Crescent Moon’s lightweight and flexible EVA snowshoes have been around for a few years, but they continue to update them while also expanding their offerings. This year, they’re making a few updates to the original EVA Foam snowshoe while also releasing the Luna, a model for designed for women and kids. At the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Snow Show we took a quick peek at the new models.
EVA Foam Snowshoe
While most snowshoes feature a metal frame and feature some serious crampons at the bottom, the EVA Foam snowshoe takes a different approach. The snowshoe is made of dual density foam, much like the sole of a running shoe, making them super flexible. On top of the cushioned portion of the sole there is a hook and loop binding system that looks very similar to a sandal.
This binding makes it very easy to put on and remove the snowshoe with no prior know how. Any time I’ve put on a pair of snowshoes it takes a few moments to figure out the straps and get everything snug. On the showroom floor at OR, I quickly strapped into these and started walking within seconds.
The foam sole and simple binding also makes these snowshoes super comfortable. Additionally, there is no pivot on the EVA Foam snowshoe so when you pick your foot up, the snowshoe stays flush with the bottom of your sole. This would be especially helpful when stepping over obstacles on the trail.
The EVA comes in at about 4 lbs for the pair and can support up to a 185 lb user. I myself weigh around 200 lbs, and was told that it wouldn’t be a problem if I used them on harder packed trails or light powder.
New for next season will be the Crescent Moon Luna. It will be available for the F/W 2019/20 season and features a few changes from the standard EVA. The first being a smaller size.
The Luna is designed for women and kids and has a smaller footprint that will make it much easier for walking and wearing. Additionally, the Luna has more flex built into the sole along with more rocker on the toe. All of these changes make them easier to wear and easier to walk in. One last change is the addition of windows to the ends of the snowshoe. This saves a little weight and also helps with overall flex.
The Luna will be rated for users up to 150 lbs. Keep an eye out for them next season and check out Crescent Moon’s full lineup at their site – https://crescentmoonsnowshoes.com/