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Atlas Range-MTN - Women's Review

A high-performing, all-terrain snowshoe with a comfortable and easy-to-adjust binding system and excellent traction
atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review
The Range-Mtn is an absolute dream to hike in.
Credit: Matthew Blake
Price:  $320 List
Manufacturer:   Atlas
By Hayley Thomas ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 23, 2022
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RANKED
#2 of 13
  • Flotation - 30% 8.0
  • Traction - 25% 8.0
  • Stride Ergonomics - 15% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9.0
  • Bindings - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Atlas Range-MTN is expertly crafted with a truly comfortable binding system and a durable single-piece construction frame. The Nytex Infinity Decking is lightweight and offers solid float in fresh deep powder, while the carbon steel cramping and serrated aluminum traction rails work together to offer amazing traction on ice and packed snow. The pivot limiter and general shape of the Range-MTN make for a very natural stride, even for those with a narrow gait. While this snowshoe is not a particularly inexpensive option, it is well worth the extra money if you're looking for an easy-to-use snowshoe with a comfortable binding that can tackle most terrains equally.
REASONS TO BUY
Great for varied terrain
Comfortable bindings
Super easy to use
Good floatation
Large crampon and traction rails
Pivot limiter for a natural stride
Well-rounded
REASONS TO AVOID
Traction suffers a little while descending
Expensive

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Pros Great for varied terrain, comfortable bindings, super easy to use, good floatation, large crampon and traction rails, pivot limiter for a natural stride, well-roundedStellar traction, heel lifts for steep terrain, easy to use, add-on flotation tail compatibleComfortable and simple binding system, carbon steel crampons, uniquely placed heel crampons, quietEasy and natural stride, unique 3-crampon traction system, easy binding systemAffordable, stellar traction, wide fit bindings
Cons Traction suffers a little while descending, expensiveExpensive, front of binding difficult to navigate with thick gloves on, side and back stepping are laboriousExtra rotation causes shin impact, mediocre flotation on fresh snowSubpar float on unpacked snow, only supports 200 pounds, bulky heel liftLoud on packed snow, duck waddle for those with a narrower gait, straps can flow around a little
Bottom Line A high-performing, all-terrain snowshoe with a comfortable and easy-to-adjust binding system and excellent tractionThis is a serious snowshoe for people that want superior traction and versatility while out in steep and variable backcountry terrainWith its outstandingly comfortable binding system, decent floatation, and stellar traction, this snowshoe is perfect for casual useA snowshoe with an extreme teardrop shape and three hefty crampons for a natural stride and extra tractionThis affordable shoe is equipped with stellar traction and versatile bindings, making it a wonderful pick for varied terrain levels and snow types
Rating Categories Atlas Range-MTN - W... MSR Lightning Ascent Tubbs Wilderness -... Crescent Moon Leadv... MSR Evo Trail Snows...
Flotation (30%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Traction (25%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Stride Ergonomics (15%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
10.0
7.0
Ease of Use (15%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Bindings (15%)
9.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Specs Atlas Range-MTN - W... MSR Lightning Ascent Tubbs Wilderness -... Crescent Moon Leadv... MSR Evo Trail Snows...
Uses Mountain terrain All terrain Day hiking Technical mountain terrain and packed snow Flat and variable rolling terrain
Optimum Weight Load (per size) 22": 75-150 lbs
26": 120-200+ lbs
22": up to 180 lbs
25": 120-210 lbs
21": 80-150 lbs
25": 120-200 lbs
30": 170-250 lbs
Up to 200 lbs 180 lbs
Weight (per pair) 4 lbs 3.8 lbs 4.1 lbs 4.2 lbs 4.0 lbs
Binding Mount Full Full Full Full Full
Binding System Wrapp MTN, Boa Fit Paragon Binding Quick-Fit Binding Cam buckle quick pull loop and ratchet heel strap Paraglide
Crampon X-Trac toe crampon DTX Crampon Cobra Toe Crampon
Tubbs Heel Crampon
3 stainless steel crampon system featuring the climbing "toe" claw design Steel traction rails
Frame Material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Martensitic steel
Deck Material Nytex nylon Nylon Nylon Nylon Polypropylene
Surface Area (for tested size) 266.4 in² 179.2 in² 228.0 in² 192.9 in² 174.5 in² without tails, 220 in² with
Dimensions 26" x 7.5" 7.25" x 25" 9" x 30" 9.5" x 29" 8" x 22"
Flotation Tails Available? No Yes, 5" No No Yes, 6"
Load with Tails (per size) N/A 22": up to 240 lbs
25": up to 270 lbs
N/A N/A Up to 250 lbs
Men's and Women's Versions? Yes Yes Yes Yes Unisex
Sizes Available 22", 26" 22", 25" 21", 25", 30" 29" 22"
Size Tested 26" 25" 25" 29" 22" plus 6" add-on tails

