MSR Lightning Axis Snowshoes (Pair)

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Key Features

  • SpeedLock binding system with Pivot crampon
  • Axis gait efficiency technology
  • 360-degree traction frame with modular flotation
  • Ergo televator
  • Includes optional instep strap for challenging terrain


Recommended Use: All-Condition Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking
Item Weight: 22 inch: 3 lb 14 oz
25 inch: 4 lb 0 oz
30 inch: 4 lb 8 oz
Type: Snowshoes
Capacity: up to 280 lbs depending on snow conditions
Warranty: Lifetime

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Product Highlights

Offering versatility and an innovative, stride-friendly binding, the MSR Lightning Axis snowshoe delivers all-day-comfort and all-around performance. The revolutionary 360 Degree Traction Frame lends structure, modularity for varying snow conditions and a full perimeter of traction.

Lightweight, durable construction enables the Lightning Axis snowshoe to promote an easy, natural stride. The aluminum frame and urethane decking combine to offer flotation and durability without adding weight or bulk. The underside of the frame has an aggressive, toothed profile that delivers far more traction than traditional snowshoe designs. A stainless steel, pivoting crampon moves freely but is designed to not over rotate, allowing you to maintain a free range of motion without jeopardizing balance.

The user-friendly SpeedLock Binding with Axis Gait Efficiency technology offers unique rotational adjustability that allows you to determine your optimal foot positioning. Regardless of differences between users, Axis Gait Efficiency ensures an easy, natural stride. Once set, the SpeedLock Binding provides easy in-and-out performance and an adjustable design accommodates varying footwear and shoe sizes. A wide toe strap diminishes individual pressure points so your foot remains comfortable throughout its time spent in the binding. A removable instep strap is included to provide an even more secure fit for use in challenging conditions. On steep terrain, the Lightning Axis's Ergo Televator heel lifter can be easily flipped into position with a gloved hand or by the tip of a trekking pole to reduce calf fatigue and better distribute load over the entire frame.

The Lightning Axis snowshoe is available in 22-inch, 25-inch and 30-inch lengths. Assess your weight, including all the gear and clothing you'll be wearing the majority of the time you snowshoe. Also consider the snow conditions you're likely to travel in most often. Deep, untracked powder demands a higher surface area from a snowshoe in order to keep you from sinking too deep for easy travel. Groomed trails, established snowshoe routes or snow with high moisture content tend to make smaller snowshoes a better choice. Selecting the smallest possible snowshoe that matches your needs in most, if not all situations allows you to maximize agility and efficiency.

MSR's suggested weight recommendations are as follows: 90-180 pounds for 22-inch snowshoes, 120-220 pounds for 25-inch snowshoes and 150-280 pounds for 30-inch snowshoes. NOTE: Lightning Axis-30-inch shoes are not recommended for use on firm snow or established trails. The Lightning Axis's modular design enables you to utilize the MSR Lightning Tail 5" (sold separately) when conditions and weight demand greater flotation.

The MSR Lightning Axis snowshoe is sold in pairs.

Styles available: 22 inch, 25 inch, 30 inch

MSR part numbers: 07522, 07521, 07520

Product Reviews

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MSR Lightning Axis Snowshoes (Pair)

Average customer rating:
Number of reviews: 5

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  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: My wife and I are avid hikers throughout the year and tackle a variety of terrain, so in choosing my first pair of snowshoes I wanted something multipurpose. "Multipurpose" in gear usually means you're compromising on something, but I'm not sure what that would be when it comes to these MSR Lightning Axis shoes. My first excursion with them was a 4 mile hike through 18 inches of freshly fallen powder up Big Crow trail in the Adirondacks. We were blazing the trail and I found the shoes to work well. The televators were nice for extended uphill sections. The bindings were easy to set and very secure. The add-on floats let me keep the size smaller for general use.

    Dislikes: There's really not much to dislike. Watch a video or two and the bindings are pretty easy to set, get into, and get out of. I'm 180lbs and got the 25" version, and I did not notice the weight of the shoes at all and had good flotation (compared to larger shoes). I tripped myself up a few times and stepped on my own shoes (or scraped the edges), but I chalk that up to my inexperience (and the binding allow you to change the toe-in or toe-out settings if your gait is an issue). I couldn't get my poles to work the televators and had to bend over to flip them. Fix-it kits are available and affordable making these a sensible long term investment.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: Bought a few of these for the whole family. Easy to adjust and put on even with gloves on. They give nice lift on deep snow.

    Dislikes: Must be careful not to rip Thing with side serrations

  • Jose S. South Setauket NY

    Likes: Just as described. Light and aggressive. Easy to fit on boots first time and from then on. Edge serration great when climbing sideways. Overall well constructed.

    Dislikes: Nothing

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: The lightning axis snowshoes are well made. My husband and I both have a pair and we like the "rotaton" feature. It make our stride more natural. My husband has bad knees and this helps keep him comfortable. They also aren't that much more money than the tube style frames.

    Dislikes: Nothing

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: The bindings are great and very quick -- both getting in and out of the shoe.

    Dislikes: I haven't found any use for the "Televator" heel lift even on longer climbs.

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