You might know of the many different iterations of Elektra (or Electra depending on your mythology of preference): Marvel super hero, Sophacles’ heroine, Freudian complex. As one of the most popular mythological (and comic book) characters, Elektra is recognized as a strong and resilient female character.
So it’s no wonder that, in the early 2000’s, Atlas engineers decided to build a line of female-specific snowshoes, and name it after her. (Not to mention the earlier Electra was one of the seven daughters of the Titan Atlas, but enough with the history lessons!)
When we talk about our female-specific snowshoes, we don’t just mean a change in color. The reason we don’t call the line “Atlas Women’s Snowshoes” is because it is, physically, a different shoe from the men’s, and therefore deserved its own name and design.
Elektra snowshoes are designed with a woman’s anatomy in mind. While studying the way women move, researchers note that women often have a narrower gait than men. Therefore, we needed to make snowshoes that allowed for that narrower step, specifically in the tail of the shoe (see our comparison above). When women are forced to walk in wider snowshoes, they’re going to expend more energy (try walking wider than is natural to you for a while, you’ll probably tire a lot faster). Therefore, a narrower shoe isn’t just necessary because of the weight factor, it actually helps the wearer save energy.
With snow starting to fall, now is the time to get yourself on the right snowshoes, built for you. Check out our Elektra line and see if it makes a difference on your hikes.
We here at Atlas Snow-Shoe Company feel incredibly lucky to have people who love our product. Our engineers spend years working on perfecting something as large as a crampon and as small as a buckle, and it’s pretty cool to see our fans out in the real world using the snowshoes to tackle a mountain, a race, or a family hike.
The benefit and the drawback of outdoor adventuring is that it’s often done in less-populated, quiet, areas. We want to show how much fun everyone is having on their snowshoes, but it’s hard sometimes! That’s where our ambassadors come in.
We are happy to announce our 2017/2018 Atlas Athlete Team. We received a LOT of applications to join this adventure and racing team. Our ambassadors reach far beyond this group; we welcome everyone to continue getting out there and sharing your adventures with us by tagging us on social @atlassnowshoes.
The Atlas Team represents people of all ages, geographic areas, skill levels, and they all have different goals for the next winter. Follow them on our blog, and on our social (@atlassnowshoes), to see where their snowshoes will take them.
“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.
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.