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Product Highlights:

  • 360 degree traction frames
  • Two-piece, independently conforming PosuLock AT
  • Ergo Televators

About MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe (pair)

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe
The MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe is the ideal product for you when you're treading through layers of snow. This product has 360 degree traction frames that deliver unrivaled edge to edge grip. The split teeth of the Torsion2 crampons better distribute the force, meaning that weight is spread fairly evenly. A two-piece, independently conformed PosiLock AT creates a secure, freeze resistant attachment regardless of footwear. The modular flotation tails give you the mobility of a smaller shoe, while providing you with the option of an extra 5 in. flotation so you can move through any level of snow whether deep or not. The Ergo televators increase traction and reduce fatigue on steep slopes with an improved ergonomic design, which can be activated with a single flip of a pole grip. Thanks to the MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe, you can tread through any snowy terrain with confidence.

This product can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe (pair) Features

  • Uphill Efficiency: Ergo Televators reduce fatigue and increase traction on the steeps with an ergonomic design that engages with a simply flick of a pole grip
  • Unrivaled Traction: 360° Traction frames deliver edge-to-edge grip, and split teeth of Torsion2 crampons better distribute forces and offer more continuous contact delivering unmatched traction on any terrain, in any conditions
  • Secure Attachment: Two-piece, independently conforming PosiLock AT bindings create our most secure, freeze-resistant attachment, regardless of footwear
  • It has good traction and compact design
  • All-Condition Adaptability: Add-on Modular Flotation tails allow you the maneuverability of a smaller, primary snowshoe with the added, on-demand flotation of optional, 5-inch (13-cm) tails

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe (pair) Specifications

8 in.
Binding type
PosiTrack AT
Unisex/normal width
Available in the Following Colors:
Matte Black, Yellow
Available in the Following Sizes:
22, 25, 30
Footwear size range
4.5 M - 15 M
Mfr #
MSR Men's Snowshoe Size Chart
  22 in 25 in 30 in
Shoe Size Men's 4.5-15 Men's 4.5-15 Men's 4.5-15
Weight Limit (lbs) 100-180 (250 with tails) 120-220 (280 with tails) 150-280 (300 with tails

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Great for the mountains

By jafa

from New Hampshire

About Me Advanced


  • Attach Securely
  • Compact Design
  • Easy Entry & Exit
  • Good Traction
  • Lightweight


    Best Uses

    • Flat Terrain
    • Icy Conditions
    • Rolling Terrain
    • Steep Pitches

    Comments about MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe (pair):

    The first place I used them was the Belknap Range in NH, I went from Gunstock Mountain parking lot to Mt. Major parking lot. (7 mountains)
    I wore Koflach Arctis Expe Plastic Boots size 11, they stayed secure all day.
    The second time I used the MSR's was on two different mountains in the Belknap range but I wore my Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boots, secure all day too.
    There was a couple sections that allowed me to try out the heel lift and traction, the heel lift is a big plus in the steep terrain and the traction was very good. One section had me wishing I brought my Crampons, though it wasn't steep and icy for long it made me appreciate the traction the MSR's had. I originally wanted these because my Easton Hike snowshoes were to big for the trails in the White Mountains and the traction was not made for steep terrain.

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    Questions about this item:

    T V  A couple guys have complained about the front buckle tine (point) rubbing on the platform. Have you seen this? How bad is it? Does it look like it will eventually cut the platform? Thanks, Tom
    JOHN G  I've only used these 2x while mountain climbing and have not seen thos condition. Like them vary much!
    Dante O  I weigh 165lbs and would like to carry between 15 and 30lbs of gear, what size do you recommend? I'll be mostly using these in Utah and Idaho backcountry - my routes will be moderate - mostly approach shoeing. Thanks - Dante
    DAVID J  If in steeper terrain shorter size better 22' Otherwise use larger size for better flotation in (presumably) lighter Utah snow
    Shopper  Are you an authorized dealer for msr?
    Zack W  Yes. We are authorized dealers for all the item we carry.
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