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An Ode to the Local Shop

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Oh, Mom & Pop Shop!

Thank you for being you.

You support our adventures. You don’t laugh when we walk into your store and tell you our dreams. You hi-five us and lend us advice.

Thank you for being you.

You empathize with us. We share stories of victorious climbs, and commiserate when a goal goes unreached. You encourage us to keep moving.

Thank you for being you.

You educate us. When we don’t know what gear to bring, or want advice on your favorite products, you provide the guidance we need to begin our journey outside of the store’s walls.

Thank you for being you.

You bring us together. Be it the local community or connecting us to outdoor enthusiasts across the globe. You work long hours putting on events, giving us advice, teaching new skills, keeping us safe on our journeys, and bringing together new friends.

Thank you for being you.

Signed,

The Atlas Snow-Shoe Company

We encourage everyone to shop local this holiday season. Your local Atlas dealers can be found on our homepage. These dealers are leaders in your outdoor community and we are proud to direct you to them for your purchase needs, customer service, advice, or just to have a community of like-minded enthusiasts. Happy shopping everyone!

 

 

Which Shoe For Someone New?

 

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By Jill Nazeer, Atlas Marketing Specialist

Hello out there in snowshoe land. You don’t know me. I’m the marketing specialist for Atlas Snowshoes. I have the best job ever—getting to help people explore the outdoors. I have a secret to admit though… I’m from a large city where snowshoeing was something you did once a year, on vacation, which inevitably was a 2-hour drive in any direction.

When I came to work here I immersed myself in snowshoes, sitting with our engineers for hours hearing about recreational crampons and Nytex decking. I thought, “Wow, this technology is awesome!” (which it is). Next thought was, “But how does this translate to an average Joe or Jane?” As much as we wish we could build holograms of our engineers and send them out to the public, we don’t have the ability (yet).

If you’re an experienced snowshoer or someone completely new, do you REALLY know the meaning of all of these trademarked technological names? How would you find the shoe for you?

The only way to solve the dilemma was to take it to the hills! We’re honored to be located in Seattle, Wash., where snow and mountains are only a short drive away. So I packed the car with every snowshoe that would fit (including some non-Atlas shoes, to be fair to everyone), picked up our Sales Manager and a new-to-snowshoeing (read: unbiased) friend, and we trucked out to Snoqualmie Pass.

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And so we walked. We walked up, we walked down, we walked flats, we walked hills, we walked through rain and snow (because…Seattle) and we compared. Want to know what we found out? Our snowshoes are pretty darn awesome. It was really hard to determine which we liked more based on comfort, so we had to get picky.

Here is the process we recommend as you consider a snowshoe:

1) Conditions

Our engineers (like I said, they’re really smart) have determined the perfect conditions for every snowshoe. There are categories of shoes called Backcountry, Peak Series, and Trail Walking. The category you pick means you’ll have the right crampon (traction) for your activity.

Q) But what does that mean?
A) In Laymen’s terms:

  • Backcountry = You’re hiking to the top of a summit or on very technical terrain and need something light, durable, and with really solid traction.
  • Peak = You are to a—you guessed it—peak. Still technical, but you don’t necessarily need death-grip levels of traction.
  • Trail = You need shoes that will get you around on flats or moderate hills.

Once we picked the right category of shoe, we looked at what was within that category. The choices might seem overwhelming, but stick with us here.

2) Bindings

Atlas has several kinds of bindings with fancy names, but really you can see the difference by looking at them. Do you like a few fabric straps? Would you prefer only two straps with a single pull cord? How about a Boa closure?

Q) What’s Boa?
A) You may have seen their products in other places like cycling shoes, golf shoes, snowboard boots, or helmets. Check them out here: https://www.theboasystem.com/

3) Suspension

Atlas has a few names for suspension abbreviated with SLS and LRS, but really they might as well be titled “more snowflip” and “less snowflip”.

Q) What’s snowflip??
A) Don’t worry, I got you. Snowflip is how much snow the shoe digs up and flips back at you as you walk. Ever walked through a lot of mud and realized it was all over the back of your legs later? Snowflip my friends. Some people don’t notice this at all, but some are bothered by it. It’s all about personal choice.

Q) Wouldn’t I just always pick less snowflip?
A) Not necessarily. There are other differences between SLS and LRS. SLS lets the crampon sink deeper into the snow, so it absorbs impact and is easier for you to walk on technical terrain. LRS is great for mellow terrain since it allows for a more natural stride.

