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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
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
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 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.
Date published: 2015-12-25
Rated 2 out of
Bad bindingsThe shoes were great except for the bindings. The front strap was barely able to fit over the top of my boots. I tried three different pairs of boots and the binding mangled my little toes with each. I met a man on the trail who volunteered the same information. I've seen the same complaints from different sources too. I wound up trading for Lightening Ascents with a different binding. That binding was was painless. The Ascent binding was worth the extra $30.
Date published: 2016-01-20
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 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 5 out of
Best snowshoes I have ever ownedI was given these as a gift and I use them every day on my walks through the snow filled bush whilst taking photos i had a cheap pair before iI was given these and I can really notice the difference they work so well and keep me from sliding or sinking in the snow 10/10
Date published: 2016-01-25
Rated 5 out of
Shoeshoe for all terrain.Purchased the 30" models last year after stove piping on a rental pair of 25" models and ending up to my neck in snow. They provide enough flotation in deep snow, great traction going up and down steep ice crusted trails and are narrow for easy shoeing on narrow tracks.