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If you seek all-day comfort and ease of use on your off-trail forays, look no further than the women's MSR Lightning Explore snowshoes. They provide easy on/off and heel lifts to reduce fatigue.


Packed with MSR's latest technologies, the Lightning Explore snowshoes represent a giant leap in snowshoeing performance, ease and comfort. First, their new Axis Gait Technology allows you to laterally adjust bindings independently of the frame, ensuring efficient, parallel-tracking snowshoes regardless of your natural toe-out or toe-in stance. Combined with an aggressive and low-profile 360 degree Traction frame, these shoes offer absolute snowshoeing efficiency. In addition, the new HyperLink bindings are their easiest and most comfortable binding yet.

- Mountain Gear

The MSR Women's Lightning Explore Snowshoes Are an aggressive, ultralight shoe with comfortable bindings to get you through long days during on- and off-trail adventures. The toothy 360degrees Traction frame is Slimmed down to accommodate a narrow gait, so you can walk as normal and still get stellar traction through all conditions. The ballistic fabric decking is tough and durable while keeping weight at a minimum. Strap these puppies to your feet with the new HyperLink(TM) bindings, they Cradle your foot like a Momma does her baby (soft and gentle, without any hot spots). The ratchet system cinches the heel and forefoot straps down and the red side buttons adjust and release as necessary. Set the heel strap only once, and you won't have to release it again, unless of course you change your footwear or let someone borrow your trusty Snowshoes. One last thing before I sign off here, Ergo Televators! Flip this handy little bar up with a flick of your trekking pole grip and ease into an uphill climb. Features of the MSR Women's Lightning Explore Snowshoes Reduces calf strain on steep pitches and distributes pressure to enhance traction, Innovative design engages easily with end of pole grip For 2014, MSR update the decking with cutting edge ballistic fabric that increases the Lightning Snowshoes' durability, while maintaining the ultralight Performance that defines this premium shoe Two piece urethane construction locks tightly around boots for MSR's greatest level of security in challenging terrain, and remains flexible to - 20Adeg F Split teeth add durability and distribute force for continuous contact and better traction in rugged terrain Vertical wall of ultralight, aerospace - grade aluminum delivers unrivaled traction and stability 360Adeg, excelling on ascents and traverses Hyperlink Binding System Laterally Adjustable Axis Gait Technology 360Adeg Traction Frame plus Pivot crampons deliver advanced, edge-to-edge grip, delivering unmatched traction and security on any terrain, in any condition Ergo Televators reduce fatigue and increase traction on the steeps, with a new, ergonomic design that engages with a flick of a pole grip Modular Flotation tails (sold separately) allow you the maneuverability of a smaller, primary Snowshoe with the optional, on-demand flotation 5-inch (13-cm) tails

- Moosejaw

Stuffed with state-of-the-art technology, the Women's Lightning(TM) Explore Snowshoes offer ultimate performance and comfort. Easy-entry HyperLink Bindings have a fast two-strap ratchet system and offer all-day efficiency, while new Ergo Televators minimize fatigue and increase traction on steep slopes.. . Low-profile 360-degree Traction(TM) frames and Pivot crampons deliver all-terrain grip. Axis Gait Technology offers the world's first bilateral binding to ensure a parallel stride. HyperLink Bindings have an easy-entry cradle and fast two-strap ratchet system for all-day comfort. Ergo Televators reduce fatigue and increase traction on hills. Proudly made in the USA.


The Women's Lightning Explore Snowshoes from MSR are packed full of fun features to help you out on your next snowshoe adventure. Ballistic nylon on top will hold up to the most rigorous of outings, and the HyperLink bindings provide excellent support. 360-degree traction frames let you find purchase when the ground is anything but level, and the pivot crampons make sure your feet and ankles stay comfortable as well. Additionally, these snowshoe bindings can be adjusted laterally with the Axis Gait technology, independent of the frame, to ensure a good fit and smooth stride. Ergo Televator heel-risers prevent premature leg-fatigue when you're out climbing something steep.

- Backcountry.com