The full rotation Posilock AT bindings allow for an unrestricted range of motion and precision of footwork. Additional features such as the Televator heel lifts and the light weight add versatility to these technically featured snowshoes. The closest comparison is to the Atlas Aspect. These are remarkably similar snowshoes, except for one significant detail. They both are metal frames with fabric decking. They are similar in size, with similar traction features, binding, and similar weight. The primary difference is in the attachment of binding to deck. The Ascent does this with a hinge, while the Atlas does it with flexible straps. In the most serious of terrain, we prefer the hinged arrangement, so the Lightning Ascent gets the overall greater score.
The Women's Lightning Ascent is also the Editors' Choice winner in our Women's Snowshoe Review.