I bought a set of the MSR Women’s Lightning Ascent 22s a few days ago, but I haven’t used them yet. I generally do day trips, and any overnight trips this year will likely be one-nighters. With that said, I wonder if it is worth keeping the 22″ and then buying the tails if I find that I need them? I noticed they make tails for them now. Or, would it just be better to go with the 25s?
Another great question, Larissa! (Hiking Lady readers check out Larissa’s first question, Which Snowshoes to Buy?
I haven’t tried the new tails for the Lightning Ascent line. I have the 25 inch pair, and bought them before tails were available 🙂 If you do end up getting the tails you’ll have to let me know how well they work. I’ve used the tails on the Evos and they work fine for me.
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Happy trails! Have fun snowshoeing 🙂
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Great question, Gail! You are so lucky to have such a fun adventure planned! You can strap your snowshoes to your backpack a number of ways. You can strap them on to either side of your backpack. Or you can stack them on top of each other and strap them to the back. Often time backpacks have a “daisy chain” (a series of fabric or nylon loops) that will come in very handy for attaching snowshoes. Simply loop your extra straps through your snowshoes and attach them to the daisy chain. Hope that helps. Have fun!
I live in Colorado (lucky me) and am planning a full moon snowshoeing adventure this winter. This is a guided tour by park rangers who say that it may either be snowshoeing or hiking with crampons/spikes depending on the snow pack. I know I can get extra straps for my pack but how do I actually lash my snowshoes to my pack if I end up using my spikes? Do I try to stack them on top of each other or criss-cross them. . .or what?