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Atlas Race vs Run Snowshoes
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Locale: Greater Gila
Atlas Race vs Run Snowshoes on 11/11/2011 09:04:37 MST Print View

So I've found myself with access to a Atlas prodeal and need to decide if the Race is worth an extra $70 over the Run. Of course the weight is a bit different, as the Race is over half a lb lighter, and also has titanium crampons. Obviously the titanium crampons make it better for walking over exposed rock without dulling the points. Does this really matter for occasional use?

Does anyone have experience with either or both of these snowshoes? I believe I read that the attachment/harness on the Run is sturdier? Although the crampons clearly aren't. Are both just as strong/weak on icy traverses? Thoughts ideas, etc?

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Atlas Race vs Run Snowshoes on 11/11/2011 09:50:52 MST Print View

Hi Eric,

I have a pair of Races, three or four years old (and I don't know if the design has changed in the meantime).

They're sure nice and light compared to other shoes. The crampons are smallish and while traction is good up and downslope it's lacking when I'm traveling sideslope. I've not had any durability issues. The harness isn't the easiest to adjust but seems okay with a variety of footwear.

Have never seen a pair of Runs, so I can't make a comparison, but the Races are my first choice unless there's a lot of fresh snow they'd disappear into.