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.
Specifications and Features
- Style: tubular aluminum frame snowshoes with pivot strap
- Frame material: 7075 aluminum alloy
- Deck: Durateck
- Crampons: stainless steel toe, heel, and lateral
- Binding: Summit urethane hook and hole straps, two over the toe area plus a heel strap
- Weight: 3.2 pounds
- MSRP: $199