Atlas Elektra Snowshoe Review
The snow is here and with snow comes some pretty awesome activities, one of those being snowshoeing and I can’t wait to try out these amazing Elektra 11 snowshoes by Atlas as soon as I can. Upon first inspection they look like they will perform very well and they have some really great features. Everything seems to be put together well and built to sustain long term use. They have an awesome color scheme and are built of high quality materials. The Atlas Snow-Shoe Company is always looking to improve their technologies in order to provide the highest degree of performance in every snowshoe they create.
The Elektra 11 series is built on the Atlas 6061 aluminum V-frame, durable stainless steel All-Trac toe crampon and flexible Nytex decking. They also have the added security of Atlas’s advanced Aft Traction and a climbing bar to ease strain on calf muscles. The Wrapp Plus bindings are perfectly molded to fit a women’s boot last with arches that cradle the inside of your feet, and the urethane heel strap adjusts easily with the SureClick Buckle, according to Atlas’s website. The frame of the Elektra features a narrower waist and tapered tail that makes it easier to explore deep terrain within a woman’s natural stride. The Elektra 11 Series MSR is $229.95 and they look extremely durable. Below are the two sizes that they come in; I am reviewing the 23 inch model.
A proprietary Atlas shape, our sturdy aluminum V-Frames are the key to an efficient, natural stride. The V shape tracks straight in deep snow, and the tapered tail pulls less snow as you step forward, saving your energy. The turned-up tail of the V-frame rolls easily into each step for a natural gait. Built with lightweight, durable 6000- and 7000-series aluminum, the V-frames are used on all Atlas snowshoes, including our new Youth Series.
An Atlas tenet from the beginning, Atlas’ patented Spring-Loaded™ Suspension (SLS) keeps the snowshoe close underfoot for easy maneuvering and suspends your foot so it can move freely with its intended articulation. The suspension absorbs impact and lets your foot flex naturally side-to-side for a comfortable, stable position on traverses and uneven terrain. SLS enhances traction control too, as the flex provides deeper crampon penetration into the slope, especially on steep or off-angle terrain.
The Elektra women’s designs grew from a two-year biomechanics research program to a deep line of successful women’s snowshoes that continue to lead the industry. Our Elektra frames are shaped to accommodate a woman’s natural gait, with tapered tails, a narrower nose and outside rolling bends that nest the snowshoes together comfortably. Since women’s needs are more than frame-deep, our binding designs are molded around a women’s boot last, offer increased arch support and use carefully-placed strapping and padding to eliminate pressure points and keep circulation moving in the cold.
Wrapp™ Plus Binding
The Wrapp™ Plus bindings are specially molded around men’s and women’s lasts, with supportive arches that cradle the inside of your feet, and the urethane heel strap adjusts easily with the SureClick™ buckle.
Heel Lift Bar
On steep climbs, calf muscles tire quickly and traction decreases when your foot matches the slope angle. The heel lift bar eases fatigue and ties directly into Advanced Aft Traction for grip.
All-Trac™ Toe Crampon
The time-tested geometry of our All-Trac™ toe crampon provides traction in all directions. Wider traction tabs on the sides and corners complement sharp front and rear points for confident hiking.
Advanced Aft Traction
Our surest grip comes from sharp ice tips on the heel cleat with four angled, ridged side rails for superior all-mountain traction. The integrated heel lift bar ties directly into the traction for deeper penetration with each step.
I already strapped them on and took them for a spin in my front yard and they were extremely easy to use. The Wrap Plus bindings are very easy to get on and off and have a quick release strap that is easy to use with gloved hands. The heel strap is also easy to get on with gloved hands and just as simple to remove. They feel comfortable with my stride and feel light in the snow. I have a little hill by my house, so I tried out the heel bar and it helped a lot to reduce my energy output. There are awesome how-to videos on Atlas’s website if you need any more help on how to use any of these features. I am looking forward to putting some miles on them and trying them out on different terrains and inclines. Check back soon to see how they hold up…