by Will Rietveld | 2006-01-29 03:00:00-07
A new snowshoe model for fall 2006 is the Atlas Backcountry 24. By all indications, Atlas has it right, with a proven combination of features, including Atlas’s Spring-Loaded Suspension, a simple urethane binding that lays flat, a strong 7075 aluminum frame, killer stainless steel toe, heel and lateral crampons, and a heel lift. I expect these snowshoes to be strong performers on the snow, and also appreciated when its time to pack them on your back – only 3.2 pounds per pair!
Photo right: New for fall 2006, the Atlas Backcountry 24 snowshoe weighs just 3.2 pounds, yet has a really nice feature set for backcountry travel. The Summit binding is urethane with tried-and-true hook-and-hole fasteners, and lays flat for easy packing.
The Backcountry is 24 inches long to provide a little better maneuverability and packability, but because of their shape they have the surface area and floatation of a 25 inch snowshoe.
Based on our initial impressions, the Backcountry 24 will be a great value at $199.
Photo above: The bottom side of the Atlas Backcountry 24, showing long stainless steel toe, heel, and lateral crampons and Spring-Loaded Suspension.
"Atlas Backcountry 24 Snowshoe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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