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Old 01-24-2016, 09:04 PM   #1
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MSR Snowshoe - rust?

I purchased a pair of MSR Lightning Ascents last year and recently noticed a discoloration on the crampons. They've turned brown - my first thought was rust but it doesn't flake off. If it is rust, is there anything I can do to stop further damage?
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:22 PM   #2
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MSR Snowshoe - rust?

The cause is corrosion by road salt. Remove your snowshoes well before reaching the road or trailhead parking. I use my snowshoes for years and get no discoloration.
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Old 01-25-2016, 11:26 AM   #3
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Right. Or rinse them off thoroughly when you get home. The same applies to crampons, axes, etc.; anything you might lay down on or near the road in the process of unloading from or reloading into the car.
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Old 01-25-2016, 02:01 PM   #4
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Aha. That makes sense. Thank you JoeCedar and TCD.

As for the current corrosion - anything I can do to fix that? I don't care it is discolored, I just want to prevent any further damage.
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:08 AM   #5
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Funny...I just pulled mine out last Friday after not using them since last season for our trip to Jay Peak VT this past washout btw...all ice

I've never been on salt...but all the rivets on the bindings are rusted and the crampon powdercoating has flaked off the teeth of one crampon....I repeat, never on roads or salt

I was going to call would the rivets be made of a material that would rust?? I have a pair of Tubbs that are 3x as old...never an issue.

Any ideas?
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Old 02-21-2016, 04:32 PM   #6
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I spray a little WD40 on a rag and wipe down as much metal of my snowshoes as I can. I do this before storage for the year and not before use so I don't track it all through the woods.

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