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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award  Best Buy Award 
Price $109.99 at Amazon
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Pros Lightweight, springy, easy to use bindings, appropriate for runningStellar traction, heel lifts for steep terrain, easy to use, add-on flotation tail compatibleAffordable, great flotation, comfortable bindings, organic StrideGood traction and flotation, excellent binding system, heel liftAffordable, stellar traction, easy to use, versatile bindings
Cons Does not float or shed snow well, awkward to walk in, minimal traction on steep terrainExpensive, front of binding difficult to navigate with thick gloves on, side and back stepping are laboriousLacking in traction, awkward for big bootsA bit heavy, tail flips up a lot of snow, toe shape feels a little wideLoud on packed snow, duck waddle for those with a narrower gait, straps do not stay in place
Bottom Line What this unique foam snowshoe lacks in float and traction it sure made up for in the fun department!If superior traction and versatility out in the steep and variable backcountry terrain is what you're looking for, the Lightning Ascent delivers in spadesBetween the floatation, comfort, and ability to walk naturally, this beginner snowshoe is sure to check most of your boxesThe Montane is an easy to use snowshoe that offers great features for mountainous and technical terrainGreat traction and versatile bindings mean you will have no problem heading into a wide spectrum of snow types and terrain levels with the Evo
Rating Categories Crescent Moon EVA Foam Lightning Ascent Atlas Elektra Rendezvous Atlas Elektra Montane MSR Evo Trail Snowshoes
Flotation (30%)
6
8
8
8
8
Traction (25%)
5
9
8
8
8
Stride Ergonomics (15%)
6
9
9
8
7
Ease Of Use (15%)
9
8
8
9
7
Bindings (15%)
5
9
9
9
8
Specs Crescent Moon EVA... Lightning Ascent Atlas Elektra... Atlas Elektra... MSR Evo Trail...
Uses Flat terrain and trail running All terrain Variable rolling terrain All terrain Flat and variable rolling terrain
Optimum weight loads (per size) Up to 200 lbs 120-210 lbs 120-200 lbs 120-200+ lbs Without tails: 180 lbs, With tails: 250 lbs
Weight (per pair) 3.2 lbs 3.8 lbs 3.3 lbs 4.4 lbs 3.5 lbs without tails
4.4 lbs with
Binding mount Static Full Fixed Fixed Full
Binding system Velcro hook and loop binding Paragon Binding Strapp binding offers Wrapp binding function Wrapp Swift binding DuoFit
Crampon Ice spikes DTX Crampon Twin-trac toe crampon All-trac toe crampon Steel traction rails and brake bars
Frame material Dual Density EVA Foam Aluminum Aluminum V-Frame Aluminum V-frame Martensitic steel
Deck material Dual Density EVA foam Nylon Nytex decking Nytex decking Polypropylene
Surface area (for tested size) 160 in² 180 in² 176sqin 176 in² 174 in² without tails, 220 in² with
Dimensions 24" x 8" x 2" 7.25 x 25" 6.3 x 27" 8.5 x 27" 8 x 22"
Flotation tails sold separately? No Yes, 5" No No Yes, 6"
Load with tails (per size) N/A Up to 270 lbs N/A N/A Up to 250 lbs
Men's and Women's versions? Unisex Yes Yes No, women's specific Unisex
Sizes Available 24" 22", 25" 23" and 27" 23" and 27" 22"
Size Tested 24" 25" 27" 27" 22" plus 6" add-on tails
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