MSR Revo Ascent vs Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

MSR Revo Ascent vs Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

AQ Staff
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This post is about the main differences between the MSR Revo Ascent and Lightning Ascent snowshoes, to help you decide which is the better choice for you.

 

Bindings

What makes this series is the binding and the lift bar in the back. The binding is really designed for extended trips. It’s a really aggressive crampon binding, so it helps you dig in the very aggressive tread on the side frame. This tread provides excellent grip for going uphill and downhill.

The Ascent binding is designed to relieve pressure points on the foot. With other snowshoes, you can get pressure points in your forefoot. The binding found on the MSR Revo Ascent and Lightning Ascent really alleviates pressure in the toe box by spreading it out over this honeycomb pattern on the forefoot part of the binding. The Ascent snowshoe binding is also a very easy binding to put on.

 

Performance 

When you're going up steep hills, the Revo has the lift bar to flatten that angle up for you. The MSR Revo is a really good all around snowshoe. It has an aggressive tread, which makes it a little bit heavier.

When we move on to the MSR Lightning Ascent, the weight gets a lot lighter. These are ideal for longer duration snowshoes, or if you want to do multi days. This one saves a lot of weight in your feet. If you want to go faster, this snowshoe does it.

They come in a variety of sizes. Men's usually from about 25 inch to about 30 inch, and then you can add tails onto them to increase the volume with the MSR Lightning Ascent.

 

Construction

That nice honeycomb shape for the foot binding really spreads out the pressure points. This prevents your feet from getting all mangled when you're on the trail. 

The aggressive toe treads are carbide steel, which is really strong. Many other snowshoes on the market are using aluminum, which bends. Having used the MSR Ascent bindings personally, I do not slip when I'm going up and downhill. They also have a lift bar, so going uphill you can rest your heel on the bar, which reduces stress and strain on the foot.

 

MSR Revo Ascent vs Lightning Ascent Summary

In summary, the MSR Revo Ascent is a little bit cheaper, but a little bit heavier. When we look at the MSR  Lightning Ascent, it’s a little more expensive, but a heck of a lot lighter and quieter to walk on. Both are really good snowshoes, there’s just a little bit of weight savings to consider.

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