Although I haven't tried any other brands of running…
Price Paid: $300-something
Although I haven't tried any other brands of running specific snowshoes, at 148 lbs. I do find these snowshoes great on packed snow, but sink into the powder a little more than what I had expected, although you can still go places you couldn't run with just shoes on. They are light and have good traction and you don't have to change your running stride with their small size, except maybe lifting knees a little higher. The heel straps tend to come loose easily if you don't make sure they are super tight.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Atlas designed the Dual-Trac 8 x 22in Snowshoe for winter trail running and racing.
- Backcountry Outlet
The lightest weight snowshoes in the Atlas line, these racers have ultralightweight toe and heel crampons for traction while running uphill, downhill, and on flats. If superman wore snowshoes, he would chose these. Race-proven, these ultralight snowshoes will give you a competitive edge. Spring-Loaded Suspension allows natural articulation of the foot for unmatched control and comfort. Extremely light, one-pull race binding is quick and secure with crisscross design. 7075 aluminum frame is sized and tapered specifically for running. Ultralightweight toe and heel crampons provide traction on steep and flat terrain. Extended toe crampon gives extra grip for push-off. EpoTek decking is durable, lightweight, and environmentally friendly.
Racer approved, the Dual-Trac by Atlas is a runner's dream for winter races with a lightweight tapered design that enables a natural running stride.Atlas has the only true suspension system for snowshoes giving you the freedom to move naturally through your stride. Length: 22 in. Surface Area: 134 sq. in. Weight (pair): 2.45 lbs. Load: 78 - 190 / 220 lbs
Don't shelve your running routine and hard-earned conditioning at the first sign of falling flakes--pick up the pace of your winter workouts with these durable Dual Trac running snowshoes from Atlas. Developed for snowy trail running and training, the Dual Trac features the same patented Spring Loaded binding found in Atlas's top 10 and 12 Series snowshoes. It's also a more cost-effective running snowshoe when compared to the Dual Trac SL, which uses expensive titanium crampons and a premium urethane deck that shaves about a half-pound off the package. In our own runs with Dual Trac snowshoes, we found that we had to pay close attention to the weight performance guidelines. While designed to support up to 190 lbs on settled snow, keep in mind that this weight limitation includes your garment and running shoe weight--and the footstrike pressure of lighter folks often exceeds the 190 lb. limitation. While Atlas recommends that bigger Clydesdale-style runners weighing up to 220 lbs (again, that's fully dressed and ready to run
- Altrec Outdoors