Atlas Elektra 8 Series
The Atlas Elektra 825 Women’s snowshoes are an excellent choice for women who are interested in easy to moderate snowshoeing on groomed or well packed trails.
Out of the box these snowshoes felt heavier than I was expecting but I quickly forgot all about that. The bright neon pink colour made it hard to pay attention to much else. It would be nice if there was a choice of colors. Call me superficial but I for one would never buy pink gear. Obviously a lot of women would. In fact, the one woman I spoke to while doing this review stopped me to gush about how ‘pretty’ my pink snowshoes were. It just would have been nice to have a choice of a less ‘girlie’ colour for us less girlie girls.
The dimensions are 20.3 x 63.5cm and they are recommended for loads between 54-91kg (user and pack weight) which gives you a fair amount of wiggle room between light day packs and fully loaded overnight packs. I wore a day pack as I expect that is what most people who use these snowshoes will have.
I tested these snowshoes on the groomed snowshoe trails at Grouse Mountain which is the type of terrain for which they are intended. It was an unusually cold night with the temperature dropping down below -10. The strong winds made it feel much colder. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I could put the Elektras on and without having to take off my gloves. There are three size settings on the EZ8™ bindings, large, medium, and small. They were on the large setting and adjusting it would have meant taking my gloves off so I left it there and hoped for the best. Tightening up the straps is very easy and my feet felt nice and snug without any pressure points. I like the feeling of support this binding system provides.
I was immediately surprised by how light the Elektras felt on my feet. They weigh about the same as my MSRs but felt much lighter. I also quickly appreciated that I could walk easily without kicking my inner calf as I do so often with my MSRs. Atlas really has done a great job with this. My gait was much more natural in the Elektras. Being able to walk more easily saves energy and makes for a more enjoyable experience.
Before long I realized that my right foot was a bit twisted, with my heel coming in and my toe pointing out. I assumed that it had something to do with the bindings being on the ‘Large’ setting since I don’t have particularly large feet. I stopped to adjust it. Fortunately I had found a place out of the wind because try as I might I could not do it with gloves on. With the bindings tightened up I was off again but it didn’t solve the problem. I later discovered that what had happened was that the lacing system was cinched too tight on the inside of my right binding and so was pulling my foot in that direction. I mention this because the instructions that come with the Elektras are very basic and you’re likely to have to learn, as I did, but fiddling around with them. Make sure that the lacing cord is evenly distributed throughout the system or you’ll end up with your foot being pulled in one direction or another.
The Elektras were performing brilliantly on the groomed trail. I took the ‘advanced’ trail so I could give them a bit of a workout and they did very well. The stainless-steel 8-Trac™ toe crampons bit into the snow making uphill sections a breeze. The steel heel cleats provided enough traction for the downhill sections. For slopes of about 30°, these snowshoes have all the traction you need. I tested them on a much steeper 45° slope where I found that they had enough ‘bite’ to get up but definitely not enough to get down. Pointing down, I slid on the tubing. Trying to side step was even worse. I also attempted to traverse a steep slope with similar results. Without side traction, you just end up pivoting on the front crampons and then sliding on the tubing. That being said, these snowshoes were never intended for this type of terrain. I only mention it to warn that if you are a beginner looking to get into more aggressive backcountry terrain, these snowshows will not ‘grow with you.’
I did manage to scratch the paint where they sometimes scraped together as I walked but I say “the less pink paint the better!”
The Elektras are a great choice for groomed and easy to moderate trails including hills in the 30° range. They are light and comfortable with a nice binding system.
Price Paid: $170
I experienced the same problem with the binding. On a recent six-mile trek, I stopped almost every 15-20 minutes to re-strap my right foot into the snowshoe. I will be returning these and buying a different pair with a secure binding system. I gave it two stars because they are a good snowshoe...they just don't stay on when they are supposed to.
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Atlas Elektra 8 Series Snowshoes offer Atlas performance Free Rotating Suspension at the best value. No-hassle Strapp binding, with excellent arch support, gender-specific lasts, and Uniloop pull, all in a minimalist form. Deeper crampon penetration and the security of tempered steel heel cleats ensure confident steps. Forgiving Nytex decking and a proven aluminum V-frames offer superior durability no matter the conditions. Because the biomechanical differences between a man's stride and a woman's are just as important for beginners as they are for experts, the Atlas Elektra 8 Series features our proprietary Elektra frame designed for a woman's narrower stance.
New technology in the Atlas 8 series allows natural articulation of the foot and unparalleled freedom of movement for trail versatility.
Key Features of the Atlas Elektra 8 Series Snowshoes for WomenSpring-loaded suspensionElektra designV-FramesHeel lift barNytex deckingStrap bindingTwin-trac toe cramponAdvanced aft tractionHeel CleatAtlas Elektra 8 Series Snowshoes for WomenHave a lot more fun out in the snow with these Atlas Elektra 8 Series Snowshoes for Women. These snowshoes have been designed to get you across tough snowy and icy terrain. They have spring-loaded suspension to give you enhanced stability. The spring-loaded suspension also absorbs impact as you step on the hard ice and snow to keep strain from harming your feet and knees. The twin-trac toe crampon gives you more traction so that you do not accidentally slip. The strap bindings allow you to put them on and take them off fast in order to save time. They have been built with Nytex decking to protect them and provide durability so that they last for very long time to come. They also include heel cleats that are very useful for avoiding pain in your heels. Enjoy all your snow adventures as much as you can with these Atlas Elektra 8 Series Snowshoes for Women.
With a women-specific design, the Atlas Elektra 827 snowshoes offer plenty of comfort and ease of use for snowy adventuring on flat terrain. Tough frames are crafted from 6061 aluminum to create a stiff yet lightweight chassis and are shaped to facilitate a more natural stride. Designed for a woman's stance and stride, the optimized nose and tail shapes provide a balanced platform for stable footing and easy walking. Free-Rotating(TM) Suspension lets the binding rotate much farther forward than previous Atlas designs, freeing up the stride and reducing the amount of tail flip. The result of the design is that freedom of movement is increased, the toe crampon can bite into snow better and the foot is allowed a more natural rotation. Abrasion-resistant, lightweight Nytex(TM) nylon decks stay flexible when cold and stand up to the elements. Strapp(TM) bindings offer straightforward, no-fuss use with a webbing design that tightens snugly with a quick pull and heel straps that secure feet. Steel toe crampons supply sure-footed traction on snowy terrain; heel crampons increase traction while traversing and descending. Atlas Elektra 827 snowshoes' recommended load specification includes weight of hiker with gear. Closeout.