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.
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.
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
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