Parents may have appreciated hearing about Tubbs’ upcoming FLEX Hike Snowshoes for pre-teens, but a new 2016 lineup from Atlas is more likely to pander to their own snowshoeing interests. Called the Atlas Peak Series, the new snowshoes will make their debut in January at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. The line will hit stores later in 2016. A specific release date was not announced.
Comprised of six gender-specific snowshoes (three each for Men and Women), the Atlas Peak Series will introduce Atlas’ first binding setup featuring the Boa Closure system. Atlas is calling it “Wrapp Helix.” The snowshoes will also include Atlas‘ Spring-Loaded Suspension (SLS) system.
Atlas will launch the new Atlas Peak Series just one year after debuting its Trail Series. Whereas the Trail Series may have caused a bit of confusion about how the snowshoes were different, Atlas’ Peak Series will have more pronounced technical nuance between the three models.
The Montane model will come in a men’s (Montane, shown far left above) and women’s (Elektra Montane) version, with both iterations retailing for $199.95. Both will feature 6061 Aluminum V-Frames, Spring-Loaded Suspension, Wrapp Swift Binding and Nytex Decking. The Montane will also feature a Heel Lift Bar, All-Trac Toe Crampon and Traverse-Trac Rails.
Atlas’ new Stratus model will be quite similar, with the men’s (Stratus, shown in the center above) and women’s (Elektra Stratus) retailing for $249.95. The only difference between the Montane and Stratus will be the binding. The Stratus will feature the Wrapp Helix Binding with the Boa Closure System.
The third snowshoe in the new Atlas Peak Series, the Serrate (men’s) and Elektra Serrate (women’s), represents the best this line has to offer. In addition to the Spring-Loaded Suspension, Nytex Decking and Heel Lift Bar, the Serrate will feature updgraded 7075 ReactiV V-Frames, Wrapp Pro Binding, Zodiac Toe Crampon and StabiLock Rear Traction. All that function comes with a price, of course. The Serrate models will retail for $289.95.
“Our goal with the Peak Series is to present a unique line of snowshoes with precision suspension, each with their own degree of traction and performance bindings,” said Atlas marketing manager Kelsey Boyce. “The Peak Series is for the snowshoer looking to go further, with performance features to tackle technical terrain.”
In other words, if you’re excited by the specs of the Atlas Peak Series, you’re probably looking for more technical horsepower that previous Atlas snowshoes have offered.