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  • Dual-component PosiLock AT bindings offer secure attachment; aggressive steel cross-members and Ergo Televator heel lifts back you up with every step
  • 2-piece, independently conforming PosiLock AT bindings create a secure, freeze-resistant attachment, regardless of footwear
  • 360 Traction frames offer edge-to-edge grip; the split teeth of Torsion2 crampons distribute forces for continuous contact—delivering traction on any terrain
  • Add-on modular flotation tails (sold separately) allow you the maneuverability of a smaller, primary snowshoe with the added, on-demand flotation of optional, 5-in. tails
  • Add-on modular tails increase flotation for hikers up to 250 lbs. on 22 in. snowshoes, up to 280 lbs. on 25 in. snowshoes and up to 300 lbs. on 30 in. snowshoes
  • Ergo Televator heel lifts reduce fatigue and increase traction on the steeps with an ergonomic design that engages with a simple flick of a pole grip

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Specs

Best Use
22 in
Snowshoeing
25 in
Snowshoeing
30 in
Snowshoeing
Snowshoe Terrain
22 in
Mountain Terrain
25 in
Mountain Terrain
30 in
Mountain Terrain
Max Recommended Load
22 in
180
25 in
220
30 in
280
Frame Material 7000-series aluminum
Deck Material Urethane-impregnated nylon
Crampon Material Powder-coated steel
Toe Crampon
22 in
Yes
25 in
Yes
30 in
Yes
Heel Crampon
22 in
Yes
25 in
Yes
30 in
Yes
Side Traction
22 in
Yes
25 in
Yes
30 in
Yes
Heel Lift
22 in
Yes
25 in
Yes
30 in
Yes
Dimensions
22 in
22 x 8 x 3
25 in
25 x 8 x 3
30 in
30 x 8 x 3
Weight Per Pair
22 in
3 lbs. 13 oz.
25 in
3 lbs. 15 oz.
30 in
4 lbs. 7 oz.
Gender Unisex
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great snowshoes, but IMHO should be wider. I have used these snowshoes every day for three months over the last three years. I have a crew on snowshoes all winter, and we have tried them all. These are definitely the best. The quality as with all MSR products is excellent, The design especially the binding is also excellent. My only criticism is that they should be wider (or that there should be a wider option available. I weigh about 235, and even with the tails I am sinking (a lot) in deep powder. More width would definitely help larger users like me stay on top, and provide more stability to prevent ankle twisting. A big plus is these are made in the US and are backed by an excellent warranty.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crampons too weak for Adirondack High Peaks I have had these snowshoes for a little more than a year. Followed the "herd" mentality and bought them because they were the most popular snowshoes in the Adirondack High Peaks. Now my crampons are bent and unusable, and MSR's web site says the exchange process could take four to six weeks. Considering the winter hiking season is only thirteen weeks long, I find that amount of time to be unacceptable. Several of my friends have the same problem, and web searches suggest MSR has known about this problem for several years. Seriously thinking about buying a different brand to get me through the rest of the season. Some of my friends already have. Nice snowshoes but I need something more reliable.
Date published: 2016-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Imagine a Better Snowshoe I took an REI class on snowshoeing on Mt. Rainier. The snowshoes provided were the MSR Lightning Ascents. My experience was excellent. Prior to the class, I was going to buy the Revo Ascent. After reading some reviews about the Revos being noisy and heavier, I went with the Lightnings and haven't regretted it at all. My friend rented some snowshoes, and as I was behind him, I noticed his heels not staying centered in the snowshoes. The Lightnings keep your heel right in the center, they are lightweight, they appear to be very durable, and they have amazing traction. There's really no learning curve with them. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. After seeing my great experience with these, my wife is going to get a pair.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Snowshoes but not for the NorthEast. Bought these to do NYS 46ers and the rest of the 4000'+ peaks in the NE. Awesome design weight and use of materials. except for using aluminum for the traction system. The nature of our trails means lots of exposed rocks even in the dead of winter and because of this it really takes its toll on the aluminum teeth. used for maybe 3 peaks and decided to sell them off befor there was nothing left. went back to using the Good ol MSR Denali accents. heavier but more durable, a true 5 star snow shoe..
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight, with all 'cramp on' edges. The straps seem really easy to use. They also look like they will hold up well. The straps are easy to over-tighten, as I did once and felt too tight through my shoe. I use Baffin Snotrek boots which are lightweight as well. The boots have an edge on the back of the heel to hold straps. It does not really matter with the heel strap of the snowshoe. The edge built into the boot is in a different place than the strap. The heel strap and the other straps feel very secure. I wore my REI Mistral pants and LLBea goretex gaiters, however the gaiters were overkill as the snow had no powder to kick up and get on my pant leg. Maybe next time alas. I did not use the elevators under the heels.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They eat snow and ice like no-ones... I own various type of snowshoes from wooden structure to plastic ones, but want I tried this monster a few years ago, I was totally amazed by their ability to stay in position in high angle climb. The teeth of this snowshoe are literally useful in big mountain climb of in frozen snow. They are not so light but they are designed to climb and climb in any surface. The Revo Ascent are more light but I prefer the Lightning because you don't have any torsion in the middle of the frame... So you know that you won't slip because of any torsion of the frame. The investment worth-it.
Date published: 2015-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bombproof These are the most versatile, offer incredible traction, rugged and easy to walk in snow shoes on the market. If you just want to walk in the snow these are overkill. If you want to hike in the backcountry, go straight up icy inclines, break trail and look good doing it. Buy these. I hike with my snowboard on my back every chance I get in the Cascades. I have complete faith in these shoes to get me up to any chute or peak that I want to ride.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommendation of friends My wife and I moved to Colorado the end of August 2014 from Illinois. We jumped right into outdoor activities. When winter came our friends took us snowshoeing, letting use their spares. Although they worked, they also told us when we were ready to buy, they could recommend nothing but the Lightening Ascent from MSR. So as the season winds down we bought men's and women's and could not be happier. We've been through Rocky Mountain National Park, and over the Continental Divide. We can't wait for next winter!
Date published: 2015-03-23
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I've used msr lightening ascent 25' men's model for rather a long time.(7-8 year perhaps) It was broken recently. (the white sheet on which I put my shoes was broken) I'd like to ask you if it's possible to get a pair of replacement of binding assy.

