Technological backing for rugged adventure.
- Lightweight, strong 7075 aluminum frame stands up to abuse when you scramble across the occasional rock outcropping
- Reactiv-Trac construction allows the binding, crampon, and frame to conform and articulate independently with the terrain, thereby providing a smoother flex, better grip, and improved overall control
- V-Frame shape allows the shoe to track straight in deeper snow; tapered tail pulls less snow as you step
- Spring Loaded Suspension system absorbs impact and lets your foot flex naturally, which means the crampon digs deeper on steep, icy ascents
- Wrapp Pro binding offers a customizable fit, extra arch support, and one-pull UniLoop buckle design allows for easy adjustments on trail
- Duratek decking wraps around frame for a taught fit and increased surface area
- Stainless steel, Holey-I Toe crampons feature shovel-shaped prongs to complement sharp ice tips for optimal bite, grip, and efficiency
- Stainless steel aft traction provides lateral stability and edging capabilities
- Heel-lift bar relieves stress on calves during ascents by compensating for slope angle and loss of traction
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I have to agree with one of the reviews below, they do tend to sink a little more then what I would expect, granted, these are the few snowshoes that I have ever owned and therefore the first time I've ever snowshoe'ed, but it did seem like I was sinking a bit more then I thought I would. I went with the medium size since I am 5'8, 165lbs. Most of the time I have 10-15lbs of gear when I've used them. I would recommend going up one size from what is recommended. If you happen to be really large and carrying a large load, then maybe look elsewhere.
They do have a really great/easy binding system, that surprisingly doesn't take much to engage and will hold all day.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
you want a serious snowshoe with great grip & sidebars & easy on & off, only Atlas. This one is wonderful
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have owned these snowshoes for several seasons and have worn them through all kinds of snow and ice conditions over every type of terrain imaginable and they have never failed me.
The quality and performance of the bindings alone are enough to forget looking at any other brand. With full expedition sized gloves on you can get in and out of these snowshoes with one hand in seconds. And once secure, the bindings simply DO NOT slip, yet can be loosened easily. The crampons will get you up and over pretty much anything except mybe a shear wall of ice and the aluminum frames are very rugged, if not down right bomb proof. I have worn these during winter fly fishing outings to remote locations while traversing across icy boulders and while wading rivers cobbled with rocky, stone laden bottoms without any bending or damage to the frames other than scratches. If these snowshoes can handle this kind of abuse they can handle pretty much anything.
I do not agree with the reviewer above that the bindings are too far forward, in fact, I think these snowshoes are near perfectly balanced and I have never had a problem in deeper, powder like conditions. They will kick up some snow, but only if you are on groomed and packed trails, in which case, these are probably overkill.
The only issue I have with these are that the heel bar is a pain to try and engage, especially with gloves on. It's not impossible to do, but just tough to get your finger under the bar to flip it up. To rectify this I put a paracord loop on the bar and now I can lift it easily with one hand. Once engaged, it makes uphill climbing a lot easier.
Overall, you will simply not regret purchasing these. I'm 185 pounds and got the 30's, but I will be picking up the 35's at some point, for deeper snow, or, when I'm carrying heavier than normal loads.
Let me start by saying that I am a heavy dude. I am 5' 10" and 230lbs. I am also pretty active in the Alaska backcountry. Because of this I got the biggest Atlas I could find, the 12/35 inchers. They are supposed to be able to support well over 300lbs. Long story short, they did not, I ended up well over knee deep. Also, I was impressed upon purchase by the steep nose, I was thinking that they would stay out of the snow. Well when you sink down about two and a half feet, that isn't happening. In fact, they catch the snow more then other brands, which is nice... if you like falling down. The bindings are amazing though. Really are the best bindings I have ever seen as far as bindings go. Unfortunately the bindings are really far forward on the snowshoe. Like all of the way forward. To the point that they seem to make the rest of the shoe almost seem worthless. I have found that in deep snow, these shoes are really not that great. I gave it two stars only because of the really good bindings. I have since traded in these shoes in and am now using Tubbs 36 inch ones and they are working much better.
Will these work with snowboarding boots?
Most snowshoes will accomodate a decent size boot but it usually lists it in the item description if it is compatible.
Yes, I just went up Wheeler Peek (36in) of fresh pow on 11 30's in a size 11 Burton Snowboard boot. My friend did the same in 10 30's in a size 12 Vans.
Yep! I have an older pair of Airwalk snowboard boots that are really wide, so wide that they have trouble fitting in some snowboard bindings, but I can use them with these snowshoes. Used them all day long with no issues.
I have used these with my big and bulky Sorel Caribou boots just fine and I would imagine those are as big or even bigger than most snowboarding boots.
