User Review: MSR Men's Lightning Axis
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $125
The two strap binding system is great. It allows me all the security/tightness needed. I have several boots that I wear, and all seem to work well. The 25" works extremely fine. I would highly recommend these for any treks.
- The lightness, portability, two-strap system.
- When in cold temps, the straps don't stretch as well as they should.
Securing the straps after lashing and can be challenging with bare hands in freezing temperatures. The added 5" tails are easily attached for needed flotation powder.
Nevertheless, these shoes are solid and lightweight; they are relatively easy to strap on, even in freezing conditions and when using gloves; they fasten securely, even while traversing on slopes; and they have excellent traction, thanks to the integrated crampon and serrated frame.
They worked great in all snow conditions (packed trails to steep and deep powder) and various types of terrain, from flat trails to steeper slopes, even with a heavy pack. I am looking forward to trying them on Mt. Hood.
Overall fantastic, and versatile.