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MSR Introduces New Paragon Snowshoe Binding

GearEvan HoltMSRComment
MSR Introduces New Paragon Snowshoe Binding

MSR took the wraps off the world’s first single-strap mesh snowshoe binding delivering the pinnacle of simplicity, security, durability, and comfort in alpine terrain. Unlike other snowshoe bindings, which can be rigid, uncomfortable, and complex, the Paragon is engineered to be the most intuitive and effective snowshoe binding available to serious winter adventurers.

With a one-piece, mesh top strap that conforms to an impressive variety of boot styles and sizes from womens’ size 5 to mens’ size 13, the Paragon binding offers fast, easy, and intuitive foot alignments with a glove-like fit. The mesh’s variable thickness optimizes strength and flex, providing a secure fit without painful pressure points on the foot.

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Security and comfort shouldn’t be complicated. While other snowshoe manufacturers are adding bulky and rigid features to their snowshoe bindings, MSR is stripping the Paragon to the pure essence of comfort and foot control.
— Sarah Courtney, Winter Category Manager at MSR

Inspired by alpine crampons, the martensite steel crampon on the Paragon transfers weight directly from the mountaineer’s boots into steep, icy inclines for secure and confident footing. For tool-free maintenance, stainless steel twist-on fittings connect the mesh top strap to the binding’s steel toe cup, allowing for quick release and replacement.

Quick and Secure: Variable-thickness mesh conforms to a wide range of boots, providing our greatest level of foot control in widely variable terrain.

No Hot Spots: Contouring toe strap creates a glove-like hold free of pressure points, and offers fast, easy foot alignment every time.

Durable and Ultralight: Durable, freeze-proof TPU mesh sheds snow and water, while retaining strength and flexibility in extreme cold, all in an ultralight pack-flat design.

Field-Maintainable: Minimalist construction and tool-free field maintainability for peace of mind in remote zones.

The Paragon Binding will be standard on the MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe (MSRP: $319.95 USD) and the Revo Ascent Snowshoe (MSRP: $259.95 USD) starting September 2019. The Lightning Ascent Snowshoes will be available in Cobalt Blue and Raspberry. The Revo Ascent Snowshoes will be available in Olive and Dark Cyan.

Photos from Scott Rinckenberger