MSR Lighting Ascent 2019 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride
The MSR Lightning Ascent is something is a very well made easy hiker for a snowshoe but this is 100% from a slackcountry focused at best, snowboarders perspective. I dabbled in uphill travel this season (2018/2019) because I wanted better access to easy/safe slackcountry routes before the mountain opened and I wanted to ride my quiver as well as the solid boards I’m sent to review. So getting a split board wasn’t an option. Especially as a gear whore like myself. I came to the conclusion that in most situations this is too much work for people like me. Instead, I found the Drift Boards shortly after reviewing these and they do a massively better job. The Drifts aren’t better than splits in many situations but they are soo much better than snowshoeing it’s not even worth considering these. I still have these for hard snow and days when I might go for a hike with my wife who doesn’t snowboard but 19 out of 20 situations I’m using my Drifts. These are great snowshoe’s and I liked them better than the MSR Lighting Approach for going uphill but after using the Drift Boards, I just don’t want to snowshoe up to ride down.
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