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Lay some trail of your own.

Put miles of snow behind you as you trek in the Atlas Aspect Snowshoe. This backcountry trailblazer boasts Atlas' proprietary Spring-Loaded Suspension, which uses offset webbing straps for natural side-to-side motion. Don't worry if you don't have snowshoe-specific boots; PackFlat bindings offer the convenience of quick-adjust straps that accommodate snowboard kicks or even mountaineering boots.
  • Heavy-duty aluminum frame features an elliptical nose and an aggressive saw-tooth perimeter for deep purchase over sketchy terrain
  • 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
  • Spring-loaded suspension keeps the snowshoe close underfoot for easy maneuvering deeper crampon bite into the slope
  • Infinity decking fits within the aluminum frame to eliminate frame wrap, protect the deck from abrasion, and maximize surface area
  • PackFlat bindings collapse flat for better integration with your pack; ideal for snowboarders who hike up and ride back down
  • Atlas BC Utility strap can be used for packing and storing snowshoes, and it doubles as a spare binding strap for field repairs and emergencies
  • Stainless steel, Holey-I Toe crampons feature shovel-shaped prongs to complement sharp ice tips for optimal bite, grip, and efficiency
  • Heel-lift bar relieves stress on calves during ascents by compensating for slope angle and loss of traction

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5 5

love them

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

i paid a lot bigger price than now!!! they take a beating and trust me i tested them

5 5

Great shoe at clearance price!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I knew these snowshoes have been panned in earlier reviews in this space, but I decided to take a chance on them at the clearance price, given better reviews elsewhere and the props they received from Outdoor mag. I was looking for a solid pair of snowshoes for trailblazing in flat to hilly conditions (most of my trekking is in Wisconsin, so not much mountaineering), and was looking for a quality product at a great price. Fortunately, I've never had a problem buying the best of last year's model at a steep discount.

So far I've been thrilled with my decision. I've had these out on three separate hikes in the last month and they've done remarkably well. Most of the hiking (approx. 15 miles total) has been trailblazing in 15-20 inches of snow. Snow conditions were still fairly loose--not powder, but no packing and no crust. Just untouched accumulation from 4-5 different systems.

I'm 6'0" and weigh in at around 215 lbs. with pack. I bought the 28s. In these conditions, I experienced generally good float (maybe 4-5 inches of compression on average), and great deck clearance. Never felt like I was lifting all the snow back out of the print on my snow deck--shedding was very efficient.

Bindings are very secure over the top of the foot. The heel binding is a made of a bit stretchier material, which means you likely need to adjust it once or twice once you get moving. I haven't seen any issues yet with deck durability, and I've been tromping thru some fairly brushy areas. But, it's still early.

I too experienced the issue with scraping the orange anodizing off of the aluminum frame. This is a direct result of welding crampons to the side rails vs. adding the additional weight of a separate crampon underneath. To me, it wasn't such a big deal. If you want your gear to stay pretty, leave it in the packaging.

Would I buy these at the original price? Nah--but I'm a cheapskate. If you're looking for a solid performer for little $$$, these are a great option.

2 5

Not enough bite

I wanted to love these. These snowshoes apparently have alot of hype behind them, and claim to have the best of all worlds, with the spring loaded suspension for comfort and "aggressive" tread pattern for climbing steeps. Sorry Atlas, but this guy doesn't cut it. Its too bulky (too wide, feet end up tripping on each other, need to alter gait, which led to knee pain). Not easy to walk in, and doesn't work well on any of the steep narrow trails in the northeast. The bite just isnt there on this thread pattern. Maybe its the tubular edge? Crampon on these just doesnt do much. I slipped and slipped over again on these on steep sections on the Adirondack High Peaks, while my friends in MSRs just went straight up with no problem. On one slip, one of the televators even managed to snap. Only took them on one trip this winter, sorry theyre going back. Bought a pair of MSR Denali Ascents instead (last years model) for half the price and twice the product. Haven't slipped since, and theyre soooo much easier/comfy/lighter to walk in.

1 5

Decking too fragile

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Only my third trip out with the Aspects and the deck has torn in half (not covered by warranty). I've used a pair of 1025's in the same conditions for more than 15 years without any problem. Very disappointing.

2 5

Needs Better Quality Control

I wanted to love these snowshoes! When I received the first pair I noticed the sound of a rolling metal object - most likely a rivet, used in construction - in the front tube of one of the shoes. I decided that I simply could not deal with that sound for the next twenty years of ownership. So, I promptly returned them and ordered a second pair. The second pair did not even come out of the shipping box, as one of the snowshoes had the same problem. All I had to do is tilt the box back and forth to hear that same annoying sound - back they went. I subsequently ordered a pair of Tubbs and they were perfect!

Cuddos to Backcountry for their effortless return policy. I just logged in, printed a return label, and when UPS scanned it, backcountry made the credit card refund.

MSR Lightning Ascent or Atlas Aspect?
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MSR Lightning Ascent or Atlas Aspect?
Tell me about pros&cons of both products.
thanks.

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The lightning has a serrated frame that will help hold when crossing any kind of icy or smooth surface. The Atlas has a tubular frame. The weight is also an issue if you plan on carrying them long distances you will feel the extra pound.
In light deep snow the MSRs tend to sink a bit but that can be solved with the extra tails.
I prefer the binding system on the Axis line vs the Ascent. More time in set up but you can adjust the angle, which helps since I walk like a duck.... Enjoy!

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Thanks Reid.But Atlas Aspect also has a serrated frame.
I am interested in Spring-Loaded™ Suspension of Aspect.