Atlas 10+ Series
Price Paid: $189
Excellent for the first snowshoe I've ever owned or used. I took it on a 5 mile hike on the Link Trail in Central New York (part of the North Country Trail). Had some good climbs and descents. The shoes never need adjusting and I like the way they handled when I was breaking trail.
Excellent shoe and I probably wouldn't have had trouble putting the adjustment straps into their holder if I had not been rushing to catch up with everyone.
Price Paid: 185 USD
I have a pair of 1030s that I bought in Utah for light powder and heavy gear loads. They performed admirably flotation-wise in the `greatest snow on earth` for skiers - that is to say, very light, non-compact substrate. The crampons are sufficiently aggressive, and the weight distribution on them is very even.
My one, big, large complaint is about the quick bindings. Allegedly they're fast to take on and off, but this is only true if you can sit down while doing so. Pulling them on, you have to make sure the pressure is even across the toe of the boot, and that the strap is out of the way when you're finished (The included loop rarely holds the excess strap for very long).
To take them off, I would sometimes need to de-glove to get the fine manipulation that the bindings require. The back-most strap needs stomped on so it doesn't get caught when you pull your foot out.
Also, make sure you get a size appropriate for your travel. My 1030s were fantastic for extremely light powder, but here in Fairbanks, AK, where the snow is very dense, the extra tail can be like a boat anchor.
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The Atlas 10 series snowshoes are all-mountain, lightweight performers that manage steep terrain with stability and control. New Wrapp Pro bindings have Flow Tape silicone straps that glide through low-friction buckles and release with a simple snap.
- Mountain Gear
When you're snowshoeing up and down steep trails, a heel-lift bar and bomber side and heel cleats are invaluable leg-saving features. The Atlas 10+ Series Snowshoes have both, plus a Spring-Loaded Suspension System that allows your feet to move naturally on climbs and icy descents. With the heel bar up, your calves get less fatigued. The left- and right-specific bindings create a secure fit, and the 10+ Series Snowshoes' stainless steel heel, side cleats, and toe crampon provide traction. That way, you won't end up inadvertently doing a painful version of the splits when the trail gets slippery.
New for 2007, the Atlas 10+ series snowshoe bridges top-end performance with greater value.Built on the proven technology and value of the Atlas 6061 aluminum V-frame, durable stainless steel All-Trac toe crampon and flexible Nytex decking, the 10+ has the added security of our Advanced Aft Traction and a climbing bar.The specially molded left and right Wrapp Plus bindings have supportive arches that cradle the inside of your feet, and the urethane heel strap adjusts easily with the SureClick buckle.For avid hikers wanting to go beyond that next mountain ridge, the 10+ opens up a wider variety of terrain.
The 1025+ Atlas Snowshoes are built for the athlete who heads into mountainous terrain. Advanced aft traction and a heel lift bar give you tools that you will appreciate in rougher conditions. Spring-Loaded Suspension (SLS) allows natural articulation of the foot and deeper crampon penetration for excellent comfort and control. Wrapp Plus binding has one-pull design that cradles your foot for a quick, secure fit. Specifically molded right and left bindings have supportive arches and are padded for comfort and warmth. Proprietary V-shaped 6061 aluminum frame is durable and flexes as part of the SLS system. All-Trac stainless steel toe crampon delivers sure-footed traction. Stainless steel heel cleat as well as parallel side rails for secure traversing. Heel lift bar relieves calf muscle fatigue while ascending steep slopes. Nytex decking is durable and flexible when cold.