Once again, he never mentioned he had MSR snowshoes; but if does have MSRs, let's clear up a point about aluminum vs. steel. I haven't seen every model of MSR snowshoes, but the two I have available do not have any moving hinge part in aluminum.
Here's the "older" style on the plastic MSR shoes:
And here's the "newer" style:
The outside frame is made of Al, but the hinge support crosspiece is steel.