The VagabondishTeam The “Best in Show” Gear from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013 – Rocket Carbon Fiber snowshoes
Each Rocket weighs 1.1 pounds making them easily one of the lighter running snowshoes on the market. The bindings are easily detachable and running shoes can be screwed on directly by puncturing through the shoe onto the snowshoe. What’s more is that these snowshoes can attach to the SPD clips on the bottom of your bike shoes, making them usable year round.
In terms of technology, Crescent Moon features a third crampon under the toes for additional grip support (think of an ice climbing crampon – what good would they be if the crampons didn’t extend to the toe?) as well as the two traditional crampon cleats under the sold and heel. Best of all, getting your shoe into them is a breeze with the Single-pull-loop system – a single pull and the snowshoes are tight, and a single pull to loosen your shoe afterwards.
Gold 12 Race/Running snowshoes and Rocket carbon fiber snowshoes
Running on snowshoes is a little different than running in general. The trails are more beautiful, the air is crisper, the sounds and feelings of being on the move is more intense, and of course, the experience is pure winter outdoors.
Crescent Moon, of boulder Colorado, makes a complete line of snowshoes for all types of snowshoers and their family members, but if you’re looking for a running snowshoe, one that makes it easier and fun to run in, consider the Gold 12.The unique teardrop shape allows you to take a natural stride, very similar to the stride you would take when running on any trail in the summer, because the teardrop shape allows your feet to pass by each other without forcing you to widen your stance/stride as you do with a traditionally shaped snowshoe.
So, what do you wear when you’re out running on snow? If you’re sporting the CMS Gold 12, you can wear your normal running shoes because of the unique design of the Crescent moon binding system, which wraps around your foot. If you prefer a warmer, drier version of that, you can slide a pair of Crescent Moon’s neoprene booties over the top of your favorite road shoes. Finally, if you’re really a techno geek running freak, consider Crescent Moon’s carbon fiber Rocket snowshoes, which weigh 2.2 pounds when directly mounted with your favorite running shoes. The technology used to make the Rocket comes straight out of the NASA space program.
Gear Review: Crescent Moon Gold 13s Snowshoes
Can a snowshoe binding help prevent cold feet? Absolutely, says one chronically ice-toed tester. The Gold 13s’ (the men’s version is the Gold 10, which we reviewed last year: backpacker.com/crescent) binding features a soft, gel-like plastic frame that snugs evenly around the forefoot and arch with a one-pull strap design. The soft frame molds tightly and uniformly around the boot without creating pressure points. “Because there was no constriction,” she says, “blood flowed to my toes and they stayed noticeably warmer than with other bindings I’ve tried.” Though usable in steeper terrain, the sharply tapered decks and modest flotation made the Gold 13s most effective on rolling terrain like the low, wooded peaks of the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon. With their long, pointed tails, the snowshoes tracked well when testers scrambled through trees and moved up and down slopes. The binding incorporates a plastic underfoot panel, so when your boot is locked in, it stays perfectly aligned on the snowshoe deck. The inch-long stainless steel crampons under the forefoot and heel provide good grip on crusty snow and ice. The severe tail taper limited flotation in deep fluff, but the tubular aluminum frame has a sharply angled front tip that helped keep the nose from diving under the surface and tripping testers up.
The Best Snowshoes for Powder and Ice:
Best For: Backcountry Boarders
When you’re strapping snowshoes onto your snowboard boots to get to the untracked backcountry, you need a pair that can handle your oversize hooves. We found the Crescent Moon Gold Series 10 to clinch securely to nearly any snowboard boot. A tapered deck lends float without weight, so you can hike up to the highest, mightiest runs first.
Use of the ultra-light, extremely versatile carbon fiber revolutionized cycling, allowing riders to go faster and longer with less effort. Jake Thamm, Co-founder of Crescent Moon Snowshoes, believes the material will have the same effect on snowshoeing. Crescent Moon Snowshoes, a small company based in Boulder, Colo., debuted their brand new Rocket Carbon Fiber Snowshoe at the January 2012 Winter Market Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah. A limited run of the snowshoes, which were designed for running on the snow and retail for $450, hit the market in November of 2012. Within weeks the stock was completely sold out. “They went so quickly I’m wondering if we perhaps underestimated the demand,” says Thamm.
