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Women’s Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

Ultralight and aggressive performance engineered for a narrow gait.

What began as a solution for women has become the top choice of anyone with a narrow gait, or those seeking the lightest possible alternative in this aggressive snowshoe. We engineered our Women’s 360° Traction frames in conjunction with a renowned expert in athletic biomechanics, resulting in a lower-profile frame that saves weight and improves agility with narrow gaits. Paired with our PosiLock AT bindings to create our most secure attachment, new tougher decking, and the easily engaged Ergo Televators, they’ll back you up with every step.

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What began as a solution for women has become the top choice of anyone with a narrow gait, or those seeking the lightest possible alternative in this aggressive snowshoe. We engineered our Women’s 360° Traction frames in conjunction with a renowned expert in athletic biomechanics, resulting in a lower-profile frame that saves weight and improves agility with narrow gaits. Paired with our PosiLock AT bindings to create our most secure attachment, new tougher decking, and the easily engaged Ergo Televators, they’ll back you up with every step.
  • Unrivaled Traction: 360° Traction frames deliver edge-to-edge grip, and split teeth of Torsion2 crampons better distribute forces for more continuous contact—delivering unmatched traction on any terrain, in any conditions.
  • Secure Attachment: Two-piece, independently conforming Women’s PosiLock AT bindings create our most secure, freeze-resistant attachment for smaller footwear.
  • All-Condition Adaptability: 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.
  • Uphill Efficiency: Ergo Televators reduce fatigue and increase traction on the steeps with an ergonomic design that engages with a flick of a pole grip.
  • Low-Profile: Narrow frames are ideal for women, those with a narrow gait, or anyone seeking the lightest snowshoe possible.
Made in the USA of US and Imported Parts
25 IN 22 IN
Color Gunmetal, Mint Gunmetal, Mint
Weight per pair (Standard) 3 lbs 12 oz 3 lbs 9 oz
Weight per pair (Metric) 1.7 kg 1.615 kg
Width (Standard) 7.25 in 7.25 in
Width (Metric) 18 cm 18 cm
Length (Standard) 25 in 22 in
Length (Metric) 64 cm 56 cm
Binding type PosiLock PosiLock
Televator Yes Yes
Gait Women's/narrow Women's/narrow
Footwear size range (Standard) 4.5 W - 14 W 4.5 W - 14 W
Footwear size range (Metric) 35.5 - 48 35.5 - 48
Load (Standard) 120 - 210 lbs Up to 180 lbs
Load (Metric) 54 - 95 kilos Up to 80 kilos
Load w/ tails (Standard) 120 -270 lbs Up to 240 lbs
Load w/ tails (Metric) 54 - 123 kilos Up to 109 kilos
Country of Origin Made in the USA of US and Imported Parts Made in the USA of US and Imported Parts
The primary purposes of a snowshoe are to provide flotation and traction. Since all MSR® snowshoes deliver exceptional traction, your next consideration is flotation, and this is where size comes into play.

Once you’ve decided on a snowshoe, assess your weight, including all the gear and clothing you’ll be wearing the majority of the time you snowshoe. If you only go on a couple of overnights a year, don’t include that 50-pound pack—just your fully clothed weight, plus a daypack and water. Then consider the snow conditions you’re likely to travel in most often—deep, untracked powder, or groomed trails and established snowshoe routes. Are you at a high altitude or very far north where snow generally falls deep and light and a larger snowshoe is in order, or are you at lower elevations or in a coastal range where snow has high moisture content and generally consolidates rapidly, making a smaller snowshoe your best choice?

The idea is to find the smallest possible snowshoe that matches your needs in most–not all–situations so you can maximize your agility and efficiency. Now, with Modular Flotation tails available across all MSR adult snowshoes, we’ve made that easier than ever. Should you find yourself on the cusp between sizes, always go with the smaller one and then simply add tails for added flotation as needed.
Both of these snowshoes offer outstanding traction, aggressive bindings, ergonomic deck shapes, Modular Flotation and excellent durability. However, when it’s all said and done, the all-aluminum Lightning snowshoes offer it all with a bit less weight. You’ll also find that because the 360° Traction frames of the Lightning snowshoes is vertical all the way to the edge, it offers slightly better traction on traverses. And don’t forget that the composite, Unibody decks of our Evo shoes are built from an incredibly tough, injection-molded plastic, giving them a slight advantage in durability in the course of normal use.
Dry your snowshoes after each use. Then store them with bottoms together to keep the sharp under-bits form damaging other gear.
Inadequate traction is horribly inefficient, with every misstep wasting precious energy. That’s why we provide the industry’s best traction, regardless of what shoe you purchase—from kid’s snowshoes, to our most aggressive shoes. The result is a far more enjoyable experience with the increased efficiency of solid, no-slip footing and the confidence to go anywhere.
First and foremost, you should seek out bindings that suit your needs. Do you prioritize comfort or security? The best bindings do both. It’s also important to understand that regardless of what a tag says a binding does, it can’t do it if it’s frozen. Be leery of excessive use of nylon webbing and cordage–both absorb water and can leave your bindings rendered useless when frozen. Look for simplicity (fewer parts and potential for things to break) and light weight, and try them on in the store with the same footwear you’ll use in the field. Unless you have an exceptionally small or large foot, a good binding will be able to adapt to a range of footwear to keep your options open.
All MSR snowshoe components are proudly made in Seattle, USA, and the employees of Cascade Designs build every snowshoe we make. Shoes found in North America and Japan are entirely built in the USA, while those found in Europe have some final assembly done in our Cork, Ireland facility.

