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