Gear Review: Atlas Aspect Snowshoes

From deep powder to hard, windpacked snow and ice, the Aspect handles it all.

From deep powder to hard, windpacked snow and ice, the Aspect handles it all. Credit the unique hybrid construction, which blends a standard tubular aluminum frame in the front section of the shoe and a blade-style aluminum frame on the back end with sharp teeth that cut into snow and ice for the firmest of grips. “I watched other snowshoers using different models slide and stumble down Sluiskin Ridge, but I was able to stay on my feet without a slip,” said one tester after a trek on Mt. Rainier. “The blades and crampons provide incredible grip on crusty snow, whether ascending, descending, or traversing.” Meanwhile, the traditional round tubing around the front of the shoe reduces drag as you move forward through soft snow, making this shoe equally smooth in champagne powder and wind-scoured ice.

The 28-inch model offered plenty of flotation for one 200-pound tester to carry an overnight pack into the Bitterroot Range for a weekend outing. “I like that the dimensions are small enough to make meandering through the trees easy, but big enough to keep me and my pack atop the snow even on the powder fields,” he says.

$270

4 lbs. 9 oz. (24-inch); 24 and 28 inches

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