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Gear Review: All-around Recreation with Atlas Elektra Women’s Snowshoes


By Briana Valoros, Outdoor Gear Lab

The Atlas Elektra line of women’s snowshoes has a femininely designed decking paired with anatomical frame shapes that join to create an excellent all-around pair of women’s snowshoes.

The Atlas Elektras brings some backcountry technicalities to an all-around recreation snowshoe. The crampons fall between semi-aggressive and aggressive traction. Zodiac toe crampons are on a fixed rotation traction system while the Stabilock bindings grip beneath the heel. The frames are constructed of 7075 aluminum, which is the lightest framing material of any of the other pairs in our review. Technically advanced features from the reputable brand, Atlas, paired with a stylish feminine design make the Elektras an excellent selection for on and off trail snowshoe hiking for someone with a narrow gait.

Performance Comparison
The Atlas Elektra Snowshoe line has a feminine design combined with technical features such as a semi-aggressive traction system and the lightest frame weight.

The size-to-weight ratio of the Atlas Elektra snowshoes equate to excellent flotation. The Elektras have a narrow frame shape designed for the narrow gait of a woman’s stride and therefore have less surface area. More surface area directly relates to better flotation, and if they had a slightly wider frame, they may achieve better flotation. The Duratek nylon decking and aluminum frames maintain the best flotation in recreational terrain. The narrow gait of the women’s specific Elektra snowshoes is ideal for striding forward.

These snowshoes have fixed rotation bindings with Zodiac crampons beneath the toes and Stabilock crampons beneath the heels. The crampon orientation and design is semi-aggressive. They have the best traction on packed snow that is flat to moderately steep.


No Hands, No Poles
Atlas Elektra Snowshoes have semi-aggressive traction that straddle the line between an ideal recreation specific model and an ideal backcountry snowshoe.

Ease of Use
The Wrapp Pro bindings on the Elektra snowshoes are unique in design and function. Silicone straps that look similar to rubber bands cross over the top of the feet and through a low friction buckle system that secures closed with a flip of the handle. Silicone bands secure the bindings of the Atlas Elektras. They look like rubber bands but offer the security and flexibility of durable rubber straps.

Security on Foot
The easy-to-use Boa® Closure system bindings secure the boots onto the snowshoes and remain fastened while active. The length of the tails add security and stability, but we found the most comfort with poles. Security on foot is excellent on packed snow as well as fresh snow. We didn’t experience any issues concerning the bindings or traction systems loosening.

Best Applications
Atlas Elektra snowshoes are ideal on intermediate trails and in moderate backcountry conditions including some mountainous, non-technical terrain. They are suitable for novices and experts, but excel in the middle space between the two extremes. They have semi-aggressive traction systems that are appropriate in some backcountry applications such as moderately steep terrain and snow. They are ideal for petite women hiking on intermediate terrain.

Atlas Elektra women’s specific snowshoes ideal in the moderate range of terrain conditions, offering a balance between on-trail and off-trail snowshoeing.


Trail Runs in Your Region


trail running northwest

OREGON — McKenzie River Trail, Sisters
Old growth forest, crystal clear river pools, and waterfalls make this 26-mile trail a beautiful example of the Pacific Northwest.

WASHINGTON — Moran State Park, Orcas Island
Take in the sweeping views of the surrounding San Juan Islands on this 6.7-mile run, with an elevation gain of 1500 ft.

MONTANA — River Trail, Missoula
While this trail begins Downtown along the popular Missoula waterfront, the trail quickly leaves town as it tracks along the river. Wide and flat, this trail is great for a mellow run.

WYOMING — Goodwin Lake Trail, Jackson
Spectacular views of the Tetons is one of the reasons why this is a must-run trail. Pine forest, sagebrush hillsides, and meadows full of wildflowers, this trail is a perfect example of Wyoming’s landscape.

trail run NE

MAINE — Carriage Roads, Acadia National Park
Woodland roads and stone bridges run for 57 car-free miles in Acadia National Park. Take a run in the fall to experience the Northeast’s changing colors.

VERMONT — The Long Trail, Winhall
While some hikers choose to through-hike the nearly 300-mile trail, runners can enjoy sections of the century-old trail. The stretch near Winhall routes near winter ski resorts.

MICHIGAN — Potawatomi Trail, Ann Arbor
Open only March through November, this 17.5-mile loop has a maintained trail with a few great climbs. Enjoy the views of the lake, but watch out for roots!

WISCONSIN — Ice Age National Scenic Trail, La Grange
Home of the 50-mile ultra, Ice Age Trail 50, this trail takes you through Wisconsin’s glacial formed landscapes. 50 miles too much? Enjoy a shorter section of the 1,000-mile trail.

trail running southwest

COLORADO — Mesa Trail, Boulder
For a long run with a good amount of elevation gain, head to the Mesa Trail. 13.4 miles roundtrip, with 3,200+ ft. elevation covered, this trail will get your lungs going.

UTAH — Dinosaur Stomping Ground Tracks, Moab
Dinosaur tracks? Yes! Run this quick 3-mile out-and-back trail for quintessential Moab views and real dinosaur footprint trace fossils.

ARIZONA — Arizona Trail, Walnut Canyon
The entirety of the Arizona National Scenic Trail stretches 817 miles, but if you run Section #31, including Walnut Canyon, you’ll have the chance to take in the remnants of ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings.

NEVADA — Tahoe Rim Trail, Incline Village
This 165-mile loop trail travels along the ridges surrounding the Lake Tahoe area. Whatever section you choose to run, you’re guaranteed amazing views.

south east trail runs

TEXAS — Barton Creek Greenbelt, Austin
This nearly 8-mile trail runs along Barton Creek Southwest of the city. In the summer, be sure to wear your quick-dry shorts and enjoy a plunge in the water!

TENNESSEE — Warner Park Trail Systems, Nashville
A short distance outside the city—this trail system offers 12 miles of dirt trails, and even two designated cross country courses. Suggested running tunes—be sure to add a few local Nashville musical artists to your playlist!

ALABAMA — Double Oak Trail, Pelham
Located in Oak Mountain State Park, the Double Oak Trail is a 17-mile loop through a pine tree forest. Roots and rocks stud the dirt to keep you on your toes.

NORTH CAROLINA — Shut-in Trail, Asheville
Songs declare their love for the Blue Ridge Mountains, and you might too, if you run all or part of this 16.3-mile trail. Enjoy the hardwood forests and views of rolling hills with 3,000 ft. of vertical gain.