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Atlas Elektra Rendezvous Review

This a fantastic introductory snowshoe with great flotation, comfortable bindings, and a well-designed frame structure for accommodating a woman's gait.
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Price:  $140 List | $83.93 at REI
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Pros:  Affordable, great flotation, comfortable bindings, easy to walk in
Cons:  Not the best traction for steep terrain, back heel strap is finicky
Manufacturer:   Atlas
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 11, 2020
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RANKED
#6 of 8
  • Flotation - 30% 7
  • Traction - 25% 6
  • Stride Ergonomics - 15% 8
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Bindings - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Atlas Elektra Rendezvous is a well-performing snowshoe at a very reasonable price, making it a shoe-in (haha) for a Best Buy Award. Easy to walk in with impressive flotation, this is a great choice for beginner to intermediate terrain, whether on packed trails or out in deep snow. It falls a bit short on steep and icy slopes, but outside of that, it performs admirably in all areas. We find the Rendezvous to be an excellent option for beginner and seasoned winter enthusiasts alike.

New Color Available

Since our test cycle with the Rendezvous, Atlas has graced it with an updated colorway, pictured above. No technical specs or design aspects of the snowshoe have changed.

December 2019


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Rendezvous is a fun and stylish snowshoe designed for a narrower gait. It floats well in deep snow despite being one of the shortest shoes in our review. The binding system is intuitive, secure, and comfortable. For icy and steep terrain, this model isn't the best, but for beginner to intermediate trails and deep snow that doesn't get too steep, you will be well taken care of for an exceptionally nice price.

Performance Comparison


The Atlas Rendezvous is an all-around great performing snowshoe for beginner to intermediate terrain  all for a very nice price.
The Atlas Rendezvous is an all-around great performing snowshoe for beginner to intermediate terrain, all for a very nice price.

Flotation


Even though we tested the shorter length of the Rendezvous (23" — it's also available in 27") and pushed its recommended weight limit, this shoe performed really well.


The Rendezvous is incredibly lightweight (even in its larger size) without sacrificing a ton of surface area, a combo that aids in its ability to float like a pro. The fact that we were able to keep high on deep snow and also walk on packed trails with ease is evidence of good design.

The Rendezvous offers excellent floatation. We didn't even realize how deep of snow we were hiking in until we removed one shoe and promptly sunk a good foot and a half.
The Rendezvous offers excellent floatation. We didn't even realize how deep of snow we were hiking in until we removed one shoe and promptly sunk a good foot and a half.

Traction


The Rendezvous does not excel in the traction department. Despite a patented heel cleat meant to increase grip when on steep or varied terrain, it still can't measure up to many of the other models in our review.


There's no heel lift on this snowshoe, so climbing up steep hills feels awkward and requires quite a bit of extra energy. Getting back downhill can be a bit sketchy. Overall, we fared just fine, but if you're going to be on a lot of steep or icy terrain, there are better snowshoes to purchase.

The Rendezvous is well suited for variable and rolling terrain but isn't the best choice for overly steep icy hills. Getting up and down this hill was definitely a bit awkward and sketchy.
The Rendezvous is well suited for variable and rolling terrain but isn't the best choice for overly steep icy hills. Getting up and down this hill was definitely a bit awkward and sketchy.

Stride Ergonomics


We love walking in the Rendezvous!


Whether on packed trail or in deep snow, strolling along is easy and comfortable in this snowshoe, something we pay very close attention to for these women's specific models.

The Atlas Rendezvous is among our favorite models for being able to walk normally and naturally.
The Atlas Rendezvous is among our favorite models for being able to walk normally and naturally.

Ease of Use


This is another area where the Rendezvous excels. The combination of good stride ergonomics and a straightforward, intuitive binding system makes for an easy and pleasant experience.


We did have a few issues with the back heel strap being difficult to tighten enough to feel fully secure. Some users also felt that weaving their boot through the binding straps was a bit awkward (especially with larger boots). But, for most testers, these were minor and temporary inconveniences.

The Rendezvous has a straightforward binding system  though getting threaded through all the straps properly takes a moment of focus and balance. From there walking comfortably and naturally is a total breeze.
The Rendezvous has a straightforward binding system, though getting threaded through all the straps properly takes a moment of focus and balance. From there walking comfortably and naturally is a total breeze.

Bindings


The Rendezvous offers a decently secure binding system, though the back heel strap can be tricky to get tight enough. If you don't lock it in nice and tight, it tends to come loose when hiking. The strap material is also a bit stiffer and less stretchy than on other models.


Comfort, however, is top-notch. The front straps crisscross across the top of the foot and cinch evenly and uniformly by pulling a single loop. We felt secure without experiencing any pinch points or uneven areas.

We found the even cinch of the strap system on the Rendezvous to be among the most comfortable we tested.
We found the even cinch of the strap system on the Rendezvous to be among the most comfortable we tested.

Value


The Rendezvous is a great walking and floating snowshoe at a very approachable price — hence the Best Buy Award! While this is indeed an introductory model, it performed admirably across our rating metrics.

The Rendezvous is a decently secure system that's easy to use  though the back strap can be a bit awkward to get properly cinched  and if you don't secure it tight enough it can come loose while hiking.
The Rendezvous is a decently secure system that's easy to use, though the back strap can be a bit awkward to get properly cinched, and if you don't secure it tight enough it can come loose while hiking.

Conclusion


The Elektra Rendezvous is a fantastic entry-level snowshoe that will keep you floating high on snowdrifts without gouging your wallet. The binding is comfortable and easy to use, and all our smaller-framed testers could walk naturally without having to widen their gait. While this isn't the best choice for overly steep or icy terrain, we think it's a well-made snowshoe for most beginner to intermediate outings. It will last you for years to come for a non-cringe-worthy amount of money, exactly what we look for in our Best Buy winners.

The Rendezvous is a really pleasurable introductory snowshoe that is well-made and great for trail hiking and floating in deep snow.
The Rendezvous is a really pleasurable introductory snowshoe that is well-made and great for trail hiking and floating in deep snow.


Penney Garrett