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The Atlas Women's Elektra 8 Series Snowshoe begins with a hassle-free, minimalist binding with a Uniloop pull and loads of arch support, then comes a strong, light aluminum frame shaped just for the ladies and a friendly and forgiving decking that won't bog you down. Now, let the free-rotating suspension cushion roll you down the trail and the steely crampons move you along when the ground gets firm. From start to finish, it's a walk in the snow-filled park.

  • Women-specific design features tapered tail, narrower nose, and outside rolling bends that nest the shoes together
  • Women-specific 6061 aluminum V-frame tracks straight in deep snow, sheds snow with its tapered tail, and rolls smoothly
  • Free-rotating suspension cushions every step to allow natural articulation and unrestricted movement
  • Tempered steel toe twin-trac toe crampon and heel cleat provide death-grip on hardpack
  • Strapp bindings have a no-fuss Uniloop pull and are minimalist, supportive under arch, and gender-specific
  • Nytex nylon decking flexes for a forgiving performance
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We've put'em through the wringer now...

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

It seems true of almost all brands that bindings and crampons get better all the time.

Such is the case with the Atlas Elektra 8's. As I've mentioned, I have a pair of Elektra 10's and the bindings on my 10's are just a little bit easier to use than the Elektra 8's.

Also, the heel crampon leaves something to be desired on the 8 series. There is a V-shaped bit of steel that helps with downhill traction but it isn't nearly as effective as the dedicated heel crampons of newer Atlas snowshoes.

Still, Atlas makes fine snowshoes. Myself and 4 other women I know have been using Atlas snowshoes from the Elektra series for years and we've all been impressed.

Snow-steppin' in style

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

My mom bought a pair of these last winter and she really likes them.

I love my Atlas Elecktra 10's so when we decided to shop for Mom, we knew we wanted Atlas brand. We were pretty excited about getting her outfitted and didn't want to wait for shipping. Buying in person meant really limited choices - we bought the only pair of Atlas snowshoes we could find.

That turned out to be a real blessing. Much as I love my Elecktra 10's, they have the SRS or Spring-Loaded Suspension which means they throw snow all over my butt.

The Elecktra 8's have the FRS or Free-Rotating Suspension, they are tail-draggers, and they do NOT flip snow all over the place. Mom is VERY happy that her snowshoes don't flip snow and a little smug about her dry ass.

Other than the suspension, our snowshoes are very similar. My 10's have a more polished-looking heel strap compared to her 8's but they seem to function in the same manner. In fact, we took a hike where I briefly had some trouble with my bindings *cough*whiskey*cough* and she's never had an issue with hers.

The crampons are aggressive and do well uphill and downhill. The 8's don't have a heel lift but I'm not certain that's a negative. I have a heel lift on my 10's and I've used it only a handful of times. I think Mom has the better end of the deal - her 'shoes surely weigh less without the heel lift.

I recommend choosing Atlas snowshoes based on the suspension system. If you're anti-snow-flipping, go with the FRS or the newer LRS. If you're concerned about efficiency and don't mind the snow-flipping, go with the SRS.

For what it's worth, my Elecktra 10's stopped flipping snow at the end of last season, after 4 years I think they loosened up a bit.

My mom's Elecktra 8's are treating her well and I'm impressed with Atlas snowshoes in general.

Great snowshoe overall

    This is my first pair of snowshoes and I have no complaints so far. They are easy to get into and out of (after a few practice rounds) and they are light enough that you barely feel them on your feet. The only downside so far is that they immediately sink in deeper snow, so I have not done a lot of "back country" exploring. I live in Minnesota, if that helps.

    Whenever I've tried to use my Atlas snowshoes...

    Whenever I've tried to use my Atlas snowshoes the back of my body gets covered in snow from the snow flying up from each step I take. I don't have the instructions so I'm wondering if I'm not wearing them correctly? My heel goes up/down, should it be? If anyone can help I sure would appreciate advise. As it stands right now I'll never use them again.

    Thanks!

    Janet

    Goldensadie@roadrunner.com

    Best Answer

    Janet, my guess is that it's the way you're walking. Try walking normally and not lifting up your knees. There is a natural kick-up of snow but if you're getting soaked try walking slower at first and finding the stride that causes the least amount of kick-up. Also, clothing makes a huge difference. Wearing waterproof clothing (boots, pants & jacket) will keep you dry even when snow is flying up behind you as you blaze a trail :-). Remember, always layer clothing and never wear cotton, you'll sweat and moisture will stick to you.

    The snow-flipping is odd for Elecktra 8's. My mom has a pair of Elecktra 8's and hers don't throw any snow.



    My Elecktra 10's on the other hand used to fling snow like you would not believe! I've had mine for 4 years now and they don't throw snow any more, I think the binding loosened up a bit.