Impact
The Aspect Snowshoe was the first snowshoe to combine spring-style binding suspension (Atlas Spring Loaded Suspension or SLS) with industry leading perimeter traction.   The user is rewarded with a comfortable gait, via the SLS, but doesn't sacrifice grip in icy conditions. 
Challenge
The Atlas SLS works using the oval snowshoe frame as a spring.  A vertical rail, which is the most efficient traction element, does not act well as a spring. The design team needed to incorporate a spring for the suspension and a mostly vertical traction rail.
Design
The Atlas frame is divided into two halves.  The forward is composed of a tubular element that creates a spring for the SLS.  The aft element uses a "P" shaped cross-section that provides optimal traction and some structure.  The joint between the two sections provides a convenient location to attach the suspension.
 
Primary Project Role:  Senior Design Engineer
Select Awards:  Outside Magazine - Gear of the Year
Gear of the Year
Gear of the Year
Atlas Aspect Snowshoe
Atlas Aspect Snowshoe
Atlas Aspect Profile
Atlas Aspect Profile

Atlas Aspect Snowshoe

"A true backcountry snowshoe that felt comfortable in all conditions including hard pack, ice, and steep ascents."
-Gear Instituite