Asked by: y miyake
We suggest contacting the vendor Cascade Designs for replacement parts.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-12

Are these the men's snowshoes? Category lists them in the Women's Snowshoes title, but there is another pair of MSR Lightning Ascent - Women's...

Asked by: Stanley Brack

Are these actually the men's snowshoes? They are listed in the category for women's snowshoes.

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great snowshoes, but IMHO should be wider. I have used these snowshoes every day for three months over the last three years. I have a crew on snowshoes all winter, and we have tried them all. These are definitely the best. The quality as with all MSR products is excellent, The design especially the binding is also excellent. My only criticism is that they should be wider (or that there should be a wider option available. I weigh about 235, and even with the tails I am sinking (a lot) in deep powder. More width would definitely help larger users like me stay on top, and provide more stability to prevent ankle twisting. A big plus is these are made in the US and are backed by an excellent warranty.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crampons too weak for Adirondack High Peaks I have had these snowshoes for a little more than a year. Followed the "herd" mentality and bought them because they were the most popular snowshoes in the Adirondack High Peaks. Now my crampons are bent and unusable, and MSR's web site says the exchange process could take four to six weeks. Considering the winter hiking season is only thirteen weeks long, I find that amount of time to be unacceptable. Several of my friends have the same problem, and web searches suggest MSR has known about this problem for several years. Seriously thinking about buying a different brand to get me through the rest of the season. Some of my friends already have. Nice snowshoes but I need something more reliable.
Date published: 2016-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Imagine a Better Snowshoe I took an REI class on snowshoeing on Mt. Rainier. The snowshoes provided were the MSR Lightning Ascents. My experience was excellent. Prior to the class, I was going to buy the Revo Ascent. After reading some reviews about the Revos being noisy and heavier, I went with the Lightnings and haven't regretted it at all. My friend rented some snowshoes, and as I was behind him, I noticed his heels not staying centered in the snowshoes. The Lightnings keep your heel right in the center, they are lightweight, they appear to be very durable, and they have amazing traction. There's really no learning curve with them. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. After seeing my great experience with these, my wife is going to get a pair.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Snowshoes but not for the NorthEast. Bought these to do NYS 46ers and the rest of the 4000'+ peaks in the NE. Awesome design weight and use of materials. except for using aluminum for the traction system. The nature of our trails means lots of exposed rocks even in the dead of winter and because of this it really takes its toll on the aluminum teeth. used for maybe 3 peaks and decided to sell them off befor there was nothing left. went back to using the Good ol MSR Denali accents. heavier but more durable, a true 5 star snow shoe..
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight, with all 'cramp on' edges. The straps seem really easy to use. They also look like they will hold up well. The straps are easy to over-tighten, as I did once and felt too tight through my shoe. I use Baffin Snotrek boots which are lightweight as well. The boots have an edge on the back of the heel to hold straps. It does not really matter with the heel strap of the snowshoe. The edge built into the boot is in a different place than the strap. The heel strap and the other straps feel very secure. I wore my REI Mistral pants and LLBea goretex gaiters, however the gaiters were overkill as the snow had no powder to kick up and get on my pant leg. Maybe next time alas. I did not use the elevators under the heels.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They eat snow and ice like no-ones... I own various type of snowshoes from wooden structure to plastic ones, but want I tried this monster a few years ago, I was totally amazed by their ability to stay in position in high angle climb. The teeth of this snowshoe are literally useful in big mountain climb of in frozen snow. They are not so light but they are designed to climb and climb in any surface. The Revo Ascent are more light but I prefer the Lightning because you don't have any torsion in the middle of the frame... So you know that you won't slip because of any torsion of the frame. The investment worth-it.
Date published: 2015-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bombproof These are the most versatile, offer incredible traction, rugged and easy to walk in snow shoes on the market. If you just want to walk in the snow these are overkill. If you want to hike in the backcountry, go straight up icy inclines, break trail and look good doing it. Buy these. I hike with my snowboard on my back every chance I get in the Cascades. I have complete faith in these shoes to get me up to any chute or peak that I want to ride.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommendation of friends My wife and I moved to Colorado the end of August 2014 from Illinois. We jumped right into outdoor activities. When winter came our friends took us snowshoeing, letting use their spares. Although they worked, they also told us when we were ready to buy, they could recommend nothing but the Lightening Ascent from MSR. So as the season winds down we bought men's and women's and could not be happier. We've been through Rocky Mountain National Park, and over the Continental Divide. We can't wait for next winter!
Date published: 2015-03-23
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Questions & Answers

I've used msr lightening ascent 25' men's model for rather a long time.(7-8 year perhaps) It was broken recently. (the white sheet on which I put my shoes was broken) I'd like to ask you if it's possible to get a pair of replacement of binding assy.

Asked by: y miyake
We suggest contacting the vendor Cascade Designs for replacement parts.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-12

Are these the men's snowshoes? Category lists them in the Women's Snowshoes title, but there is another pair of MSR Lightning Ascent - Women's...

Asked by: Stanley Brack

Are these actually the men's snowshoes? They are listed in the category for women's snowshoes.

Asked by: Stanley Brack
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