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MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by Eli Watson » Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:02 am

It's dividend + member sale season and I'm looking to upgrade my slow-shoes. I know this may have been covered before but "MSR" and "Evo" are both some of those words that get ignored in the text search for the forum. MSR Lightnings in stock is a rare sight for this winter, but I'm between them and a pair of Evos. If it helps, I'm probably around 210-220 lbs with my winter pack at the heaviest.

Thoughts? What's the biggest difference in performance between the two models? I know the Evo is heavier but more durable. Are they prohibitively heavy for hill walking?
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by brichardsson » Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:07 am

Eli Watson wrote:
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:02 am
It's dividend + member sale season and I'm looking to upgrade my slow-shoes. I know this may have been covered before but "MSR" and "Evo" are both some of those words that get ignored in the text search for the forum. MSR Lightnings in stock is a rare sight for this winter, but I'm between them and a pair of Evos. If it helps, I'm probably around 200-210 lbs with my winter pack at the heaviest.

Thoughts? What's the biggest difference in performance between the two models?
i can't compare them to Evos, but i have and use the lightnings pretty regularly, and i'm about your weight when i've got the winter pack on. for me it's a good blend of weight and performance. only negative is that i maybe should have got the tails. i've been in a couple REALLY soft snows where the extra little bit would have been helpful although not necessary.
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by CaptCO » Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:13 am

Eli, please get the Lightning’s. I’m a small dude at 5’9-5’10 and 130-135lbs and the 22” kick ass for me.
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by CaptainSuburbia » Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:17 am

I'm pretty sure you need to get Revo or lightning if you want heel lifts. They'll also have better crampons too.
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by Cereal » Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:58 am

Another vote here for the Lightning Ascents. I am CHEAP, but paying more for these was very worth it. The traction on the outer metal rim of the shoes is fantastic, and has held up quite well (over the past three years).
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by Eli Watson » Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:03 am

Thanks all. I actually found a pair of 25" Lightnings surprisingly in stock at the website-that-shall-not-be-named. Hopefully they actually ship. I'll have to find another use for my dividend, or cash it since I use the card.
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I'm pretty sure you need to get Revo or lightning if you want heel lifts. They'll also have better crampons too.
From what I could tell, the Evo Ascents have the heel lifts - or as another forum user mentioned years ago the 'Avalanche Indicators'. The Evo Ascents also have a pretty rock solid strap system that I'm a little jealous of but we'll see.
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by CaptainSuburbia » Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:12 am

Eli Watson wrote:
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:03 am
Thanks all. I actually found a pair of 25" Lightnings surprisingly in stock at the website-that-shall-not-be-named. Hopefully they actually ship. I'll have to find another use for my dividend, or cash it since I use the card.
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Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:17 am
I'm pretty sure you need to get Revo or lightning if you want heel lifts. They'll also have better crampons too.
From what I could tell, the Evo Ascents have the heel lifts - or as another forum user mentioned years ago the 'Avalanche Indicators'. The Evo Ascents also have a pretty rock solid strap system that I'm a little jealous of but we'll see.
Looks like they do! I didn't realize Evo had an ascent model.
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by youngk2844 » Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:06 pm

I am a fan of the MSR Lightnings. I just had MSR replace broken crampons on my Lightning Ascents for a total cost of $20 plus shipping. I've used them on many winter climbs in Colorado and Idaho and they've held up to a lot of abuse. I'm surprised the original crampons survived as long as they did (a little over four seasons). I hope you have many years of happy use with yours!
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by Midwestlungs » Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:48 pm

If anyone knows where I can get a pair of 25” men’s lightnings let me know. Been trying since December but they are out of stock everywhere I’ve looked.
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by Alpine Guy » Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:26 pm

Don't overlook the womens - same thing as the mens but a little narrower for an easier stride.
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by Eli Watson » Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:26 am

Alpine Guy wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:26 pm
Don't overlook the womens - same thing as the mens but a little narrower for an easier stride.
Danggggg wish I had known. That raspberry color is lush. My 25" arrived yesterday, almost didn't believe it when I saw 3 were in stock. Looking forward to breaking them in.
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Re: MSR Lightning vs Evo

Post by CaptCO » Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:29 am

Eli Watson wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:26 am
Alpine Guy wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:26 pm
Don't overlook the womens - same thing as the mens but a little narrower for an easier stride.
Danggggg wish I had known. That raspberry color is lush. My 25" arrived yesterday, almost didn't believe it when I saw 3 were in stock. Looking forward to breaking them in.
Heck yea, did you end up with the “spiderweb” or strap system? Probably retiring my strap ons, no pun intended, and going with the new style next winter.
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