The Crescent Moon Snowshoe Company
BEST BINDING, Backpacker Magazine, Fall/Winter 2009
Crescent Moon Gold Series
"When conditions are less than ideal--cold fingers, blowing wind, sticky snow--you don't want problems getting snowshoes on and keeping them on. You won't with the Gold Series bindings, which have unmatched comfort, stability, and ease of use. A single pull on the U-spaped cinch strap tightens the binding over both the forefoot and arch, while the heel strap secures rock-solid via a ratcheting buckle. A rigid stabilizer plate underfoot kept our feet aligned on the snowshoe deck; we had zero heel slip except on the steepest traverses. The teardrop tail shape(even more tapered then the Redfeathers) allows for a comfortable, natural gait. A pronounced tail taper often means less flotation, but not here. Crescent Moon makes up for the reduced surface area by adding two extra inches of length. Even with moderate loads(up to 30 pounds), we stayed afloat in deep powder. Green Bonus: Crescent Moon's manufacturing facility in Boulder, Colorado, is 100-percent wind-powered, and the company recycles all scrap material and uses no PVC."
Trail Runner Magazine Winter Gear of the Year Award!
CRESCENT MOON, Gold 12
$229 • 2.6 pounds/paIr
"Built for speed and performance. The Gold 12's race binding features two easy-to-adjust forefoot and heel straps to securely connect your foot to the ultra-light, 22-inch-long snowshoe deck with a tapered tail designed not to trip you up. Claw-like crampons under your toes, ball and heel grab into loose or hard-packed snow, even on hilly terrain. Overall, the shoe earned high ratings for being easy to put on and adjust...
Winter 08/09 Outside Magazine Buyer's Guide –Gold 13 & Magnesium 9
Gold 13 "This teardrop shaped shoe is designed for speed: The binding cinches tight with a single strap across your feet. And the heel strap, which is fixed on one side and ratchets down on the other, was praised by testers for both its glove-friendly operation and snug fit."
Snowshoes Good for Walking
By Emilie Le Beau - 09/24/2008
MCT Photo The Gold Series 12 snowshoe from Crescent Moon Snow Shoes is a lightweight snowshoe made for walking or running. It has a teardrop shape that is meant to allow a natural stride.The ideal: You strap on your new snowshoes and head outdoors to a gorgeous trail, conveniently located in your backyard. You have an exhilarating workout on fresh snow.The reality: You live in a neighborhood with incompetent snow plows. The sidewalks haven't been cleared and street curbs are blocked by walls of snow. You can either give up running for the season or pick up a pair of snowshoes.The Gold Series 12 snowshoe from Crescent Moon Snow Shoes is a lightweight snowshoe made for walking or running. It has a teardrop shape that is meant to allow a natural stride.Weighing just two pounds, the snowshoe can easily be lifted over a curb or a snow bank. Made with lightweight aluminum, the shoe has a three-claw traction system. It also tightens with a single loop pull which is meant to equally distribute the tension. The single loop pull adjusts tightness for most shoe sizes.
The Gold Series 12 is 22 inches long and eight inches wide. It is available from size 5 (women's) to size 13 (men's.) Suggested retail price is $229.95. Available at online retailers such as BackCountryEdge.com and Altrec.com. A dealer locator is listed at CrescentMoonSnowShoes.com.
"Crescent Makes 'Green' Snowshoes"
August 2008 Boulder County Business Report; http://www.bcbr.com/article.asp?id=95693
By Business Report Staff
August 27, 2008 --BOULDER - Crescent Moon, a Boulder-based manufacturer of snowshoes, poles and accessories, has created a line of snowshoes made with materials that contain no polyvinyl chloride.Crescent Moon founders Jake Thamm and wife, Tamara Laug, wanted to create a snowshoe that is more environmentally friendly. Polyvinyl chloride is one of the most widely used plastics and is found in a wide range of consumer products such as bottles, credit cards, audio records and construction materials. Production of PVC releases the toxic chemical dioxin and leaks harmful additives during disposal. "Tamara was really committed to putting us in an environmentally considerate position and researched new materials for over a year," Jake Thamm said. "We felt very strongly that we're in the outdoor industry and wanted to do the right thing for the environment."The couple has implemented a green program throughout its entire company. In both its factory and office, employees recycle everything possible, including aluminum, stainless steel, cardboard and office materials and use 100 percent wind-powered energy.