4) Size

Snowshoe sizing has little to do with your shoe size, or height, or gender. It’s really all about load, aka how much weight the snowshoes will be carrying. And not just your weight, but the weight of your pack, or snowboard, or picnic basket lunch, or whatever you’re carrying as you walk on those shoes

5) Color

JUST KIDDING, YOU SHOULDN’T BUY ANY TECHNICAL SHOES BASED ON COLOR! Don’t worry, though, all of our colors are pretty great.

In the end, we all liked different shoes for different reasons. And that’d be the same for you as well. You might love a certain binding because it’s easiest to use, or you know you’re walking to the top of Mt Baker and need something technical, or you want to buy a gift for Granny so she can walk to the end of her driveway to get the mail. It’s always best to go into a shop, or attend a demo event, and look at the shoes, touch them, play with them, and ask the employees for help if you need it. But I hope this helps decipher some of the lingo. And hey…don’t you feel just a little bit smarter now?

Need help finding a local dealer? Here you go! http://en-us.atlassnowshoe.com/dealers

Have shoes but don’t know where to go now? We’ve got your back. http://snowshoes.com/

Q) Wait, I’ve read to the end and you haven’t told me which snowshoes you liked best?!
A) Nope, sorry. That’s like asking us to pick our favorite child. It really just depends on the day. Happy snowshoe hunting!

Gear Review: Atlas Snowshoes for Kids

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Caption: Smuggler Notch Family Snowshoe Programs include the Family Snowshoe Cider Walk, which is an educational and fun guided trek on the special kids’ trail, followed by hot apple cider at the Nordic Center. The resort carries a full line of Atlas Snowshoes for kids.

Looking to buy new snowshoes for your kids? Check out Backcountry.com’s  Atlas kids’ snowshoe gear reviews to help you choose the best model snowshoes for your girls and boys.


Atlas Mini Snowshoe – Girls Turn Her Into A Winter Adventurer.

It’s amazing how a snowstorm can transform a landscape into a magical new realm, especially for curious kids exploring backyard trails and forests in the wintertime. Satisfy your budding explorer’s thirst for wintertime adventure with the Atlas Girls’ Mini Snowshoe. This lightweight, vibrantly colored snowshoe makes learning fun and easy, meaning she’ll be hooked from the minute she slides it on ’til the very last mile of the hike. The signature snowflake traction leaves a fun pattern in the snow, so she can retrace her steps back to the car.

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The Mini Snowshoe is ideal for girls ranging from four-to-eight years old, thanks to a fully adjustable Grom binding that comfortably secures without pressure points. Dual adjustments along the binding’s instep and heel accommodate rapidly growing feet. The rotating toe cord offers an efficient stride across snowy landscapes, also digging the steel crampon into hardpack snow and icy trails with sure-footed grip.

  • Makes snowshoeing fun and intuitive
  • Fits girls from four to eight years old
  • Grom binding secures without pressure points
  • Rotating steel toe cord for walking efficiency
  • Steel crampon digs into icy surfaces and trails
  • Signature snowflake traction along bottom

Atlas Sprout Snowshoe – Boys Wintertime Fun Is Calling.

Introduce your budding explorer to the wintry wonderland of snowy forests and hiking trails with the Atlas Boys’ Sprout Snowshoe. This fun-loving snowshoe is decked out in fun colors and lightweight materials, making snowshoeing fun and easy for first time users. Snowflake traction along the bottom leaves a fun pattern in the snow, so he can retrace his steps on the way back to the car.

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The Sprout Snowshoe is ideal for kids ranging from four-to-eight years old, thanks to its fully adjustable Grom binding that comfortably secures without pressure points. Dual adjustments along the binding’s instep and heel accommodate rapidly growing kids while securing comfortably without pressure points. The rotating toe cord offers an efficient stride across snowy landscapes, helping to dig the steel crampon into hardpack snow and icy trails with sure-footed traction.

  • Makes snowshoeing fun and intuitive
  • Fits kids from four to eight years old
  • Grom binding secures without pressure points
  • Rotating steel toe cord for walking efficiency
  • Steel crampon digs into icy surfaces and trails
  • Signature snowflake traction along bottom

Atlas Echo Snowshoe – Girls Get Her Hooked On Wintertime.

