We recently had the opportunity to test and review the Crescent Moon Eva Foam rackets. These racquets consist of a foam top glued to a plastic underside with Velcro type straps for bindings. The studs are integrated into the plastic bottom in the form of snow studs. If you compare them to the typical aluminum frame snowshoes with steel bindings, these are definitely a bit out of the box.
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Built for packed conditions
The first thing to know about Crescent Moon Eva snowshoes is that they are not made for deep powder or trail clearing. With a design inspired by a running shoe, these snowshoes are made for hard packed snow conditions. They are also the ideal snowshoes for clearing sand trails.
Just for fun, we’ve tried them a few times in about a foot of snow, and they offer little flotation compared to wearing boots. Due to the curvature of the snowshoe, the contact area with the snow is reduced. Their flotation capacity is therefore slightly better than a normal boot. However, they help reduce the likelihood of post-drilling in deep snow.
Another reason to use these snowshoes in compact conditions and not in powder snow is that they tend to “rooster tail” with snow. Essentially the snow gets stuck in your back and when you walk the snow flies up the backs of your legs.
You might be wondering, “Well, if a racquet isn’t good for powder, what’s the point? Well, actually a lot! Since these snowshoes were designed for packed conditions, this is where they thrive.
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Compact conditions and snowshoes? How do they go together?
Good question! With downhill sports, powder is the best snow. It is the same for the racket. Snowshoes were designed thousands of years ago to help you float on snow. This is their goal. But, snowshoeing in powder snow is a lot of work.
For those who prefer a more leisurely adventure without breaking their own trail, snowshoeing in areas with packed conditions offers an alternative experience. Typically you have to worry about scratching and deteriorating your cleats in packed conditions, but Eva’s cleats are foam. This design limits wear in packed snow conditions and makes them so good in sand.
This brings me to the reason why you are buying these rackets.
An extension of your foot
Crescent Moon Eva racquets are unlike any other racquet you have ever used. Most modern racquets have aluminum or steel crampons and a suspension system that allows the frame to disconnect from the foot.
With Eva snowshoes, your feet are attached with Velcro straps (more on that later) and the rackets look like an extension of your foot – like a running shoe. They are also quite light at 3lb 8oz. However, there are other models of lightweight (more expensive) rackets.
Since Eva foam snowshoes are constructed with lightweight materials, they are also very quiet on the snow for a peaceful experience in nature.
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Velcro type binding
The attachment of the Eva Foam Snowshoe and Eva Luna Snowshoe (the racing version of Eva Foam) is the same, a simple military grade hook-and-loop velcro attachment to keep your feet warm.
Since a running shoe inspired the Eva, many running racquets offer strap-on bindings or direct mount, allowing you to bolt your racquets to your running shoes. The Crescent Moon’s velcro strap feels like a direct fit, without the risk of damaging your running shoes. It’s simple, and it actually works quite well.
I used a pair of Eva Luna snowshoes in the USSSA National Race in late February 2020 (just before the world changed), and they worked great. Normally my ankles twist on the potato-like snow (the race conditions), but the Eva Luna snowshoes kept my ankles from twisting. Eva Lunas also look more like running shoes than snowshoes.
When it comes to fastening in leisure environments, the velcro kept our feet safe on these adventures. The only problem I think you will run into is if the velcro strap is full of snow. The strap is made of military grade material to resist snow and ice, but there is always a risk that it will stop working. Although it is not something that we have experienced. But, since these shoes shouldn’t be used for flotation and in deep powder, you shouldn’t have to worry about snow in the velcro strap.
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As for traction for both versions of the Eva, these snowshoes offer rubber studs on the bottom that are decent for digging in soft snow and sand. In addition, there are metal inserts to grip the ice at the toe and heel of the racquet.
We used the traction to pull the packed snow up to about 30 degrees and found it sufficient. Although these are recreational snowshoes and not designed for technical mountaineering or steep climbs in progress.
The last thing I want to talk about is the durability of these rackets. For my answer, I didn’t see any visible wear on these snowshoes after about 10 miles. The design philosophy of these rackets is to think of them as running shoes, so I think the durability would be similar to that of running shoes.
Like running shoes, I would expect them to last around a few hundred miles before the plastic starts to wear down and the foam starts to break down. But, of course, depending on how often you snowshoe, that will tell you how long those will last.
To sum up these rackets, it’s a completely different design philosophy than any other racket I’ve used.
Crescent Moon Eva Foam snowshoes are great snowshoes for running and staying on packed snow or for enjoying the benefits of snowshoeing. They don’t offer a lot of flotation, but they’re not designed for these conditions. They are also quite light and offer an easy-to-use binding for running and leisure outings. Due to their velcro attachments and curved design, they are more natural than conventional racing racquets.
For me, these snowshoes are good for someone who wants a simple pair of shoes and is considering sticking to packed trails and conditions. Crescent Moon really broke the mold (then molded…) these rackets.
If you are interested I suggest you take a look at these shoes. At least try them and see if you like them. You might be surprised.
And you? Would you have or have you used these rackets? What is your opinion on the Crescent Moon Eva snowshoes?
Crescent Moon provided our Eva snowshoes for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed by the author are entirely his.
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