Atlas 12 Series
Price Paid: $259
I have two pairs of these 22-inch and 25-inch so that I can cover all conditions in which I plan to snowshoe. As mentioned in previous reviews these have the most user-friendly binding of any snowshoe on the market and that is precisely why I own them. They also are pretty much bulletproof as I walked across logs, rocks, ice, gravel roads etc with nothing more than cosmetic damage.
Update: October 18, 2007
Wow, I've been a proponent of the Atlas 12 series snowshoes for a number of years now and own two pairs one in the 22" length and one in the 25". I saw these in my local mountain gear shop and immediately had to try them. The binding looks a bit funny but works like a charm. It seems like Atlas may have "borrowed" the idea for the ascender bar from another company but what the heck. I took them for a test spin and they are fantastic. Uphill, downhill, side hill they are simply amazing. I'll sell my old ones on ebay and upgrade both the 22 and 25 inch to this newer, lighter, and superior model.
Price Paid: $200
Wow, great snowshoes! Built like tanks, but light...
The bindings are extremely easy to use, even with mittens and inserts. They stay tight, without slipping. The decking has taken extreme abuse on rocks and ice and has nicks here and there. The cuts haven't run because of the material the deck is made out of. The shoes don't allow any lateral torsion. They are very stable. The bottom has rows of teeth, more than other snow shoes.
I have taken the 1225s up and down mountains here in interior Alaska. They excel on hard pack snow, ice, and rocks. Being only 25 inches long, though, I suffer in deep snow. That is my fault and not the fault of the product. I will not buy another brand or series beside the Atlas 12 series!
Price Paid: $240
I have two pair of 1235's. I bought the second pair because the first pair (for me) performed very well. I am a heavy guy 300 lbs and these snowshoes on day old snow will take me any where I want to go.
I am old school (ash frames and animal webbing) but these shoes beat anything I have ever owned including Tubbs! Just wish they were not made in China, BUT they are well made in China, so that is a plus!
Price Paid: $155
I was originally going to buy the MSR Lighting Ascent but could not pass up the deal on the 1225's. Was very impressed with ease of putting on these shoes. One pull on the top and one pull on the side and you are locked in for the entire day.
Took these on a 10 hr hike up some steep inclines and liked the grip and the lifts helped a lot for calf fatigue. Overall a great product for the price.
Price Paid: $209
Great things to have.
We bought four pairs (we were four of us..., no redundancy needed) and stomped through Norway's fine powdery snow in Rondane National Park for a week last winter. Never let us down, even with 45lb. backpacks as additional weight on our backs.
When I saw them first I shuddered a little at the sight of these, um, rubber straps...
Various pieces of equipment went to see their maker, but not these.