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Best snowshoes I've used. Have been super dependable…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: Not sure, maybe $180

Summary

Best snowshoes I've used. Have been super dependable and functional.

Pros

  • Durability
  • Good bindings
  • Work perfectly for intended purpose

Cons

  • They seem to "toe in" a bit, and I can't find a way to adjust that, though it's never caused any issues with hiking.

After several years and countless hikes, I can confidently say that these are high quality, functional, and durable snowshoes. I've used a number of others that either failed, broke, were fussy to use, or simply weren't comfortable. The Atlas 9 series has stood up.

The binding system is simple and solid. The materials are functional and durable. They do the job very well in terms of float, grip, and comfort, are reasonably light, and look good. They don't bind up with snow or ice, have a solid tube frame (unlike others I've used that failed after just a few uses), have robust crampons (again, I've had others break with minimal use), and are well balanced at the hinge point, meaning I've very rarely had any stumbles.

Experience

Read above. I'm an avid snowshoer and have used these on dozens and dozens of hikes.

Dean Myers

I seem to have posted 2 reviews on this product, oops my bad. Editor could delete this second review.


10 months ago

Great quality basic snowshoe for non-mountaineering…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: About $150

Summary

Great quality basic snowshoe for non-mountaineering use. Comfortable stride and good grip, excellent bindings.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Binding system is fast, simple, and secure
  • FRS suspension
  • 6061 aluminum frame
  • Visually pleasing

Cons

  • Black frame finish wears easily

After going through three other pairs of snowshoes that failed in the field (snapped frame, broken cleats, broken straps...) I finally ended up with these. They have stood the test of time over a few years on numerous trips, are the most comfortable ones I've had, have excellent and simple to use bindings, and look cool (to me).  

The suspension system is really good and the toe lift is just right for a natural step. I usually forget that I have them on. They're not made for heavy climbing, though I've climbed fairly steep slopes with them no problem. Good float and grip.  

The black finish on the frame has worn quite a bit, which is just cosmetic but still a bit disappointing. They can be had for a great price and come as a kit with poles and a carry bag which is a good grab. 


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G00SE

Thanks for the review, Dean. Living in Illinois, I rarely get to snowshoe, but when I do get to do it, it's a great activity.


3 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Dean. How steep of a slope have you use these snowshoes?


3 years ago
Dean Myers

Couldn't say in terms of actual grade, but enough that a heel lift would have been useful. The main cleats dig pretty deep. I find that with snowshoes, it's descending that is the limitation anyway...too much slope and you're practically skiing. That being said, I'm not about to risk traveling on avalanche slope anyway, and I carry climbing crampons for trickier terrain.


3 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks, Dean.


3 years ago
Old Guide

Nice review. Any chance you'd mention the brands of the failed shoes?


3 years ago
Dean Myers

My first ones were McKinley, the next two were both Tubbs. I would highly recommend that anyone wanting to snowshoe try renting some at first, and if deciding to do it a lot invest in some MSR or Atlas shoes. You get what you pay for.


3 years ago

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