Atlas 9 Series
Best snowshoes I've used. Have been super dependable…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: Not sure, maybe $180
Best snowshoes I've used. Have been super dependable and functional.
- Good bindings
- Work perfectly for intended purpose
- 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.
Read above. I'm an avid snowshoer and have used these on dozens and dozens of hikes.
Great quality basic snowshoe for non-mountaineering…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: About $150
Great quality basic snowshoe for non-mountaineering use. Comfortable stride and good grip, excellent bindings.
- Binding system is fast, simple, and secure
- FRS suspension
- 6061 aluminum frame
- Visually pleasing
- 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.