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MSR - Lightning Tail Snowshoe Flotation Tail - 5 in

MSR Lightning Tail Snowshoe Flotation Tail - 5 in

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Tech Specs

Frame Material:
aircraft-grade aluminum
Deck Material:
Recommended Use:
backcountry snowboarding, backcountry snowshoeing, snowshoe hiking
Manufacturer Warranty:

Deep snow essential.

Keep your MSR Lightning Showshoes riding high in powder with these five-inch flotation tails. Their easy-to-attach design allows them to be quickly added to your snowshoes after a big storm, and they increase the surface area of your snowshoes so you're actually able to cover some ground when the snow is deep.

  • Snowshoe tail attaches to any MSR Lightning snowshoe
  • Increases surface area and float in deep snow
  • Simple design for fiddle-free fixation

Nice Add-On

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great for those deeper days. Easy to add and remove and definitely help. Good idea to have them and not need than don't have a need. Make your adventure easier and get these just in case.

Float the Boat!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

They add some good float for sure. Easy to pop on and remove on the trail. No tools required, just a tight snap and you're ready to go. Cool design.

Why/How to use Flotation Tails!

    Nothing eliminates boundaries like MSR’s Snowshoe Flotation tails, unique to MSR snowshoes. These Tails add flotation on-demand in deep snow or when carrying heavier packs. With them, you can start with a smaller, more agile snowshoe for most adventures. When conditions change, attach the tails easily for greater surface area. Light enough to carry on extended trips, they allow one pair of snowshoes to get you through it all. Modular Flotation Tails are available for all MSR snowshoes.

    So helpful

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Although I am well below the weight rating for the snowshoes I own, I decided to try these and see if they made a difference when breaking trail. They help more than I would have thought. Breaking trail in new snows of 12 to 16 inches, I would sink in 6 to 8 inches without the tails. With the tails, I sink about 2 to 4 inches. It takes much less energy with the tails. I recently was breaking trail in 35 inches of very light powder and sank about 14 inches. However, after that snow had a couple of days to consolidate, I was only sinking in 8 inches when breaking trail.
    One can put these on on the trail but it is much easier to attach them beforehand. I use snowshoes to hike a lot and am very glad to have the tails.

    A little something extra

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I knew the 25" lightning shoes were going to be best for me, but I did want the option of lengthening them when the powder gets deep or the load gets heavy. MSRs lightning snowshoes are all made more versatile by the tail option. Easy to afix and a big difference maker, these tails can mitigate the harshest conditions.