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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