I took a face plant on some black ice and got a nice lump on my eye brow, ended up
Wearing micro spikes most of yesterday.
There was still about 8-10 inches of snow in most spots, nothing like last weeks trip.Mar 31, 2013 at 6:07 am #1971297
Rick MBPL Member
delMar 31, 2013 at 8:17 am #1971328
It was Amazon I got them from.Mar 31, 2013 at 8:20 am #1971330
I see them now at 194$Mar 31, 2013 at 10:24 am #1971372
Could you post the Amazon link to the 120$ pair.
StephenMar 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm #1971447
Here ThereBPL Member
Here's the link:
I've been debating picking up a pair of these for a while but at that price I couldn't resist.
-DavidMar 31, 2013 at 2:44 pm #1971453
I had purchased mine from Jims link, I will contact Amazon and see if they will refund me the differnce.
Cheers,Apr 1, 2013 at 11:54 am #1971711
I contacted Amazon and the are going to refund the 30$.
Happy daysApr 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm #1971715
Well done!Apr 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm #1971720
Asa small victory my freind :-)Apr 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm #1971793
Jim ColtenBPL Member
Stephen, you got a real bargain! I'm finding it hard to resist picking those up.
I'm curious about the purchase though. I'm assuming this grew out of the experience you hinted at with low cost shoes on the recent Pictured Rocks outing. I fully understand frustration with inadequate snowshoes. Were you gravitating to the MSRs due to conditions found there or due to anticipated use in steep terrain elsewhere.
If the 'rocks are hilly enough to merit the lightning ascents I think I'd have been in deep do-do with Northern Lights.
JimApr 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm #1971800
They where indeed a great bargain.
The cheapo ones I had with me where fine on flat ground but where not great on steep ascents and descents, the Lighning Ascents are probaly overkill for most routes in Michigan but did not want to have to purchase another pair for going on trips out West and East.
I am sure your Northern Lights would have been fine.
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