Application - Lightening Snowshoes
- I verify that I am a yankee. (Coy, don't hold that against me, at least I
use a Mac)
I would VERY much like to test these snowshoes. Leesa
Application to test
MSR Lightning Snowshoes
November 1, 2005
I would appreciate the opportunity to test the MSR Lightning Snowshoes. My
tester agreement has been accepted and I have read the most current version
of the Survival Guide (8/05) and agree to follow the guidelines. I agree to
test the snowshoes for the required amount of time, at the very least.
44 years old
5'7" (1.7 M)
160 lb. (73 kg)
Size required: Woman's 25"
My camping, hiking and backpacking experience has included trips varying in
length from one day hikes to two-week trips. My experience hiking began with
my father when I was about six years old. We hiked along the river pathways
in northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. While enjoying the outdoors
with my Girl Scout troop, friends and family, I spend time hiking,
geocaching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and camping. Although I am not
a lightweight backpacker, I am trying to 'lighten up' and primarily use a
hammock for sleeping. I spend almost as much time outdoors during the winter
as I do during the summer.
Test Locations, Conditions and Time Frame:
Living in Northern New England, I have the good fortune of being able to
experience at least 4 seasons (sometimes within days of each other!) and
some of the best outdoor areas. During the winter, we can count on snow, and
more snow. Last years total was approximately 135 inches ( 343 cm) of snow.
Our temperatures range from the current average of 50 degrees F (10 C) down
to about -25 degrees F (-32 C) at the coldest point of the winter. Wind
conditions vary while snowshoeing - while shoeing on paths throught the
woods, the trees provide some amount of wind break. While shoeing on frozen
lakes, the wind can be pretty brutal.
During the winter, I try to get outside on my snowshoes at least three days
after work. I am fortunate to have a 5000 acre wildlife management area
right behind my property. This gives me quick access to some great trails,
and enough time to get in a few miles before dark. On the weekends, I tend
to head farther from home, either with friends or my kids. We either go to
Vermont for the weekend, or across the state line, into New Hampshire. I
have three kids, all who are into ice fishing. While they fish, I put on my
snow shoes and take off for a while. After January first, there is an ice
fishing derby at least twice a month, that they participate in. This will
give me plenty of time on the shoes to report thoroughly on their use.
Last season I used Tubbs Pinnacle snowshoes, and used some wooden snowshoes
also. I enjoyed the light weight benefits of the Tubbs, although I probably
burned more calories with the wooden ones!
I would plan on testing the Lightening snowshoes as soon as we have snow
(typically by the end of November) and throughout the test period. My
snowshoe 'style' is mostly a slow and steady pace, covering mostly rolling
type hills, or flat surfaces. Our weather conditions provide for some deep
snow, some packed snow and some icy conditions. I have encountered all three
on one trip many times.
Points I will consider while testing:
~ How does the 'lighter and narrower' engineering impact the fit and comfort
of the snowshoes?
~ How much traction does the 360 degree grip provide? Does it hinder foot
~ Is structural integrity compromised to save weight? How do the shoes hold
up to normal wear and tear?
~ How easily can the shoe be put on and taken off? How easily (and how much)
can they be adjusted?
~ Do freezing temperatures effect the materials, especially the bindings?
~ How well do the shoes 'float' in deep snow? This, along with traction are
two of my biggest concerns.
~ What do my feet and legs feel like after a day on the shoes? Do they
reduce fatigue, or increase it?
I am curious as to wether the manufacturers claims are accurate, and how the
shoes perform in different snow and weather conditions.
I will be able to thoroughly test the Lightening snowshoes during the test
period, in appropriate conditions. I enjoy snowshoeing, and would look
forward to testing these.
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This land is your land, this land is my land...
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- Working my way through 250 emails this morning, I do wish that it might
have been taken over to some other list by now... Like Kampfire.
Leesa J wrote:
>Maybe it would be better to discuss politics or religion? Less controversy?[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>On 11/2/05, Mike Lipay <hiking@...> wrote:
>> On Nov 2, 2005, at 5:10 PM, Chief Moderator wrote:
>>>Yup. 80 Bazillion users must be wrong. Not like the 156 people using
>>>If Mac didn't have Bill to blame all their many short comings on
>>>to invent him...... =o)
>>By that logic:
>>VHS is better than Beta
>>Ford is better than Audi
>>IBM is better than Univac
>>People buy cheaper, not better. If they bought better then Japan
>>would still be a struggling nation, the US would be in control of the