Given the recent snow and ice in Kananaskis I thought it was a good idea to do this review. I picked up a pair of Stabilicers Sport and Yaktrax Extreme and have been using them for several weeks. The Yaktrax look like a web of flexible rubber, which is wrapped on the sole area with coils. They stretch around the shoe and have a strap that goes over the front of the shoe. The Stabilicers are molded rubber, which pull over the toe and heel of the shoe. There is a strap that holds the heel portion onto the shoe. A series of removable studs on the toe and heel provide traction. When I first examined both of these products I was skeptical about how they would hold up. The Yaktrax because they are made of the relatively thin rubber and the Stabilicers because that the spot at which the Velcro strap goes through the heel is thin and I expected it would break. Because I bought them at MEC I figured that I could return either if I did have a problem because MEC is usually good at taking stuff back, no questions asked.
In late November I bought the Atlas Snow Run Snowshoes from MEC.
They set my wife back $195. I have used a couple different styles of snowshoes. Most I find kind of awkward to wear. That is what I like about the Atlas Running Version. They are really comfortable to walk in. Wearing these shoes I prefer snowshoeing over hiking. Mostly because my knees get a break on the downhill. Couple of things that are nice is the dual claw for traction and the spring loaded suspension which is accomplished with the rubber/plastic straps holding the boot harness to the shoe. One downside, unless you want a killer workout, on unbroken trail, the shoes sink more than I expected. If anyone has been on the trail recently or you are in a group this shortcoming is overcome by the comfort. Now if there had only been more snow in K-Country this year. Gets tiring always driving to Lake Louise to snowshoe.