Our Analysis and Test Results

This four-pound snowshoe is offered in two sizes to accommodate a decently wide range of bodies from 75 to over 200 pounds. The full binding mount is secure, comfortable, and easy to use, and the pivot limiter offers an organic stride. Read on to see how the Atlas Range-MTN held up to our rigorous testing.

Performance Comparison


atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - the range-mtn can take on most terrains with style and comfort.
The Range-MTN can take on most terrains with style and comfort.
Credit: Matthew Blake


Flotation


The Range-MTN offers ample decking and lightweight material, which is the perfect combination for float. While it does have some heavier components, Atlas does a great job of keeping them to a minimum.


Generally speaking, the more decking, the more float, but there are many factors at work here. The more material, the heavier the shoe, which can negatively affect the float. The Range-MTN is widest at the ball of the foot, around 7.5 inches, and narrows by the heel and toe, offering a sleek construction that still offers admirable surface area.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - the range-mtn offers pretty great float for a sleek snowshoe.
The Range-MTN offers pretty great float for a sleek snowshoe.
Credit: Matthew Blake

The Nytex Infinity Decking is a lightweight nylon and spans the entire snowshoe offering solid float on fresh snow. The single-piece construction of the Reactiv-Trac Frame eliminates the need for unnecessarily heavy hardware on a large, 26-inch-long snowshoe. The aluminum traction rails run two-thirds the length of the shoe, which provides plenty of traction without weighing it down. The Range-MTN weighs a little over four pounds, which is light for the length and surface area it provides, ensuring that the weight does not negatively affect the float.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - our feet still sink into fresh powder but you won't find yourself up...
Our feet still sink into fresh powder but you won't find yourself up to your knees.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Traction


Atlas refers to the Range-MTN as its "go anywhere, do anything" snowshoe, and the amazing traction plays a huge role in this. From the hefty toe crampon to the serrated traction rails, it performs impeccably on a variety of terrains.


The aluminum traction rails line two-thirds of the snowshoe's perimeter. These teeth are angled backward, making it easy to tack steep terrain, even if it's sheer ice. Unfortunately, these serrated rails don't do much for the descent, but the toe crampon picks up their slack.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - the hefty toe crampons have a spike that faces backwards at the ball...
The hefty toe crampons have a spike that faces backwards at the ball of the foot so to help with descending.
Credit: Matthew Blake

The Range-MTN has an aggressive carbon steel X-Trac Toe Crampon. The front teeth are angled forward, and the smaller tooth on the ball of the foot is angled backward. This combination bites the ground throughout your entire stride. We test each snowshoe on mixed terrain, complete with rocks, shrubbery, ice, deep snow, and packed snow. The Range performs a little better walking uphill than it does walking downhill, but overall this snowshoe is great for all seasons and terrain.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - regardless of the terrain, the range-mtn can tackle it.
Regardless of the terrain, the Range-MTN can tackle it.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Stride Ergonomics


Generally speaking, a narrower snowshoe offers a more natural stride, as you're less likely to bump them into each other while walking. However, too narrow of a snowshoe will affect the float and comfort. The Range-MTN walks this line perfectly.


