Technically advanced snowshoes.
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they are great
so is Backcountry (no really I mean it) I tried to order the 35 inch ones locally, give local business they placed the order and delivered the 30inch, then told me that the 35inch had been discontinuted...
So I ordered from Backcountry they arrived a week later, despite coming all the way to Switzerland and were still 80 bucks cheaper than buying from the local dealer.
I got one day of use on the local trail before the thaw started :(
The bindings are easy to use as Chris says. No slippage, simple and comfortable to use.
Looking forward to using them a lot more next season.
I might try and get a higher hike in the next couple of weeks otherwise it will be next winter.
I'm looking for a snowshoe that i can use...
I'm looking for a snowshoe that i can use with my snowboard boots, can someone point me in the right direction?
Most snowshoe bindings will accomodate a snowboard boot, but not all. In general, you'll have better luck with a binding that is open at the toe and wraps ro straps around the foot (eg. the Atlas bindings or MSR bindings). I'd be careful with bindings with an enclosed toe that you step into - I've seen some snowboard boots that are too high in the toe to fit.
Since you're asking on this page, I'm going to assume you're considering the Atlas 12. The specs on this shoe specifically indicate that they're snowboard boot compatible.
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This will be my second season using these snowshoes, and I can't say enough about them. I'v used them on normal "everyday" trails to steep ascending grade. I love the heal lift when I snowshoed Cascade Mountain in the Adirondack High Peaks. They without a doubt stood up to whatever I could throw at them last season, so I cant wait for this one!
The bindings for me are they selling point. They quickly and easily lock your foot in place and don't let go! I'v seen other people have to stop numerous times to adjust and fight with their bindings, not the case with the Atlas 12's. I have the 25 inch model and am contemplating purchasing the 30's for heavier loads. I highly recommend!
How are these different or better than the...
How are these different or better than the 11 series?
The aluminum alloy used for the frame. The 11 series is 6061 (major alloying elements are silicon, magnesium, and copper) and the 12 series is 7075 (major alloying elements zinc, magnesium, and copper). Both are common aircraft alloys; 7075 is a very lightweight alloy, and the specific properties of either depends on a lot more than just the type of aluminum (sorry, I spent too many years in school learning about this stuff...).
The 12 series is slightly lighter.
The ReactiV frame on the 12 series has an elliptical shape (the 11 series has a circular cross-section), which apparently makes it stiffer.
The decking material is different. The 11 series uses Nytex decking, which is flexible and quiet in the cold. The 12 series uses Duratek decking, which is supposed to be more abrasion resistant.
The binding is different. The 11 series uses the Wrapp Plus, while the 12 series uses the Wrapp Pro. The Wrapp Pro has silicone straps.
The toe crampons are different. The 11 series uses the All-Trac toe crampon, and the 12 series uses the Holey-1 toe crampon. The Holey-1 has shovel-shaped prongs, which are supposed to give better bite on ice.
As for which is better...that's up to you. My opinion is that unless you want a very high performance mountain snowshoe and have a specific need for it, the 11 series will be sufficient. The 11 series shoe still has the key features that you'd want to see, like a heel lift, for mountain travel, and it's in the details that the shoes differ.
Hope that helped!
What kind of temperature can these snowshoes...
What kind of temperature can these snowshoes handle???
They're not affected by temperature, though if it's above freezing, you probably won't need them.
I have personally used these in temps down to -30ºf and never a single problem with them.
The deck will be good for extreme temps and the crampons have set the industry standard w/ steel that will handle icy conditions well.