Gear Review: Atlas 10 Series Trail Snowshoe - Backpacker

Gear Review: Atlas 10 Series Trail Snowshoe

These bargain snowshoes–under $200–excelled on rolling hills and meadows.


These all-arounders excel on rolling hills and meadows–the type of terrain where most snowshoe trails are found. The broad oval frames maximize flotation, and the slight tail taper makes them easy to maneuver. They also handle moderately steep terrain confidently; the sharp steel crampons dig into ice and heavy crust, and angled heel cleats provide firm lateral grip and prevent heel slip.

The men's version provides adequate flotation in all but the deepest snow. The women's version (called the Elektra) is slightly undersized at the smaller end of the range (23 inches), making it best for more compact snow. The binding's webbing straps securely held boots and caused no pressure or pinch points. When the webbing gets wet in slushy conditions, however, the plastic buckles on the bindings are somewhat difficult to release. $180; 3 lbs. 15 oz.; 25-, 30-, and 35-inch for men; 23- and 27-inch for women;