MSR Lightning Axis Women's 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 8 oz
25 inch: 3 lb 12 oz
Type: Snowshoes
Capacity: up to 210 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 Women's 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 Women's 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 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 Women's snowshoe is available in 22-inch and 25-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 and 120-210 pounds for 25-inch snowshoes. The modular design of the Lightning Axis Women's snowshoe enables you to utilize the MSR Lightning Tail 5" (sold separately) when conditions and weight demand greater flotation.

The MSR Lightning Axis Women's snowshoe is sold in pairs.

Sizes available: 22 inch, 25 inch

MSR part numbers: 07524, 07523

Product Reviews

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MSR Lightning Axis Women's Snowshoes (Pair)

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  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: I got these as a present for my wife and she really liked them. She's a lightweight so I went with the smallest 22" version to keep it light and maneuverable, knowing that if we need extra flotation the add-on floats are available. First torture test was on 18" of fresh powder and she had as much flotation as everyone else (including some giant 30"+ 20 year old shoes of someone in our group). She loved the televators for uphill ascent. Didn't hear any complaints about the size or weight, so that's a plus.

    Dislikes: The bindings were a bit tricky for her to adjust at first. Watch a couple video reviews and it's then obvious how to set the main binding. The middle strap is more difficult to secure so she removed it, but didn't have trouble running just the toe and rear strap.

  • John A. Meridian ID

    Likes: ~Great traction especially for steep slopes -- you can walk sideways on a steep slope without losing your grip (not possible with most other snowshoes).

    ~Binding system has a hinge that allows free movement without flipping snow up your back.

    ~Good durability... had to hike over some rocks and they seem like they will hold up for a long time to come.

    Dislikes: ~The price could come down a bit in my opinion but if you want the best snowshoes available for the deep backcountry then you'll have to pay for it.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: My wife has been using these for about a month. She agrees that the bindings are great and very quick -- both getting in and out of the shoe.

    Dislikes: Securing the straps seems challenging for my wife -- I think it's a hand strength issue.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: light weight, flexiable

    Dislikes: difficult to adjust for the 1st time

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