Lightning Explore Snowshoes - Men's

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Ultralight performance with easy-on bindings

The Lightning Explore Snowshoes - Men's from MSR represent a giant leap in snowshoeing performance, ease and comfort. It begins with the elite performance of 360° Traction™ frames, featuring advanced, edge-to-edge grip. Next, new HyperLink™ bindings feature a redesigned fast and easy ratchet system and get a comfort boost from EVA foam cushions that cradle the foot. Finally, you get the benefit of Ergo™ Televators for steeper slopes, and add-on Modular Flotation tails—all to provide the versatility you need to enjoy a broad range of snowshoeing experiences.
Entirely manufactured and assembled in Seattle, Washington.

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22 inch: 3 lbs 12 oz. (1.7 kg)
25 inch: 3 lbs 14 oz. (1.77 kg)
30 inch: 4 lbs 8 oz. (2.04 kg)
Heel Lift:
22 inch: 8 in. (20 cm)
25 inch: 8 in. (20 cm)
30 inch: 8 in. (20 cm)LENGTH
22 inch: 56 cm
25 inch: 64 cm
30 inch: 76 cm
Made In:
Other Features:
Binding Type: HyperLink
Televator: Yes
Gait: Unisex/average width

Footwear size range:
(Standard) 7 M - 13 M
(Metric) 40 - 46

22 inch: Up to 180 lbs (Up to 80 kilos)
25 inch: 120 - 220 lbs (54 - 100+ kilos)
30 inch: 150 - 280 lbs (68 - 127+ kilos)

Load With Tails:
22 inch: Up to 250 lbs (Up to 114 kilos)
25 inch: 120 - 280 lbs (54 - 127 kilos)
30 inch: 180 - 300+ lbs (82 - 136+ kilos)

Unrivaled Traction:
360° Traction frames deliver edge-to-edge grip, and new durable steel DTX crampons provide serious bite in challenging conditions'delivering unmatched traction in technical terrain.

HyperLink Binding:
Easy-entry cradle with new EVA foam cushions for all-day comfort and a simplified two-strap ratchet system for even faster entry and exit. Includes macro-adjustment straps for comfort with a wider range of boot sizes.

All-Condition Adaptability:
Add-on Modular Flotation tails allow you the maneuverability of a smaller, primary snowshoe with the added, on-demand flotation of optional, 5-inch (13-cm) tails.

Uphill Efficiency:
Ergo™ Televators reduce fatigue and increase traction on the steeps with an ergonomic design that engages with a flick of a pole grip.

What is the right size snowshoe?
-- The primary purposes of a snowshoe are to provide flotation and traction. Since all MSR® snowshoes deliver exceptional traction, your next consideration is flotation, and this is where size comes into play.

-- Once you've decided on a snowshoe, assess your weight, including all the gear and clothing you'll be wearing the majority of the time you snowshoe. If you only go on a couple of overnights a year, don't include that 50-pound pack'just your fully clothed weight, plus a daypack and water. Then consider the snow conditions you're likely to travel in most often'deep, untracked powder, or groomed trails and established snowshoe routes. Are you at a high altitude or very far north where snow generally falls deep and light and a larger snowshoe is in order, or are you at lower elevations or in a coastal range where snow has high moisture content and generally consolidates rapidly, making a smaller snowshoe your best choice?

-- The idea is to find the smallest possible snowshoe that matches your needs in most-not all-situations so you can maximize your agility and efficiency. Now, with Modular Flotation tails available across all MSR adult snowshoes, we've made that easier than ever. Should you find yourself on the cusp between sizes, always go with the smaller one and then simply add tails for added flotation as needed.

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