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- Single Pull Loop binding envelops the entire foot for a stable, secure feel and cinches down easily with (you guessed it) a single pull
- Polymer gel straps will not freeze, stretch, or come out of adjustment
- Platform includes TIG–welded aircraft-grade aluminum and PVC-free PU that is lightweight and durable
- Teardrop shape lets you walk with a natural stride without waddling to avoid stepping on the other shoe
- Ideal for a person plus gear totaling 100-195 pounds
- Made in Boulder, CO with as many recycled materials as possible in a wind-powered facility
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Crescent Moon Gold 9 picked as "BEST"
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
1. Crescent Moon Gold 9 ($265)
Crescent Moon Gold 9 snowshoes
Type: Recreational / Backcountry
Length: 27 in.
Weight: 4 lbs. 7 oz.
What we like: Comfortable and light on the foot.
What we donât: Expensive for not being a full backcountry design.
Womenâs version: Crescent Moon Gold 13
Crescent Moon operates a little differently than other gear manufacturers, and that's not a bad thing. First, they specialize in snowshoesâthat's pretty much the only thing the company makes. Second, they place a serious focus on their manufacturing process, hand making all shoes in the U.S.A. at their Boulder-based factory and using materials that are free of PVC, VOCs and other harmful chemicals. And finally, they have a great formula and don't feel the need to make drastic changes year after year based on current whims. Simply put, we think the Crescent Moon Gold 9 is the best overall snowshoe on the market.
The aluminum frame of the Gold 9 is durable, the three-claw traction system is effective on most flats, rolling hills, and technical terrain, and the bindings are comfortable and easy to put on. Also, we love the teardrop shape: the shoes are 27 inches in length for good float but it's easy to move on the snow and cover ground. For a cheaper recreational shoe from Crescent Moon, the Silver 9 lacks a coating on the frame, has inferior but still serviceable bindings, and aluminum claws instead of stainless steel. If you snowshoe a lot or plan to use them for years, we think the step up to the Gold Series is worthwhile.
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Best Snowshoes on the market
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was sold the first time I talked to Jake at Crescent Moon about their snowshoes. They make some high quality snowshoes! I like think of them like a "Mom and Pop" shop posted up in good old Boulder, Colorado, the Motherland of snowshoeing adventures.
These are incredible for hiking, and one thing that really sold me on them is that they help you keep your regular walking stride. No more waddling like a duck...or a pregnant woman...while hiking, trekking, you name it, around in the snow.
To make my review a little shorter, because I could go on forever about these, I will make a little list for you of all the reasons to go with these:
1. They have a versatile binding that will accommodate almost any foot, and over time will start to mold to your foot for a more customized fit.
2. They are teardrop shape to make it easier to walk in the snow, helping you to keep your natural stride.
3. They are SO fast to put on and take off!
4. They are made in good ol' Boulder, CO. Thats right, 'Merica.
Try them out for yourself, but I know that these will be the only snowshoes I will be hiking in this season!
Best Snowshoes for trekking and hiking
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Rented these in Breck and tried them out a few times while there and was sold on the ease of use and how light they are. Bought 2 sets and love them.
Crescent Moon Gold 9
I have been using the Crescent Moon Gold series snowshoes for 7 years now. I've used the 9,10, and 15 shoes at different times. Having also used several snowshoes from Redfeather & MSR, I can say that for all-around snowshoeing, the Crescent Moon Gold series is the best. The bindings are extremely easy to use and don't need re-adjusting as long as you set them up right the first time. The teardrop shape makes them easy to hike in without stepping on yourself, which has always been as issue with the standard elliptical-shape snowshoes. Also, the three part crampons do a nice job of giving you a little extra traction on toe-off that you're not going to fine anywhere else.
The only thing that I would like to see on these shoes is a heel lifter a la MSR & Atlas. Something to take the burn out of one's calves on those long, steep ascents. Otherwise, I have never used a better snowshoe!
The Golds are among the more expensive snowshoes, but they are totally worth it, from an ease-of-use standpoint alone. The way I see it, if something is super simple, the more likely you are to go out and use it!