Atlas Race Snowshoes

GEAR OF THE YEAR: At just a hair over two pounds per pair, the Race is one of the lightest snowshoes on the planet, and its fixed binding felt “practically spring-loaded,” according to one snowshoe-racing tester. (The downside is that it kicks soft snow up over your head when you’re moving quickly.) Of course, you don’t need to run in your snowshoes to appreciate the Race. In all but the deepest snow and the most technical terrain, it proved more than adequate. The light but surprisingly durable titanium crampons kept us sure-footed on icy hills, and the V-shaped, 22-inch-long frame (the Race comes in only one unisex size) provided ample float in up to eight inches of fresh snow. And it did all that while weighing roughly half as much as the average snowshoe. 2.1 lbs

Grip: 3
Comfort: 5
Ease of Use: 5

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