What is California Proposition 65?
Proposition 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act passed by voters in the State of California in 1986. The act was created to inform people about possible exposure to chemicals known by the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and/or other reproductive harm.

What are the requirements of Proposition 65?
Proposition 65 requires that the Governor of California maintain and publish a list of harmful chemicals. The list is updated annually and includes chemicals that can be found in solvents, drugs, dyes, food additives, by-products of certain processes, pesticides, and tobacco products.

A chemical is listed if it has been classified as a reproductive toxicant or carcinogen by an "authoritative" organization on the subject. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer are considered authoritative for carcinogens. For reproductive toxicants, the authorities are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and International Agency for Research on Cancer. Chemicals will also be listed if they are required to be labeled or identified as a carcinogen or as a reproductive toxicant by an agency of the state or federal government.

Why has MSR placed a Proposition 65 label on its products?
Any company with 10 or more employees operating or selling products within the State of California must comply with the requirements of Proposition 65. To comply, businesses are: (1) prohibited from knowingly discharging listed chemicals into sources of drinking water; and (2) required to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical.

A Proposition 65 warning means that the business has evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it exceeds the "no significant risk level," or that the business is providing a warning based on the presence of a "listed" chemical without actually evaluating the exposure.

MSR is providing a warning based on our knowledge about the presence of one or more listed chemicals without attempting to evaluate the level of exposure. While using an MSR product, the exposure to a "listed" chemical may be well within the "no significant risk" range, but out of caution, we have placed the Proposition 65 warning labels on our products.

Are consumers who are using an MSR product with a Proposition 65 warning at risk?
The California government states: "The fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe." The government also explained, "You could think of Proposition 65 more as a 'right to know' law than a pure product safety law."

A Proposition 65 warning means that the product contains one or more listed chemicals. By law, a warning is required unless the business proves that the exposure to the chemical poses "no significant risk." The "no significant risk" level for carcinogens is defined as the level which is calculated to result in not more than one excess case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed over a 70-year lifetime. Therefore, if you are exposed to the chemical in question at this level every day for 70 years, theoretically, it will increase your chances of getting cancer by no more than 1 case in 100,000 individuals so exposed.

The "no significant risk" level for reproductive toxicants is defined as the level of exposure which, even if multiplied by 1,000, will not produce birth defects or other reproductive harm. Therefore, the level of exposure is below the "no observable effect level," divided by 1,000. (The "no observable effect level" is the highest dose level which has not been associated with observable reproductive harm in humans or test animals.) For further information about California's Proposition 65, please visit http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/background/p65plain.html

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Woodland Chic
February 16, 2017
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Comfortable snowshoes with a few issues
I wear my Lightning Ascent snowshoes on rolling terrain in snowy, icy or packed conditions. The grip is excellent and I always feel steady. I have narrow hips and now walk straight in my MSR ascent snow shoes, rather than duckfooted, as I walked in my wider old shoes. The Posilock bindings stay fastened on my feet and heel, unilke the cloth straps of my old shoes. The top straps of my MSR Ascent shoes was slipping out of the clips so I inverted the clips, and the issues seems resolved. I was told in the store to tighten the bindings one past my comfort zone, but after using the snowshoes, my feet were going numb. My boots have a softer, more athletic top so I now fasten the bindings at the point of just snug, and my feet are more comfortable. The televators also making my many hill climbs much easier, and they can be raised and lowered with ease. I am disappointed that the paint on the Ascent snowshoes started coming off after only three wears. I expected better quality and more durability from this top of the line snowshoe and brand.
All seasons
February 2, 2017
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Needs more clips on the straps, but otherwise perfect.
The straps have a tendency to flop around and slide out of the clips, but luckily you can buy more clips and add them to the straps which solves the problem. Other than this they are fabulous snowshoes; I have the original version, have used them for years, and they have always performed perfectly in all conditions and with any footwear. My favorite for icy, steep, rocky, and unpredictable conditions such as the NH White Mnts. Other people in our group with different snowshoes were slipping and sliding, but not those of us wearing these! Bombproof, excellent traction, very maneuverable and comfortable to wear all day. Light enough to carry on your pack if you have to.
Stacey
January 30, 2017
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Not sure about the binding
I love everything about these snowshoes except the binding. The tail end of the strap doesn't want to stay in the piece that it's designed to stay in. Even with the end piece lose they haven't come undone, which is great. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?

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