One person thought that the MSR Lightening Ascents didn't have enough
flotation. They come in different lengths (22", 25" and 30"). I doubt
that anyone would want snowshoes greater than 30".
My first pair of snowshoes were 30" long and I found them too long
for Sierra conditions (we tend not to have powder that lasts very
long due to warmer temps than in CO and elsewhere). I used my 25"
Ascents during the peak of the recent storms on a lake. There was at
least 3 feet of powder on the lake and nearly all of it was very
light due to the cold temperatures. In those conditions, with a light
pack, I sank in less than 12 inches (I weigh 160 lbs).
Yes, with a heavy pack it would have been deeper, but I would not
purchase snowshoes for the extreme conditions. In all liklihood if
the conditions are like they were on my lake trip you would not be
doing much steep climbing because of the avalanche conditions and the
slow going even with 30" snowshoes would limit where you would go.
Bottom line, don't purchase too long of snowshoes. If you really want
versatility, the MSR Evo Ascents are 22" and you can add an
additional 6" extension (more $$$).
Regardless of the length, I agree with the person that said ease of
the binding is important. I am impressed with the MSR system, though
I have some ideas on improvements ... (1) shorten the straps so you
don't have the long end that tends to be caught when going through
powder snow and (2) turn over the "strap clips" so the strap end
enters from below because it will reduce the times that they come
loose and flap (I haven't tried this yet).
--- In CMG@yahoogroups.com
, Isabelle Peyrichoux
> Thanks Michael for your email. I actually ended up getting the
Women Lightning Ascent. They were on sales at REI (30%) and I
couldn't resist! :-)
> I hope I'll get 35 years out of them too!! They have a lifetime
warranty if anything happens before then...
> BTW: if anybody is looking for snowshoes, some REI stores might
still have some pairs on sale (30%). By calling the 1-800 number, you
can know which store has what.
> From: michael Palmer <mp5of8@...>
> To: CMG@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 8:30:33 AM
> Subject: CMG: Re:what do you think of MSR - Lightning Ascent
> I retired my my 1974 vintage, 46", rawhide and ash, Vermont Tubbs
this year after negotiating a couple of miles of crusty downhill (not
enough grip). In my research the Lightning Ascents are the best for
all terrain. You won't be able to scoot in them because of the
teeth, so for open terrain or frozen lakes they will be slower than
smoother designs. In all they are light and well designed. See if
you can get 35 years out of them too. --mike