THE SITUATION: Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the outdoors when the snow comes, offering the ability to trek through both serious backcountry or walk through the local forest preserves. Much like skis, you can find a snowshoe designed for specific winter activities and conditions, from sleek racers to bulky shoes for deep and steep terrain.
ONE OPTION: The Atlas Treeline (or the Elektra Treeline for women) is part of the trail series and is a good all-around shoe that can do just about anything.
THE DETAILS: Designed for reliable performance and comfort, the Treeline shoes feature a built-in suspension system that allows you to keep your normal stride on the snow, whether walking or jogging. The Wrapp Lux binding will attach your foot snugly to the snowshoe with one pull — and it won’t be going anywhere. The crampons in both the toe and the heel provide excellent grip on the snow, while the decking is both lightweight and durable. For those hiking uphill over long periods, the heel lift bar will decrease fatigue, as you’re able to ease stress on your calf muscles by keeping your heel elevated as you climb. But you don’t need to climb mountains to enjoy the lightweight ride and ease of use of the Treeline.