Get your little lady hooked on exploring snow-covered environments with the Atlas Girls’ Echo Snowshoe. Let’s face it; most kids don’t want to use something if it doesn’t look cool. That’s why Atlas hooked up the Echo Snowshoe with fun-loving graphics and bright colors. They’re primarily designed for groomed trails, cross-country loops, and flat-to-gently rolling terrain.

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The Echo Snowshoe adjusts to fit girls from eight to twelve years old. The Grom binding provides a secure fit without hassle, so she can enjoy the outdoor experience without the need for constant adjustments. The Fixed Toe Cord snugly wraps her boots for maximum security as she walks across snowy fields and forests. Made from lightweight aluminum, the V-frame makes walking as easy as possible with its pinched-in tail and curved design. This shape shakes off snow with each step, so she’s not carrying extra weight. It also promotes a natural gait that’s intuitive for beginners.

  • Inspire her to explore winter landscapes
  • Fits young girls from 8 to 12-years old
  • Designed for groomed trails and flat-to-rolling terrain
  • V-Frame promotes easy walking across snowy environments
  • Grom binding is intuitive to use for beginners
  • Fixed Toe Cord wraps her boots for a secure fit
  • Tempered steel crampons for extra grip across ice

Atlas Spark Snowshoe – Boys Keep The Spark Alive For Playing Outside.

Just because winter has rolled into town for the season, doesn’t mean that your kiddo has to forgo playing outside on account of a little snow. Instead, layer him up in his warmest sweaters, strap the Atlas Boys’ Spark Snowshoe to his feet, and get to tromping around.

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This kid-specific Spark snowshoe is built for young outdoor enthusiasts who range between the ages of eight and 12. Additionally, it features a size that adapts with your growing spitfire and is constructed with durable kid-friendly materials. The Grom Binding touts a molded tongue that provides a pressure-free fit and reduces the hassle of straps. Meanwhile, the fixed toe ensures that the snowshoe stays secure underfoot. And this fixed toe technology offers easy maneuverability, which is optimal for kids who are constantly on the go. The durable Atlas V-frame and tempered steel toe and heel traction assure paramount grip underfoot, so your little sparkplug can keep trucking until the cows come home.

  • A kid-friendly snowshoe for romping in deep snow
  • Atlas V-frame is lightweight and durable
  • Fixed toe ensures snowshoe stays secure
  • Grom Binding provides warmth and pressure-free fit
  • Heel and toe traction promote grip underfoot

SHOP ATLAS KIDS SNOWSHOES

Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoe Kit Five Star Gear Review

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Backcountry.com blogger Rob Wykoff with family. He gives the Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoe Kit a five star gear review.

“I got two Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoe Kits for my mom this Christmas and she was super excited, so we wanted to take them out that afternoon. While I am male who is 6 foot 2 inches, 185 pounds with a US12 shoe size, I decided I would use the second set to snowshoe with her. They worked perfectly! The adjustable poles are quite solid and easy to use, just like the snow shoes themselves. We used the snowshoes on mainly packed trails and a little unpacked powder, and they worked very well. I would recommend these to anyone looking to get a very “solid” set of snowshoes and poles!”


Backcountry.com’s gear review praises the Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoe Kit for their great performance and value. The kit includes a pair Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoes, two 6000 series two-part poles, and a zippered snowshoe tote for easy carrying and storage, and ensures you’re fully prepared to dive into the world of snowshoeing.

Why Choose Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoes

The perfect blend of comfort and function, the Rendezvous features Light-Ride Suspension, which enables your foot to articulate naturally and cushions impact for smooth striding on mellower terrain. Engineered for efficiency with every step, the hassle-free Strapp binding offers a Wrapp binding function that provides molded arch support, a one-pull, Uniloop design, and a lightweight, minimalist construction to allow you to stay out on the trail longer.

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Flexible Nytex decking is forgiving and quiet when hiking on extra cold days, and provides durability without the weight, while the heel cleat adds traction and stability for climbing, descending, and traversing varied terrain. Built with lightweight, durable 6000- and 7000-series aluminum, the sturdy V-frame tracks straight in deep snow, and the tapered tail pulls less snow as you step forward to help you conserve your energy. To give you sure-footing on two planes, the Twin-Trac toe crampon uses a sturdy row of front points and two side teeth to keep your foot from twisting.

  • Aluminum V-frame
  • Strapp binding
  • Nytex decking
  • Twin-Trac toe crampon
  • Light-Ride Suspension
  • Heel cleat
  • Includes two 6000-series two-part poles
  • Zippered snowshoe tote