Making a snowshoe out of froth, bits of exhausting plastic, and a velcro binding system is a fairly daring transfer, as a result of at first look the Eva Crescent Moon snowshoes look a bit like, properly, toys. Or gimmicks. Actual snowshoes have difficult strap-on binding methods, massive steel tooth and steel frames, tons extra steel typically, actually, and complex hinged heels to free the foot whereas strolling. Or so I assumed.
The Crescent Moon Evas, although, have nearly none of that. Made from a number of layers of EVA foam (therefore the identify) they’re designed to be a pleasant, light-weight, snowshoe for gentle obligation and snow working. They’re not precisely meant for severe use, like big-distance journeys on sketchy, ice-covered trails…or no less than they don’t appear to be.
However after placing on the miles final winter tromping by gentle recent snow, and hard-packed groomed trails alike on these foamies, I used to be shocked at how properly the Evas carried out. They excel at their job. I wouldn’t convey these alongside on a slick, icy path, or a severe wintertime backcountry hut journey if there was going to be trail-breaking or numerous rocky and icy switchbacks, however they’re with me now on nearly any journey to the snow as a result of they’re so gentle and simple to throw on, there’s no cause to not convey them. Operating on packed trails, lengthy hikes on groomed roads—they’re way more comfortable and easily simpler to stroll in than conventional snowshoes.
The sneakers measure eight inches by 24 inches and might match a wide range of foot sizes, from 5-15 (males’s). They weigh solely about three.5 kilos per pair. Composed of three totally different layers of EVA foam—a gentle and pliant higher layer for consolation, a more durable inflexible layer beneath that for help, and a troublesome traction plate, just like soccer or soccer cleats. Your complete shoe is kind of curved with a severe rocker profile; this is smart as a result of with out the hinged heel, the rear of the shoe would dig into the snow with every step if the sneakers have been flat. But it surely additionally makes it a bit difficult to climb steep slopes in them. With out having the ability to raise the heel it’s exhausting to dig in with the entrance of the shoe for buy.
That rockered profile additionally makes it straightforward to maneuver pretty rapidly in these sneakers, offered you’re not breaking path by the softest pow. In case you’ve by no means actually considered working in snowshoes earlier than, the Evas are gentle sufficient and, with their banana-like rocker, they supply a reasonably straightforward working movement, making it really feel pure.
And awesomely, they are often simply worn with nearly any form of footwear. Climbing boots, path runners, even common ole’ tennis sneakers will work.
Now, there are some issues I’d change. The styling ain’t for me. The bindings have an odd crescent moon sample that appears a bit an excessive amount of like 90s-era surf trunks for my style. And, I’d want black or gray colorways. Additionally they don’t enable snow to cross by the highest layer of the shoe, so if attempting to interrupt path in gentle stuff, they will rapidly get buried. The cleat sample works fairly properly traction-wise, however the plastic wears down pretty rapidly in the event you stroll on exhausting surfaces.
Missing the steel tooth of conventional snowshoes, they do battle with grip in slick ice—Crescent Moon has since launched an Eva mannequin with steel studs within the cleats, which ought to assist there. And there’s positively a studying curve in the event you’re accustomed to conventional steel or carbon fiber snowshoes with a lifting heel. When you get the hold of those although, you may actually transfer.
But, these are simply really easy to make use of and comfy to stroll in, they’re a strong selection for all however the nastiest terrain. Apart from being a bit slippery on the slickest ice, they deal with combined snows pretty properly. They weigh so little, it’s very straightforward to strap them to your pack on a ski hut journey to make use of as strolling round sneakers when you’ve reached your vacation spot. That’s truly my most popular use for these foamie unhealthy boys. Give ’em a glance.
• Twin density EVA foam
• Easy hook and loop bindings
• Recyclable by athletic shoe recycling packages
• BUY $179
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