Atlas Elektra 10 Snowshoe Review
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Walking in a half-foot of fresh powder is a cinch when wearing a Elektra 10 series snowshoe from Atlas. The Elektra 10’s incorporate Atlas’ patented Spring-Loaded Suspension system, which keeps the snowshoe close to your foot, allowing decreased energy expenditure, while also flexing during your stride to provide a more natural feel to each step. The Elektra 10’s have a beefy crampon system and metal ridges parallel to the snowshoe frame, known as Tranverse Trac, which when teamed together provide excellent traction when going downhill or traversing a side slope. These shoes have Atlas’ Wrapp Comfort binding system, which utilizes a EVA padding over upper foot to help eliminate hotspots from cinching the binding too tight and a snug fit with your boots. The Comfort system has a single pull that tightens at two positions along the upper foot and secures the heel all in one motion. We found these to easy to put on and take off, however when using the shoes, the bindings did loosen up quite a bit and the strap keeper, for excess binding strap, never did its job fully which resulted in the excess strap sometimes getting caught under the crampon. Tester’s liked the Elektra’s V-Frame technology which allows you to penetrate deep snow while the tapered tail and spring loading pull less snow up, allowing for a comfortable stride. The Elektra series does kick snow up at your rear, which is a result of its design to help decrease energy expenditure. We did not see this as a flaw to the shoes, but actually proof that the shoes are doing what they are suppose to. These shoes come in two sizes; 23 inches for women that weigh 80-160 lbs. and 27 inches for women that weight 120-200 lbs. Our testers wore the 27’s and ranged in weight from 120-160lb; the lighter testers liked wearing these shoes in fresh snow because of the added flotation that the extra length provided. Overall, the Elektra 10 series is a snow shoe that excels in fresh snow, but can also be used for more packed down trails thanks to its’ great traction control system. For more information on the Elektra 10 and other Atlas Snow shoes, please visit www.rei.com/atlas or www.amazon.com/atlas.