Lightning™ Ascent Snowshoes
Lightning Ascent snowshoes represent the pinnacle of ultralight and aggressive all-terrain performance, and now feature our advanced Paragon™ binding. Designed to wrap securely around your boot without pressure points, the binding’s mesh strap ensures maximum foot control with truly uncompromised comfort. In technical terrain, the snowshoes’ 360 Traction™ Frames provide unrivaled grip—especially on traverses. Ballistic-grade decking offers long-lasting durability, and Ergo Televator heel lifts back you up when climbing the steeps.
- Unrivaled Traction: 360° Traction frames deliver edge-to-edge grip, and durable steel DTX crampons provide serious bite in challenging conditions—delivering unmatched traction in technical terrain.
- Paragon™ Binding: Comfortable, freeze-resistant mesh strap wraps securely around a wide range of boots for ultimate security, while toe stops offer fast, precise foot alignment.
- 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.
- 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.
|22 IN||25 IN||30 IN|
|SKU||13076, 13079||13077, 13080||13078, 13081|
|Color||Cobalt Blue, Black||Cobalt Blue, Black||Cobalt Blue, Black|
|Weight per pair (Standard)||4 lbs 3 oz||4 lbs 5 oz||4 lbs 15 oz|
|Weight per pair (Metric)||1.87 kg||1.95 kg||2.22 kg|
|Weight (Standard)||4 lbs 3 oz||4 lbs 5 oz||4 lbs 15 oz|
|Weight (Metric)||1.87 kg||1.95 kg||2.22 kg|
|Width (Standard)||8 in||8 in||8 in|
|Width (Metric)||20 cm||20 cm||20 cm|
|Length (Standard)||22 in||25 in||30 in|
|Length (Metric)||56 cm||64 cm||76 cm|
|Gait||Unisex/average width||Unisex/average width||Unisex/average width|
|Footwear size range (Standard)||6M - 14M||6M - 14M||6M - 14M|
|Footwear size range (Metric)||39-48||39-48||39-48|
|Load (Standard)||Up to 180 lbs||120 - 220 lbs||150 - 280 lbs|
|Load (Metric)||Up to 80 kilos||54 - 100+ kilos||68 - 127+ kilos|
|Load w/ tails (Standard)||Up to 250 lbs||Up to 280 lbs||180 - 300+ lbs|
|Load w/ tails (Metric)||Up to 114 kilos||Up to 127 kilos||82 - 136+ kilos|
|Frame material(s)||7075-T6 Aluminum||7075-T6 Aluminum||7075-T6 Aluminum|
|Deck material(s)||TPU coated Nylon||TPU coated Nylon||TPU coated Nylon|
|Country of Origin||Made in the USA of US and Imported Parts||Made in the USA of US and Imported Parts||Made in the USA of US and Imported Parts|
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.
Each of these snowshoes offers outstanding traction, aggressive bindings, ergonomic deck shapes, Modular Flotation and excellent durability. However, when it’s all said and done, the plastic-deck Evo and Revo snowshoes are a bit more durable while the all-aluminum Lightning snowshoes offer our absolute greatest level of traction. You’ll find that because the Lightning’s 360° Traction™ Frame features a vertical wall of teeth all along the perimeter plus two crossmembers underneath, it offers slightly better traction on traverses. The decks of our Evo and Revo shoes are built from an incredibly tough, injection-molded plastic, giving them a slight advantage in durability in the course of normal use. These plastic decks also allow for greater flex underfoot while hiking. In contrast, the Lightning snowshoes offer a stiffer feel, and are quieter as you hike through harder-packed snow.
Learn more about their differences here!
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.Tips for Choosing Your Snowshoe Binding & Perfecting Its Fit
The employees of MSR proudly build every snowshoe we make. Snowshoes sold in North America and Japan are built in our factory in the US, while those sold in Europe have some final assembly done in our Cork, Ireland facility.
We Believe in What We Build
We know that in the backcountry, reliable gear is critical. That’s why MSR gear has always been engineered to the highest quality standards and rigorously tested before it reaches you.
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If your MSR gear is in need of repair, our technicians will work to find you a solution as quickly as possible. A majority of the time, MSR products can be repaired.
If you are experiencing an issue that you feel falls under the MSR Limited Warranty, we’re here to help with that too. Please contact our team to get started.