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Test series by David Wilkes


Initial Report - Nov 17 2017
Field Report - due Jan 2018
Long Term Report - due Mar 2018

Tester Information

Name: David Wilkes
Age: 52
Location: Yakima Washington USA
Gender: M
Height: 5'11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 200 lb (90.7 kg)


I started backpacking in 1995 when I moved to Washington State. Since then, I have backpacked in all seasons and conditions the Northwest has to offer.  I prefer trips on rugged trails with plenty of elevation gain. While I continuously strive to lighten my load, comfort and safety are most important to me. I have finally managed to get my basic cold weather pack weight, not including consumables, to under 30 lb (14 kg).

Product Information


Mountain Safety Research (MSR) a Cascade Designs, Inc. brand

Year of Manufacture:


Manufacturer’s Website:


Not avaiable


two sizes available 22" and 25" (56 cm & 64 cm)

Listed Weight (pair):

4 lbs 5 oz (1.92 kg) / 4 lbs 9 oz (2.04 kg)

Measured Weigh (pair 25 " / 64 cm size):

4 lbs 10 oz (2.09 kg)

Product pix

Product Description:

The MSR Revo Ascent snowshoes are intended to be durable and versatile for the most rugged and demanding conditions. Among its features are a rugged "ExoTrac" deck, "PosiLock" bindings, televators and DTX crampons and external steel teeth.

Initial Report

February 17 2017

Side viewI have owned a pair of the MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes for a number of years now. I have loved them. They are tough light and provide great traction and flotation. I had only one minor complaint regarding the televators and upon looking at these it appears they have addressed that. I am looking forward to using these and see how well they perform.

MSR snowshoes are available in a number of different combinations using aspects from a couple of product lines. The EVO and REVO line of snowshoes have injection molded plastic decks to make them durable, with the REVO's having an external perimeter of steel teeth for added traction. The ASCENT line use two-piece, independently conforming PosiLock AT bindings and televators. These bindings are secure and freeze resistant, and accommodate a wide range of footwear.

The PosiLock binding utilize 4 rubber straps. 3 across the top of the foot and one around the heel. They have a wide range of adjustability. These are attached to a very aggressive set of crampons, which are attached to the frame of the snowshoes by way of two pivots. The external frame of the snowshoes consist of a steel band with teeth that surround the shoes. The molded deck is riveted to the steel frame and include molded ridges on the underside to provide additional traction. On the rear end of the deck is a steel bar "televator". This bar can be lifted into place under the heel to lift the heel for climbing.
Note in the old version of the Lightning Ascent snowshoes I have, this bar is strait making it difficult to raise into place. This version has a bend which creates a gap between the Televator and the deck of the snowshoes to make deploying them easier.

An initial examination of these suggest they are well constructed and I found no obvious flaws or potential problems. 

  • Secure bindings that accommodate a wide range of footwear
  • Aggressive traction
  • televator bars for improved climbing performance

  • None


Field Report

Due Jan 2018

Long Term Report

Due Mar 2018

This concludes my initial report. I would like to thank the folks at MSR / Cascade Designs and for the opportunity to test this product. I invite you to return in about 2 months for the next installment.


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