A good pair of modular snowshoes can let you do a lot more in the backcountry. And the MSR Lightning Ascent fits the bill at just $225 in the REI online outlet.
The MSR Lightning Ascent is an ultralight, aggressive, all-terrain snowshoe. That means a pair packs well for longer excursions where weight is a concern. But these snowshoes, available now in men’s and women’s for 25 percent off, also have a tough enough deck for long treks in powder.
MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe Specs
The MSR Lightning Ascent comes with three adjustable rubber straps that will fit any winter shoe, from a basic waterproof hiking boot to a beefy snowboard boot for climbing to secret stashes.
Additionally, this mountaineering snowshoe is purported to climb like a beast on steeps thanks to 360-degree traction on the outer. For power hiking on snow, simply use a pole grip to release the heel lock and you’re good to go, heel free. Plus, for trained athletes planning to tackle deeper powder with heavier packs, MSR sells a separate clip-on flotation “tail” for the Lightning Ascent.
There’s not a whole lot of difference between the men’s and women’s MSR Lightning Ascent aside from a slight size, weight, and color variations. But don’t wait too long on this deal. There are limited sizes available in two color options. This hot savings on MSR snowshoes may melt fast.