How does this bag compare to the MSR Snowshoe bag?
Not sure what the MSR snowshoe bag is like, but this one is pretty good. It has an inside zip pocket, inside storage pocket, it's very lightly padded, made of solid fabric, has two exterior velcro straps to latch poles, and compresses nicely so you can easily strap it your pack when snowshoes are in use. Not so compressible that you can fold/roll and stuff it without using up bit of your pack space. I find this also works wonders as seat pad for lunch breaks on long treks, so I don't need to carry an extra pad for sitting on the snow or on cold rocks. I've used it in various conditions, hardly any sign of wear or damage, including being regularly tossed in among skis and other gear in the gear compartment of a transport bus. it also has two straps you can use for over the shoulder carrying, or a padded handle for carrying by hand. I just bought some additional velcro strapping and lash it to the outside of my pack. This is an easy way to pack my snowshoes until I get to where I want to use them. Good internal storage space, probably fit most adult shoes. I use BC24s which are wider and shorter than most snowshoes and they fit perfectly fine. Oh, and good internal water resistance, so when you pack your shoes in after a day on the trail but don't get all the snow off, the melting snow won't see through the pack onto the rest of your gear or backpack or car interior.
Virtually no difference, as what you want is a 'ventilated' bag so your snowshoes can dry out. Both bags are ventilated and Atlas is a quality product that existed long before MSR made snowshoes, so you can't go wrong either way.
I can't really say since I haven't compared it to any other. However, I am completely satisfied with the ATLAS bag. It is perfect for my snowshoes, roomy and I versatile. I don't think you can beat it for the price.
Good-luck in your selection...this one works for me!
Thank you Carol.
I don't have the MSR, cause I bought the Atlas bag. I think the atlas is okay for storing and travel, but to big and loose to actually want to walk around with it on your back. It only has one small compartment, and not much support.
Hope this helps.
I don't know how it compares, but I really like this bag.
I am not familiar with the MSR Snowshoe bag but love the Atlas bags we have. They are large enough to pack with not only your showshoes but also other gear. The backpack straps come in handy for long hikes and the side pole attachment is key.
Great bag, well ventilated
has carry handle or wear as backpack while snowshoeing
great to hold lunch or extra jacket
My series 7 shoes are 30" long and 9.5" wide and easily fit in
the bag and is a built in gaiter pocket inside the bag
poles strap on the outside of the bag with built in Velcro fasteners
MSR and Atlas are equal in quality and usefulness
My husband has the Atlas bag for his snowshoes, and I have the MSR for mine. In terms of quality and usability, they're pretty much the same. We both like them very much and so far both bags have held up extremely well. Both are good purchases.