The Atlas story began in 1990 when founder Perry Klebahn, who was looking to snowshoeing to help recover from a motorcycle injury, became frustrated with the designs of the time. Klebahn soon developed his own ideas, and created a revolutionary new snowshoe as the thesis project for his graduate engineering degree from Stanford University's product design program. Applying for patents on the original Atlas snowshoe, Klebahn was awarded the first patent granted for snowshoes in over 40 years. As development continued, innovations like the dual crampon design and Spring-Loaded™ Suspension became tenets of Atlas snowshoe designs and revolutionized the sport of snowshoeing. Over the years, Atlas Snow-Shoe Company, now based in Seattle, WA, has continued to innovate in snowshoe technology.