In the forests of the Teton mountain range, I’ve recently set off on several hikes with my 30-inch Atlas 9 Series snowshoes. I found $169.95 a very reasonable price for these shoes and I selected groomed trails for almost all of my walks.
I began with sky-high impressions of Atlas, the Seattle company which has been innovating at the leading edge of snowshoe performance since 1990. But it wasn’t long before I forgot the technical features touted by Atlas – the free-rotating suspension, the V-shaped toe, and the tapered tail – and simply enjoyed the superior snowshoeing experience these Atlas shoes make possible.
I began to walk through the winter landscape ahead of me with a smooth, efficient stride. As I take each step, this shoe pulls remarkably little snow. And as I moved forward I found it easy to walk straight and place my feet down precisely where I wanted them to land.
I tried the Atlas 9 Series shoes out on a variety of terrain. Through it all, my feet were held securely by the straps. I felt very little resistance as I moved forward each time. And I could maneuver through everything from flat meadows to rolling and uneven hills with moves so smooth that I felt like I was gliding.
No one out-excels Atlas at providing us with snowshoe experiences in which our feet are suspended in comfort while we reach unprecedented maneuverability.
The 9 Series has already provided me with many pleasant hours in the woods. With this 30-inch shoe, I sink less and float more than with a shoe that lacks Atlas innovation or that is shorter, and yet the 9 Series is long enough to enable me to enjoy long walks.
As I walk across the snow of the Teton wilderness, my cares vanish into the winter landscape. By allowing my feet to roll through a range of motions in a variety of terrain, Atlas 9 Series snowshoes let me enjoy my hiking experience even more. The Atlas 9 Series does exactly what Atlas says it will do – and more – and I find these shoes to be an exceptional return on the investment.
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