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One look at the MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes and it is obvious that these shoes are designed for traction. Instead of adapting the tubular frame design that typifies the snowshoe industry, MSR developed a revolutionary new frame using bar stock aluminum, with crampon teeth cut into the frame. At 3.6 pounds for the pair, the Lightning Ascents are heavier than some other snowshoes, but their performance features may well justify the weight.


  • Introduction
  • What's Good
  • What's Not So Good
  • Specifications: Manufacturer, Year, Model, Dimensions, Surface Area, Frame, Deck, Binding, Crampons, Weight, Load Rating, MSRP
  • Performance
  • What's Unique
  • Recommendations For Improvement

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