Atlas is revamping most of their snowshoe line for 2006, which involves shifting some of their popular features down their lineup. Their successful “Spring-Loaded Suspension” will be added to most of their line for fall 2006. With the changes, basically you are getting more snowshoe for the money.
Photo: New for fall 2006, the Atlas 13-Series will be the new top of the line snowshoe. Weight per pair is 3.8 pounds.
The new top of the line model is the 13-Series, which sports a nice feature set while keeping weight down to 3.8 pounds per pair. Innovative new features are a flattened tubular frame at the toe and rear sides for more surface area and strength, a new carbon fiber foot plate, and a new Flex binding that holds your foot securely by clamping to the welt on your boot, eliminating the need for a heel strap. It also includes a heel lift.
(Above) The 13-Series features Atlas’s new Flex free heel binding that clamps to the welt on your boots and has no heel strap. The foot plate is carbon fiber. The pivot strap is Atlas’s Spring Loaded Suspension.
Specifications and Features
Style: tubular aluminum frame snowshoes with pivot strap
Frame material: 7075 aluminum alloy
Crampons: stainless steel toe, heel, and lateral
Binding: Flex free heel design
Weight 3.8 pounds per pair
"Atlas 13 Series Snowshoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/atlas_13_series_snowshoes_orwm06.html, 2006-01-29 03:00:00-07.