Snow-Mobiles - Page 2
Atlas Race 22
2.16 pounds per pair, $320, www.atlassnowshoe.com
Review by Caitlyn OFlaherty
The aluminum-frame Atlas Race Snowshoes might be the lightest racing snowshoe on the market, weighing in at just over two pounds. In my tests, the Lightspeed Pro bindings provided a snug and supportive fit. A combination of the spring-loaded suspension system and the tight, rubbery webbing of the straps held my shoe securely, while allowing enough flexibility for the natural movement of my foot.
A solid heel strap also wrapped my foot well, though the excess strap didn’t tuck away quite as nicely as I would have liked. The Nytex decking created a mobile and malleable platform, even in cold temps. I found its flexibility beneficial as I failed to avoid rocks and branches under the shallow snowpack, putting the durability of the material to the test.
The Race’s tapered shape allowed for a comfortable stride and natural foot strike, and enhanced floatation by reducing the build-up of snow and subsequent drag.
Titanium toe and heel crampons allowed for efficient climbing and descending, even on icy snow.
Kahtoola Mtn 24 Snowshoe
3.15 pounds per pair, $279, www.kahtoola.com
Review by Carole Anderson
While the Mtn 24 might not be the lightest snowshoe, it ranks high on the diversity scale—the setup can be used as snowshoes, or, pull the crampons off the deck and use crampons alone with your running shoes to traverse icy patches.
Kahtoola's step-in binding system is easy to use, with no need to remove gloves to adjust and secure them—a big plus in frigid temps.
Toothy crampons dug into steep, snowy inclines and provided excellent grip even across ice patches and a frozen creek. Plus, a wide deck provided exceptional floatation. The Mtn 24 Snowshoe is built for backcountry adventure.