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After doing rentals for the last 3 years and trying different kinds of snowshoes, my wife and I purchased some MSR's last weekend. I got the 25" Lightning with the Ascent bar, she got the EVO with the Ascent bar.. There was an event in RMNP and the MSR line was demo'd we got the demo's later at the mountain shop.. "go there, they are nice folks".. anyway.
My Lightning shoes had, the new binding system. big front strap, regular pull strap middle and back strap.. they have the adjustable toe piece for pigeon/duck .. i am slightly duck, and thought they would work.
Do NOT buy the MSR with the new bindings, the middle strap has what i will call a D ring that you hook on like normal MSR's. however the D ring detaches from the shoe and it's gloves off to get it back on.. and if you lose the little button to button the strap on.. it slides off the strap.. not good.
The swivel toe, would not lock into place, it iced up and YES i did set it before i went on the hill.. the pull strap for the pin tore loose and i had to use pliers to reset the pin in the proper hole.. the whole binding system is way overengineered.. the old "bombproof" 3 pull strap design up front and the 1 pull strap design for the heel.. is the way to go... the shoe itself is wonderful, the binding.. no way no how.. its dangerous, one should not have to glove off, in cold weather to fix your shoes.. two weekends.. thank God it was only 32 on Sat. no wind..