I have a different model in size 36 and want a smaller size, would you recommend 25 or 30?
It's contingent upon your weight. It's not according to style, and/or the look of the snowshoe. Please be certain that if you choose to change your snowshoe to smaller size it's appropriate for your weight.
I love the Atlas 11 Series...It's so versatile, although we had a minimal winter this past year and only used them once...they are an outstanding shoe.
I had an original pair of Atlas for many years until a year ago running with my dog, the binding broke and I could not repair it. Honestly it wasn't purdent to fix, it was easier to buy a new pair...and I'm so THRILLED!
Good-luck, and if possible let me know what you end up doing.
I have the 25" model and find them to be perfect for what I need out of them. I was concerned with the 30" because of the terrain I would be in. I live in South Eastern Montana, Big Sky and Yellowstone area. The 25" model makes it easier for me to be able to goup and down steeper areas, but I assume that if the kind of terrain you will be on is mainly "rolling hills" then you should be ok with the 30", but I would guess that if you were in a 36" shoe anything under that will seem drastically smaller. Good luck and have fun!
The answer depends on a couple things: 1. Your weight, including backpack, etc., and 2. The type of conditions you experience.
A larger shoe supports more weight. However, if you are snowshoeing with a group, the typical thing to do is to share the lead, so you only break trail when you are the leader. The amount of snow you get is another condition to consider. If you are using shoes where the trail is typically packed or not too deep, you can use a smaller shoe. You have to be the one to determine how much flotation you want versus the advantage you are looking for with a smaller shoe.
There are weight ratings for shoes. I typically go one size smaller than the recommended size because I typically snowshoe in groups. The number of times I have to break trail or am in deep snow are fewer than the times I am on a semi-packed trail.
If you are constantly on fresh snow dumps, go with the larger shoe.
It depends on your weight (while snowshoeing) and the type of snow encountered. I bought the 25s for my son who is 6', 175lbs and they are fine if he goes for day trips. For longer trips, with a pack, in powder snow they are on the small size. They still work but longer would be better if you're planning to carry a pack.