The company now has 10 employees, and its snowshoes are distributed throughout the U.S., Canada, Austria, Sweden and Norway and even in Australia, which has a short ski and snowshoe season.
December 2006 New York Times
"comfortable even in cold weather"… "teardrop shape design made for an easy natural stride."
Reviews Crescent Moon Products
Product reviews in .pdf format
Crescent Moon Booties SPOTLITE REVIEW.pdf
Crescent Moon Gold Series 9 Snowshoe REVIEW.pdf
Crescent Moon Gold Series 12 Snowshoe REVIEW.pdf
With its aluminum frame and rubberized nylon deck, the Crescent Moon 9 (9 by 27.5 in.; 3 lb., 4 oz.; $240) has far greater eye appeal than the Denali-despite its modern materials, it's a shoe you might hang over the cabin's fireplace. In addition to its aesthetic advantages, the Crescent Moon 9 has a teardrop shape that facilitates a smooth, more natural gait-no duck waddling to avoid clunking or stepping on your own feet. Another worthy feature: The binding relies on a snowboard style ratcheting strap and goes on fast, centering the foot securely. Stainless steel cleats underfoot give this elegant shoe adequate grip.
HOOKED ON THE OUTDOORS
Women's Snowshoes: Crescent Moon's 13 is built to accommodate shorter stride lengths. It has a 24-inch teardrop-shaped frame, which allows for a more normal gait and, thus, no hip flexor strain. The 13 is lightweight, but also very sturdy. And it features a snazzy metallic purple paint job. $229.
Crescent Moon 12
Crescent Moon retooled it's running snowshoe with new decking and lightweight training claws. The Crescent Moon 12 has a slightly smaller aluminum frame (8" X 24") designed for fast foot turnover and new three claw aluminum crampons for reliable traction. The double top-secret TGS decking---TGS stands for the "The Good Stuff"---is said to be lighter and stronger thatn hypalon. ($219. 23 oz.) --- B. M.
"Five testers hit trails from New England to Oregon. experiencing snow conditions ranging from deep powder to ice to rotten crust... we picked the five best shoes for all-around winter packing."
Crescent Moon 10
9" x 32"
- This shoe's light weight and tapered tail enhance maneuverability and allow for fast, natural striding on packed trails.
- The mitten-friendly binding is easy to operate
- This extremely maneuverable shoe shines when you want to go fast and light on packed trails.
New for 2002
- The crampon teeth are adequate for trails, but too short and stubby for use on steep uphills or ice.
- The square tooth configuration also collected packed snow in wet conditions. Bigger testers thought the streamlined shape of the shoe gave them a bit less flotation in loose powder.
- Longer, sharper stainless steel claws improve bite and durability.
- Sidehill traction benefits from the small lateral claws on either side of the main crampon
This extremely maneuverable shoe shines when you want to go fast and light on packed trails.
DECEMBER 2001, MICHELE J. MORRIS, NORTHEAST EDITOR
OUTDOOR EXPLORER REVIEW
"Every snowshoe maker boasts about its shoes' ergonomic shapes, no-slip bindings and ballistic materials. But it's often hard to tell a good shoe by its appearance-to know quality you have to feel it. Of the 12 snowshoe models I tested last winter, Crescent Moons felt the best. The Crescent Moon 13, a women's model, has a narrow teardrop shape so you don't have to widen your gait to avoid stepping on the shoes as you walk, and I found the Crescent Moon 9, a unisex model for people under 200 pounds, equally easy to use. Their ratchet bindings, which have left-foot and right-foot specific foot plates to make your snowshoes feel more like shoes, are a cinch to use with gloved hands." Fall, 2000
HIGH ALTITUDE MOUNTAINEERING REVIEW
"I needed snowshoes that I could train in and use on Denali. My pair of Tubbs had flat-out fallen apart, so I tried the Crescent Moon Gold Series 10. Immediately you will notice the ratcheting binding system. This allows you to make a one-time adjustment and from then on getting in and out is amazingly easy. The rigid tab on the new binding allows you to shove your boots in and tighten it up, all while wearing mittens. For this reason, they are ideal for use with plastic boots.