The bindings allow for a large range of shoes sizes.
Just got back from a couple days in West Yellowstone on these. I got the 35 inch model hoping for floatation while using a heavy pack. All told I probably had 260 lbs with myself and a pack. I don't have a frame of reference since I don't snow shoe a lot (I'm a back country skier who uses skins) but I would say the floatation in powder snow (3 feet with probably a foot of real soft) is OK. I suspect that the narrow profile has something to do with it. That said, I love the binding system. Easy on and off. I used the elevator on a steep uphill and that worked well. The crampon dug into ice very well. Overall the build quality is great and should last a long time.
Atlas is by far one of the most rugged and well made snowshoes on the market. I have had numerous days afield and in various conditions and these things worked like a dream. been very happy with the gear and very comfortable.
The Atlas snowshoes are simply the best. They are QUIET vs the MSRs which are LOUD. The heel lever makes going uphill just like climbing a set of stairs and really saves your calf muscles. You can walk backwards in these too because of the way the binding is set. Where you see the SLS in grey on the left and right of the binding - this acts as a spring so that the back of the snowshoe pops back up. Its a big deal. Crampons on the bottom work really well for snow and glacier travel. If you ever run across ice however... have you ice axe at the ready and don't loose your balance. They wont purchase as well standard crampons, but its not likely that most people will ever encounter that situation.
I also heard that the British SAS use these.
They are agile, light, and durable. Looking forward to many more years with these. Going on two years of heavy use.
I have been doing research on these, and the only complaint i consistently found was that the pointed tail kicks snow up onto your back and butt. Does anybody have any expierence with this and how it could be avoided?
As a long time Atlas wearer, all I can say is yes - their design lifts snow. What to do? Wear appropriate clothing ...
Yes it can be an issue but not one that will be noticed very often. You have to be in the right conditions for the snow to slump onto the deck and come back up which is rare. The advantage of having the snow shoe spring back up far outweighs the rare/occasional snow being thrown up.
Do these ever go on sale?
I have an old pair of Redfeathers, which work pretty well even on very steep terrain, but the rubberized fabric of the deck actually broke in a twisting fall. I'd like to try a better binding too.
They are on sale right now! They are the best snowshoe I've ever used.
I'm 6ft. 5in., weigh 200lbs, and have size 14 feet.These snowshoes went on easy and stayed in place on my boots. The first time out I did 2 miles in 18 inches of unpacked snow, it was work but would have been impossible without these snowshoes. I have a cheaper pair of snowshoes, but these are so much easier to handle I'll probably donate my old ones to goodwill.
Best binding around.
My folks got the Atlas 12s last year, and they seem less intimidating and possibly more comfortable than my MSR Lightning Ascents. Simply put, they are 100% reliable in all snow conditions, classically designed, and you'll never need to buy another pair.
However, I went with the MSRs because I wanted the more aggressive frame and removable tail option. Also, the pointed tail on the Atlas 12s kicks up an incredible amount of snow into your butt (could be the spring-loaded suspension?) leaving your trousers uncomfortably soggy. This would be an even bigger problem if, like my mother, you plan on snowshoeing in bluejeans...
Was wondering about the Atlas 12 series snow shoe, the 25 in says 120-200lbs, anyone know the weight limits for the 30 in. and 35 in. as I weigh 200 # and I usually carry a day pack or other gear
I use a 12 series in 25in and weight 190lbs. It works fine in every snow condition but powder. In the sidebar it says the 30in is for 150-250lbs and the 35in is for 180-300lbs. If you are going to use it in deep powder I'd go with a 35in.
I own a 2007 model and recently just bought the 2009 model for my brother. Out of all the snowshoes I have used, these seem to offer the best all around versatility and have all the top features.
My snowshoes have taken quite a beating, the bottom and sides have many rock scratches, but they are still going strong. The biggest reason I chose these over an MSR snowshoe is the "Spring Loaded Suspension." I found in my use with the MSR style my foot was forced to twist and roll to the contour of the trail(remain perpendicular to the plane of the snowshoe). On the Atlas snowshoes your foot is suspended by essentially a super duty rubber band system. I have found it to provide more comfort to my ankle and was my sole reasoning for purchase. In my opinion, I dig into crusty ice a little easier, whereas my friends in MSR's almost have to kick their entire snowshoe through the crust when going uphill. I have only compared this with the Evos and not the Lightnings.
The straps to secure the foot are pretty intuitive for my 2007 model and I will update my review when I have more experience with the new design. From my experience with a boot in the living room, it is already easier to adjust and secure, which can only mean less of a hassle with cold fingers.