The newly redesigned MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes ($260.95) from SoDo’s Cascade Designs blaze new trails with Torsion 2 crampons that excel at maintaining traction even on hardpack or icy terrain. The lightest snowshoes in their class, they can be extended with “modular flotation tails” ($49.95) that clip on for deep-powder adventures.
Winter Gear Preview 2012
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Visit these stores—or check the websites—to find this gear.
SoDo, 2203 1st Ave. S; outdoorresearch.com
Six local stores, including South Lake Union, 222 Yale Ave. N; rei.com