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The Crescent snowshoe bindings expand and contract to fit virtually any boot type or size.
Not only do Crescent’s bindings expand and contract to fit virtually any boot type or size (from women’s size 6 light hikers to men’s size 15 pac boots), they tighten easily with one hand, and they lock your foot securely onto the center of the shoe and keep it there no matter the slope angle or snow conditions.
After a traverse of the Copper Spur area of Mt. Hood, one tester said, “Given my size (225 pounds, size 13 boots), I frequently experience heel slips and twisting when on a traverse. Not this time.” The bindings also proved to be the simplest to adjust. A single pull on the U-shaped, nylon webbing strap tightens both forefoot and arch straps. The heel strap secures via a ratcheting buckle we could operate even with bulky gloves. Testers said the tapered, teardrop tail allows for the most natural gait of any of the test shoes, especially on rolling terrain and soft to slightly compacted snow, with very little risk of deck walking—that is, stepping one snowshoe onto the deck of the other. “The stability of the binding on the traverses saved my ankles—and maybe my neck,” says one Oregon tester. “And the ability to stride naturally up and down the forest trails saved my legs.”
January 2011 Winter Buyers Guide Outside Magazine – Gold 12 Direct Mount race shoe for running
Speed is your friend
Racers and fitness snowshoers, these are for you. And, no, you’re not missing something; there’s no binding. Instead, running shoes or lightweight boots attach directly to the shoes’ PVC free decks with included easy to use hardware and a couple of punches with a power drill. (Yes, it permanently trashes your shoes.) It’s initially a hassle, but, then again, the Gold 12’s weigh almost half of the average snowshoe. Testers felt they were absolutely flying on hard pack trails…
Backpacker Gear Guide: "Best kids” snowshoe
All parents know: When your kids are having fun, so are you. And these snowshoes all but guarantee a good time for your budding snowshoer. The exaggerated teardrop-shape aluminum frame lets kids walk with their natural gait, and reduces the possibility of faceplants (when snowshoe tails overlap).
The two-strap Hypalon binding, which fits up to a size 5 boot, is so simple that our 10-year-old tester could do it himself, which is a huge benefit for mom and dad. At 17 inches long, these snowshoes have plenty of flotation for kids up to 65 pounds to stay atop deep snow, where they by far had the most fun. $80; 2 lbs.; 17 inches;
The Specs: $50
10.25 oz (Men’s L)
Men’s S/M - L
Nothing ruins a snowshoe outing faster than cold feet. It doesn’t matter if your hands, head, and torso are toasty, if your toes feel like toesicles you’re going to be miserable. The Crescent Moon Over-Shoe Booties keep your feet warm in even the coldest temperatures, and provide more flexibility in footwear choices. Made of thick 6 mm neoprene, the booties slip on over almost any pair of shoes or boots you have. With elastic straps on the bottom and a large Velcro strip at the back, the booties are easy to pull on and off. At a weight of just over 10 ounces, the Over-Shoe Booties are a great alternative to carrying a spare pair of boots.
SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW: Crescent Snowshoe Racers: World’s Best Bindings
Crescent Moon Gold 12Series "Crescent’s Gold 12 Snowshoe racers bind to the snowshoer’s foot like no other, reflecting ingenuity and creativity that has exploded throughout their product line. Getting a pair of snowshoes to fit feet easily is a difficult task. Driving to a snowshoe event or just a fun time in the woods, the least enjoyable part of the whole day is putting them on. The industry is making advances, big advances in some cases, to making the bindings easier and better. In my cold weather, frozen-finger experience, none is better than Crescent’s.
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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...
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."
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.
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 MountainDecember, 1998
BLUE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE; Crescent Moon 9
Tester's Choice, The shoe's simple binding system has an easy-to-use heel ratchet 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.