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Lightning Ascent Help
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Greg Foster
(thefost) - MLife
Lightning Ascent Help on 02/04/2010 00:01:46 MST Print View

Buying some lightning ascents and was hoping someone could hep with sizing. I'm planning on buying two models, a womens lightning ascent for my 130 lb gf and a mens model for a 140 lb me (without packs). According to MSR's chart, this puts us squarely in the 22" packed snow size, and 25" deeper snow size. After reading tons of posts and reviews all over the web, I still dont know which to choose. I've never been snowshoeing, so I dont know which way to go.

For general sierra snowshoeing, which size do you recommend?

Edited by thefost on 02/04/2010 00:06:23 MST.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Lightning Ascent Help on 02/04/2010 13:04:22 MST Print View

Hi Greg,

For typical Sierra cement, er, snow the 22s should be fine. That's the size I own and I'm 175 lbs. The lighter weight and greater manuverability are worth the occasional postholing in deep fresh snow.

If in doubt try renting before buying. Even if you rent a different brand you should be able to get a reasonable comparison of the flotation afforded by a similar length shoe. The MSR binding attachment is pretty different from the more typical spring attachment, though.



Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Sierra Cement? on 02/04/2010 14:35:23 MST Print View

I'm still waiting for the cement to cure in the sierra. Been up three time so far this year and wish I had larger shoes than my 22" Denali evo ascents with the 6" tails. I personally would go longer but my results may not be typical.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
30" Lightnings on 02/04/2010 16:06:57 MST Print View

I own 30" Lightning Ascents B/C, as a backcountry skier, I know that snowshoes do not give the flotatioin of skis. And 30" 'shoes are not enough longer that they will cause any manuverability problems.

With snowshoes always go longer. :)

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
California Snowshoes on 02/04/2010 16:18:01 MST Print View

I've just started playing in Southern California snow. It turns out even after our 40 year storm a couple weeks back, the snow really sets up fast. I left the snowshoes in the car and used crampons at Mt. Baldy last weekend.

Contrast that to the Sierra where I grew up playing in the snow. I've broken trail with 36" snowshoes where I could barely lift my knee high enough for the next step. I sort of agree that you might need more than one pair of 'shoes for all-winter use in the Sierra.

Back to MSR- has anyone looked at all the various models? I'm curious whether the hinge pin and binding are similar strength on the full line? If so, for highly consolidated Sierra or So-Cal snow it might be fun to try the MSR Shift. It's aimed at kids from 75 to 125 pounds and measures 7"x19.5". They claim it will fit up to Men's 8 boots, which might mean larger trail runners with some trimming of the front deck. Weight is advertised at 2 lb, 7 oz. per pair.

I just bought a pair for my 7 year old. They look great- I'll have a report after we spend this weekend in Sequoia.