Women tend to have a somewhat narrow gait, meaning they need a narrower snowshoe so as not to waddle and step on their own toes. The Range-MTN is offered in two lengths, 22 and 26 inches. Its width ranges from 7.5 to 4.7 inches, with a narrower toe and heel. These dimensions offer an organic stride without needing to adjust your natural step.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - regardless of your stature, this snowshoe offers a natural stride.
Regardless of your stature, this snowshoe offers a natural stride.
Credit: Matthew Blake

The Range-MTN also has a Pivot Limiter, which allows a more comfortable, steady stride. The Pivot Limiter keeps the snowshoe from pivoting too much where the binding connects to the shoe. Without the limiter, snowshoes can pivot so much that the toe of the snowshoe hits your shin as you walk. With too little pivot, the snowshoe will not unload the snow you pick up while walking, making the shoe heavier and harder to maneuver. The Range offers the perfect pivot.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - the pivot limiter does a great job of keeping the toe of the...
The pivot limiter does a great job of keeping the toe of the snowshoe and your shin from coming in contact.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Ease of Use


The Range-MTN is super easy to use. This snowshoe works seamlessly from the quick-to-adjust binding system to its durable materials.


The single-piece construction of the Reactiv-Trac Frame with Nytex Infinity Decking is very durable. The Wrapp MTN Binding and the BOA Fit System take a moment to figure out how to operate, but once you do, they are extremely easy to adjust on the fly. The knob is easy to twist, even with thick gloves on, and the EZ Heel buckle is comfortable and tucks away neatly, ensuring no flapping straps get in your way.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - the boa fit system is one of the most convenient binding fasteners.
The BOA Fit System is one of the most convenient binding fasteners.
Credit: Matthew Blake

The large carbon steel crampons on the toe and ball of the foot, paired with the aluminum traction rails and the 19-degree heel lift, ensure a consistent performance across all terrain. The Range-MTN is also available in two sizes that can support bodies that range from 75 to 200+ pounds. Overall, this Range is a well-thought-out, user-friendly snowshoe.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - the heel lift offers 19 degrees of lift for steep inclines.
The heel lift offers 19 degrees of lift for steep inclines.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Bindings


Snowshoe bindings range from stretchy rubber straps to full-on snowboard-style ratchet bindings. The Range-MTN is extremely easy to adjust on the fly, and the Evo padding on the bottom is very comfortable no matter what kind of boots you're wearing.


The intuitive Wrapp MTN Binding and the BOA Fit System work together to make adjustments easy at the car, in the parking lot, or on the go. You pull the know to release the top of the binding or simply press and twist to tighten. It tightens and loosens very evenly, mitigating any potential pinching.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - the range-mtn binding offers even pressure across the front oft the...
The Range-MTN binding offers even pressure across the front oft the foot.
Credit: Matthew Blake

The toe strap covers the entire front half of your foot, and the heel strap stretches. This makes for a very secure binding regardless of your choice of footwear. The foot padding is made of EVA foam, which absorbs some shock if you're a heavy stomper, further contributing to this extremely comfortable snowshoe.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - the range-mtn binding has an extremely secure binding and all the...
The Range-MTN binding has an extremely secure binding and all the straps tuck away neatly.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Should You Buy the Atlas Range-MTN?


If you're in the market for a catch-all snowshoe that can take you from packed local trails to deep backcountry powder or icy hills, the Range-MTN is pretty close to perfection. On that note, this snowshoe is not cheap, so if you're just getting into snowshoeing and don't want to commit to a multi-hundred dollar purchase, some other performers in our test suite come pretty close in performance and cost significantly less.

atlas range-mtn for women snowshoes review - the range-mtn is an amazing investment if you're looking for a...
The Range-MTN is an amazing investment if you're looking for a well-rounded snowshoe.
Credit: Matthew Blake

What Other Snowshoes Should You Consider?


If investing a large amount of money in a pair of snowshoes gives you anxiety, the MSR Evo Trail is a wonderful budget-friendly option. The Tubbs Wilderness falls only slightly behind the Atlas Range-MTN in overall performance and rocks an easy-to-use and comfortable binding system for a fraction of the price as well. If you are a stick-to-the-path kind of person and would prefer a snowshoe that performs best on packed snow, the TSL Symbioz Hyperflex Elite is the option for you.

Hayley Thomas
 
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