The Atlas snowshoes are simply the best. They are QUIET vs the MSRs which are LOUD. The heel lever makes going uphill just like climbing a set of stairs and really saves your calf muscles. You can walk backwards in these too because of the way the binding is set. Where you see the SLS in grey on the left and right of the binding - this acts as a spring so that the back of the snowshoe pops back up. Its a big deal. Crampons on the bottom work really well for snow and glacier travel. If you ever run across ice however... have you ice axe at the ready and don't loose your balance. They wont purchase as well standard crampons, but its not likely that most people will ever encounter that situation. I also heard that the British SAS use these. They are agile, light, and durable. Looking forward to many more years with these. Going on two years of heavy use.
Atlas is by far one of the most rugged and well made snowshoes on the market. I have had numerous days afield and in various conditions and these things worked like a dream. been very happy with the gear and very comfortable.
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