I am 116 lbs. and 5' 8'' I rented the atlas snowshoes last year in the small size. They were great, until I tried to break trail in deep snow. This year I tried the MSR snowshoes. I did not get to test them in very good conditions, I felt they were not nearly as comfortable. Here is my concern. My partner prefers the MSR's because of the option of adding a extensions. He feels they are more versatile, he is a person who likes to have options so, he can go anywhere. If I get the atlas snoesshoes in the electra 1 2 series would I be able to keep up with him. Would the 27" be more versatile. We also will be using these in other places, such as Utah and more.