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The MSR Lightning Explore Snowshoes are a lightweight and comfortable snowshoe that don't skimp on technological advances. The Lightning Explore starts with 360° Traction frames, with aggressive teeth for stellar grip on all types of terrain. The super durable ballistic fabric creates a solid decking for you to float upon snowfields that won't back down, even with trek after trek of abuse. The combination of an aluminum framing and ballistic fabric creates a lightweight package that allows you to move with efficient speed. Further enhancing your speed is Axis Gait Technology, which uses the bilateral binding adjustments to neutralize your natural foot position allowing for a more parallel stride. Your footwear of choice is solidly strapped in via the new HyperLink binding, which cradles your foot and straps it in with a two-strap ratchet system. Super comfy for a long day out in the snow, just pop the Ergo Televators for calf-friendly uphill battles.
FEATURES of the MSR Lightning Explore Snowshoes
Reduces calf strain on steep pitches and distributes pressure to enhance traction, Innovative design engages easily with end of pole grip
For 2014, MSR update the decking with cutting edge ballistic fabric that increases the Lightning snowshoes' durability, while maintaining the ultralight performance that defines this premium shoe
Two piece urethane construction locks tightly around boots for MSR's greatest level of security in challenging terrain, and remains flexible to - 20° F
Split teeth add durability and distribute force for continuous contact and better traction in rugged terrain
Vertical wall of ultralight, aerospace - grade aluminum delivers unrivaled traction and stability 360°, excelling on ascents and traverses
Rated 5 out of
My new favorite snowshoesBought these as soon as they came out because I saw a prototype at the Banff Mt. Film Festival last year and have coveted them ever since. I LOVE them! Had a pair of Lightning Ascents before, but hated the 3-strap bindings--hard to get on and off, didn't stay on. The ratchets are perfect. They never come off in use--but are easy to put on and take off when I want to. Only problem I had was during wet borderline freezing conditions, one ratchet buckle froze up--but easy enough to wiggle around and get it working again. These have become my go-to snowshoes--and I have many pairs of other styles.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of
Amazing!I finally got to use these this past weekend on our annual winter camping trip. We went to Mt. Peary in Brownfield, ME. There was about 4 inches of powder with about 3 inches of packed snow from all the snowmobiles the week before, the accent was slippery so I pulled these out and had zero issues with the climb. The grip they provide is amazing, also when we went up to the peak I tried out the heal risers and again I was amazed how awesome they work. I was afraid I would break them at first, as I am 6ft 280lbs, But they supported me no problem. Amazing product. I did have to buy the bigger straps though. My size 13 timberlands did not fit in the original straps
Date published: 2016-01-27
Rated 5 out of
The perfect snowshoe for my imperfect Knee.* Review based on 2013 Lightning Axis 25 which is similar except bindings have changed so Im not commenting on bindings (I had no problems with mine which are a 3 strap more like the Trail series now, it just took a few goes to get the right set up and then it was quick and easy.) Focus of review is based on Axis Gait, Televators, and add on tails which seem unchanged in principle.
MSR products have been with me for over 20 years now and have never let me down, so it was no big surprise that when I was looking into a new set of shoes that MSR was the place to begin. I looked at several sets of shoes (MSR and several others) that would allow me the most versatility. I dont live in heavy snow so I needed and could afford only one set that could go with me wherever I wandered off to. The lightning AXIS 25 (from 2013) offered me the best option that I could find.
For me, the pivoting crampon (Axis Gait) and the add on float tails were a HUGE reason for choosing MSR. After several knee surgeries, my feet no longer point in one direction. One goes inward, the other more straight out depending on the day. This left me clanking along in other snowshoes as the tips often landed one on top of the other like a beginning skier. Now I can simply pull a pin, and add compensation (outwards or inwards) on each foot putting me in complete control of the snowshoe rather than it controlling me.
If Im out for just a day trip, I can leave the float tails behind. When I load on all that extra gear (and weight) for a couple off days out in the backcountry, I add on the tails to let me float along without having to wish I could afford two different sizes of snowshoes. Again, I point out I can only have one set of snowshoes, so in a perfect world maybe two sets are better for you, but for me this was like a gift from the gear gods!
The televators helped immensely while heading up Mt Rainier out of Paradise. The elevated angle helps the crampon bite into the mountainside without the extra strain on the lower legs and knees, again helping me get more mileage from an already straining knee. The overall traction has been impressive and adjusted well in the Eastern snow where you may have a soft deep snow on bottom covered by ice from an overnight rain.
I feel confident in each step and I know MSRs quality after decades of service from my other MSR products.
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 4 out of
Great Floatation, Easy To Don, Wonky Axis AdjustLove the floatation in the forest off trail. Great grip. Caveat, the axis adjustment on right snowshoe always flips out descending in deep snow. Torque on the latch/pin is too much for it to hold securely and toe of foot/binding pivots outwards right off axis. Annoying.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 5 out of
Scott H from
A really great set of snowshoesPerformed perfectly in sub-zero temps in the ADKs. Handled the steep ups and downs with no slipping at all. Deep soft snow, packed trail, and solid ice on hard inclines. I really liked how easy they are to get adjusted to my boots and my gait. Plastic stayed pliable at -15F which made getting ready to head out from camp in the morning really easy. Well done MSR.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 2 out of
HyperLink works great, Axis Gait is awfulI ordered this in January, and have tried them out a couple times since then. The 1st couple times went smoothly, but were mostly on trails, powder, and had no sidehill portions. I really like the HyperLink binding and the Ergo Televators; both of those features work wonderfully.
The Axis Gait Tech lateral binding adjusters do NOT work well. I went out today on a hike and hit some sidehill for the first time on these snowshoes, dialed in the lateral adjustment, and was on my merry way. 10 minutes later, the binding was rotating around the Axis adjuster, from one extreme to the other. I pulled on the tab to adjust it back to center, and the pull cord broke. I pulled out my pliers, and got it adjusted only to have the same problem happen a few steps later.
I ended up cutting my hike short because both snowshoes started rotating around that Axis point freely, causing my weight to shift unreliably.
Aside from the Axis Gait tech, these snowshoes are great. That feature needs more refinement and does not perform efficiently or reliably at all. I would steer clear of any of the snowshoes with that function.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 4 out of
Grip you can trust going up & down mountainsBought for a trip to the French Pyrenees in March 2016 after getting up to altitude on a previous trip (our first ever winter conditions walking) where we really should have used snowshoes or possibly even ice axes and crampons at times. Seeing others not getting very good grip (wearing other snowshoes) especially on descents made me choose the lightnings which have superb grip made even better with the crampon and the quick ratchet bindings made removal and refitting not a chore when in patchy snow conditions.
The heel lift is only really required on the steepest terrain but is then a welcome relief.
We're not experienced mountaineers but we are seasoned climbers and do push our selves and our kit to the limits occasionally and despite a lack of previous snowshoe experience I did a lot of research and feel I made a logical choice. We managed just shy of 2000m on our second ever trip and will definitely be relying on these snowshoes again .
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 1 out of
BindingsThese snowshoes are over the top Amazing I have the ascent lighting with bindings that are three straps on top and one for the heal. Incredible
Usually do about 30,000 to 35000 feet elevation gain in the Canadian Rockies Huge fan. I however bought these for my wife and on our first level hike the red bindings on one shoe broke on both straps. It was -13c so not too cold. Disappointed in the quality of the red plastic components . Therefore have to rate them low.