A sturdy step and a light, unencumbered stride.
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I really wanted to like these, but both times I tired them I ended up completely covered in snow up my backside. I went the other day with a friend who rented a pair, and he didn't have this problem (I assumed it was just part of the sport...silly me). I'm planning on getting the MSR Lightning Assent shoes, as I have read the reviews and they look decent.
Pros and Cons
Pros: easy to put on, lightweight, tapered a bit so I didn't step on my other foot, great traction.
Cons: the way the metal teeth/grips are configured at the bottom allows snow to be compacted and stuck to the bottom of the snowshoe so now you're lifting up the weight of the snow as well. My friend had the MSR's and didn't have this problem. Wasn't as bad on groomed trails and not going so far but on ungroomed trails it's a problem esp. when you go for miles lifting up the extra snow.
These are nice snowshoes. What others said about throwing snow at the bum is correct. I solved it with putting on gaiters-dont even notice the snow anymore. However they are very comfortable due to suspension and are very easy to put on. I am 130 lbs and with day pack on my back stayed on top of 12 of powdery snow on my snowshoes. Love them!
I learnt what spring loaded really means with these snowshoes...it means wet bum! Atlas are the brand of snowshoe you see out on the trails that kick up a lot of snow directly at the user's bum. Now if you can get past the feeling of having snowballs thrown at your backside for the hours your are treking, then these snowshoes are great. Really, they are smooth to walk with felt nice and light and were plenty grippy. Just wish someone had told me they flung snow at you before I bought them.
I am going to answer my own question: I tested both Atlas 12 and MSR Lightning Ascent - they are both amazing but I found that MSR is great if the snow conditions are icy and steep hills whereas Atlas 12 just as good except you have to kick in the toes to grip when going uphill, however coming downhill is quite fun, you can run downhills without tripping over the snowshoes (which I did when accidently stepped on the other shoe with MSR). Overall, they both are amazing so it is a matter of personal preference.
Atlas E12 versus MSR Lightning Ascent - I...
Atlas E12 versus MSR Lightning Ascent - I used Atlas 1023+ but thinking of getting a MSR ... will be using for climbing in all snow conditions: icy, powder, slushy. Have concerns about coming down (and going up) steep hills - which is better, Atlas E12 or MSR Lightning Ascent?
I personally prefer the MSR because of the superb traction of the the serrated frame over the tube style, especially on hills. Going down, I'm not as likely to be sliding on my butt, and going up I can plant my foot and know that even if I shift my weight off of the main crampons I'll still have an edge biting into the snow.
I've had both types of shoes, and I like the concept of the spring-loaded suspension on the Atlas shoes - the responsivevness and lack of drag. However, the kick-up at the back hits me in the back of the neck (I'm short), so I either had to wear a hood or put up with snow down my neck, and I ended up exchanging my Atlases (E11) for the Lightning Ascent. I've been really happy with the switch...no complaints.
Thanks, Andrea! I agree with you regarding MSR performance but I do like the lack of drag of the Atlas E12 so still undecided ...
What specifically is covered in the "Lifetime...
What specifically is covered in the "Lifetime warranty" on the Atlas E12 Series Elektra Snowshoes-Women's? Are there any restrictions? If I buy them from backcountry, can I take them to a local dealer for repairs, if needed?
There's always restrictions here is the link to the warranty FAQ for Atlas Snowshoe http://www.atlassnowshoe.com/support/?request=warranty if you do need repairs make sure to bring them to an authorized Atlas dealer also when you order from backcountry.com you get an additional Unconditional 100% Guarantee, backcountry.com guarantee complete satisfaction and an unlimited lifetime warranty. If at any time -- now, next month, in 30 years -- you're not 100% satisfied, send your gear back for a full refund. No questions asked.
Great overall snowshoe
I've now had these snowshoes for 2 seasons and they're the best I've tried yet (although I also like MSR snowshoes too). They're lightweight, easy to strap on to your boots (even with mittens), and your foot stays put. The heal is also very useful when going on steep hikes.