I regularly trained with a heavy pack and found that the Crescent Moon Gold Series 10. offered great flotation; but more important, it allows a perfectly natural stride. I can't emphasize enough what a savings of energy and general relief it is to walk normally. Carrying a pack and a sled in tow, I never once tripped or stumbled, which was not the case when I wore my big Tubbs shoes or the MSR Denali.
The grip on these shoes is amplified through the use of the three-claw traction system. There is also a deeper bite, so while my teammates needed to stomp down to get up some of the steeper inclines, I easily walked up as if I were wearing a crampon.
Seemingly indestructible, I used the "10's" on ice, slush, deep snow and occasionally dirt and rock. They took my careless abuse and still performed great even after months of long hikes. The MSR Denali is advertised as a top mountaineering snowshoe, but the Crescent Moon 10 is stronger, easier to work with in extreme cold and for my money, the best snowshoe available." Spring, 2004
Crescent Moon 13. Could a snowshoe save your hide? Maybe. While shoeing last winter, a friend and I regrettably found ourselves descending a rock-hard 30-degree slope. She went for a high-speed slide into a tree. I did not. I chalk up my catlike grip to the three-claw traction system on Crescent Moon's 13 snowshoes. The binding helped, too; it's rubbery hypalon harness and rear ratchet buckle kept my foot snug and in control. And the 13's exaggerated teardrop shape, designed to accommodate a woman's shourter stride, helped me stay agile. Helen Olsson
"The best just get better... acclaimed last year for it's light weight, easy-in/easy-out strapping system, and a dramatically tapered teardrop design that eliminated "duck walking" and shoe-to-shoe contact, the Crescent Moon line gets tougher in 1999. It's Hypalon deck is tauter and more tear-resistant; it's much-lauded assymmetrical footplate, a solid base for strapping, is now made of the same long-lasting urethane found on running shoes... " September, 1999
Editor's Choice, double winner!
Crescent Moon 9...The All-Arounder The "9" allows you to cruise and manuever easily while providing maximum durability and reliability for backcountry treks.
Crescent Moon 10...The lightest and most durable snowshoe made for carrying big packs or busting trail in the backcountry. September, 1999
Editor's Choice Award
Crescent Moon's line of snowshoes are light, comfortable and manueverable. With a welded aircraft aluminum frame and Hypalon-fabric decking, they are a great choice for cruising the drifts. These snowshoes will surely keep you smiling...
Cited by OUTSIDE MAGAZINE; Crescent Moon 9
The aluminum-framed Crescent Moon 9 is game for any conditions. It's lightweight and dramatic taper from binding to tail let you streak through meadows of untouched snow, but it's maximum width and the overall length will do the grunt work of transporting, for example, 175 pounds of snowshoer through knee-deep powder. But the Crescent Moon's most distinguishable feature is it's asymmetrical footplate, which matches up to the front half of each shoe, enhancing the fit. Further snugging things up are the binding's forefoot straps, which feel most comfortable, arranged as they are like a Hypalon huarache. The heel strap is plastic with a ratcheting buckle, which is also quite secure and glove friendly... January, 1999
...The binding system was one of the most secure tested and it managed to hold the foot in the proper position for added support and control...
King of the Mountain
BLUE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE; Crescent Moon 9
Tester's Choice, The shoe's simple binding system has an easy-to-use heel ratcher for quick entry exit and a perfect fit and hold. The teardrop shape allows a normal walking stride (no "duck walk"). The crampons are among the best we tested and held our biggest tester with no slippage during the steepest ascent. These shoes are straightforward, lightweight and very attractive. They score big points in the "hip, style, now!!" category.
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