Northern Lites say:
The Race was introduced in 2004 to comply with the new, smaller U.S. Snowshoe Association standard of 120in2 minimum surface area. Serious racers who understand the need for the lightest snowshoe choose Northern Lites Race. Many racers prefer both our Elite model for softer courses and our Race for a hard, faster courses.
Northern Lites snowshoes have a fantastic reputation in the US, which is why we're proud to offer them in the UK and Europe.