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Crescent Moon Eva Foam Review

While this isn't the shoe for floating on deep snow drifts, if you want to run and skip your way down the trail it's a blast
crescent moon eva foam snowshoes women review
The Eva is a very simple and un-intimidating shoe to use, ideal for casual days out on the trail with friends.
Credit: Matthew Blake
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Price:  $179 List
Manufacturer:   Crescent Moon
By Hayley Thomas ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 23, 2022
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RANKED
#13 of 13
  • Flotation - 30% 4.0
  • Traction - 25% 4.0
  • Stride Ergonomics - 15% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9.0
  • Bindings - 15% 2.0

Our Verdict

The Crescent Moon Eva Foam is a unique take on a snowshoe. It's a fun and funky shape like none other in our review. The shoe is made of thick foam and holds a rocker-shaped decking. This allows for a light and springy feel while strolling down a packed trail. The bindings are relatively comfortable and very easy to use, though some of our testers found themself with blisters on their heels after a few hours of hiking. They lack in both floatation and traction, so they are not great for deep snow, steep terrain, or icy slopes, but for anyone that wants to be bouncy and secure on groomed trails, they are a very decent option.
REASONS TO BUY
Lightweight
Springy
Easy to use bindings
Appropriate for running
REASONS TO AVOID
Does not float or shed snow well
Awkward to walk in
Minimal traction on steep terrain
Editor's Note: This article was updated on December 23, 2022, after a full retest.

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Pros Lightweight, springy, easy to use bindings, appropriate for runningComfortable and simple binding system, carbon steel crampons, uniquely placed heel crampons, quietEasy and natural stride, unique 3-crampon traction system, easy binding systemAffordable, stellar traction, wide fit bindingsEasy binding adjustments, excellent traction, flexible, budget-friendly, good for packed snow, lightweight
Cons Does not float or shed snow well, awkward to walk in, minimal traction on steep terrainExtra rotation causes shin impact, mediocre flotation on fresh snowSubpar float on unpacked snow, only supports 200 pounds, bulky heel liftLoud on packed snow, duck waddle for those with a narrower gait, straps can flow around a littleLoud, below average float on fresh snow, straps flop around
Bottom Line While this isn't the shoe for floating on deep snow drifts, if you want to run and skip your way down the trail it's a blastWith its outstandingly comfortable binding system, decent floatation, and stellar traction, this snowshoe is perfect for casual useA snowshoe with an extreme teardrop shape and three hefty crampons for a natural stride and extra tractionThis affordable shoe is equipped with stellar traction and versatile bindings, making it a wonderful pick for varied terrain levels and snow typesA lightweight snowshoe perfect for beginner terrain with easy-to-adjust bindings, great traction, and flexible decking
Rating Categories Crescent Moon Eva Foam Tubbs Wilderness -... Crescent Moon Leadv... MSR Evo Trail Snows... Atlas Helium Trail...
Flotation (30%)
4.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Traction (25%)
4.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Stride Ergonomics (15%)
6.0
8.0
10.0
7.0
6.0
Ease of Use (15%)
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Bindings (15%)
2.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Crescent Moon Eva Foam Tubbs Wilderness -... Crescent Moon Leadv... MSR Evo Trail Snows... Atlas Helium Trail...
Uses Rolling Terrain & Running Day hiking Technical mountain terrain and packed snow Flat and variable rolling terrain Trail walking
Optimum Weight Load (per size) Up to 200 lbs 21": 80-150 lbs
25": 120-200 lbs
30": 170-250 lbs
Up to 200 lbs 180 lbs 23": 80-160 lbs
26": 150-220 lbs
30": 200-270+ lbs
Weight (per pair) 3.2 lbs 4.1 lbs 4.2 lbs 4.0 lbs 3.0 lbs
Binding Mount Static Full Full Full Full
Binding System Velcro hook and loop binding Quick-Fit Binding Cam buckle quick pull loop and ratchet heel strap Paraglide Wrapp Stretch
Crampon Ice spikes Cobra Toe Crampon
Tubbs Heel Crampon
3 stainless steel crampon system featuring the climbing "toe" claw design Steel traction rails Toe crampon
Frame Material Dual Density EVA Foam Aluminum Aluminum Martensitic steel Aluminum
Deck Material Dual Density EVA foam Nylon Nylon Polypropylene Nytex nylon
Surface Area (for tested size) 166.7 in² 228.0 in² 192.9 in² 174.5 in² without tails, 220 in² with 205 in²
Dimensions 24" x 8" 9" x 30" 9.5" x 29" 8" x 22" 8" x 30"
Flotation Tails Available? No No No Yes, 6" No
Load with Tails (per size) N/A N/A N/A Up to 250 lbs N/A
Men's and Women's Versions? Unisex Yes Yes Unisex Unisex
Sizes Available 24" 21", 25", 30" 29" 22" 23", 26", 30"
Size Tested 24" 25" 29" 22" plus 6" add-on tails 26"

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Crescent Moon Eva Foam is nothing if not unique. It is made entirely of foam and has a very simple velcro binding. The small metal spikes on the bottom help with traction, but this shoe is best used on flat, packed snow. Read on to see how it performed throughout our testing.

Performance Comparison


crescent moon eva foam snowshoes women review - the eva foam takes a moment to get used to, but once you find your...
The Eva Foam takes a moment to get used to, but once you find your footing you won't be able to help skipping your way down the trail.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Flotation


If you are looking to float high on deep snowdrifts, then you may want to continue your search. The thick foam decking of the Eva is one solid piece devoid of the spaces and holes you see on most snowshoes. Those holes are designed to allow snow to clear the top of the shoe, keeping them light and easy to move in. The Eva itself is actually quite light, but the snow that gathers on top weighs them down.

While you will avoid post-holing the way you would without a snowshoe, this isn't the model to consider for deep snow excursions. The Eva is best used on packed trails, so be sure to take your snowshoe goals and locations into consideration during your search for the perfect fit.

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When hiking through fresh powder, the snow collecting on the top of the Eva's decking is a big culprit in impeding floatation.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Traction


The unique design of the Eva does not stop at its rocker shape or simplistic foam material. Instead of toothy crampons like most modern snowshoes, the underside is highly ridged and textured. It almost resembles the bottom of a soccer cleat. The shoe has optional ice spikes for added traction, which provide solid stick on flat or lightly rolling hills of packed or icy snow. While the spikes don't provide the same level of traction as a shoe with large crampons and teethed side rails, they get the job done on the right terrain. The spikes will wear down over time, so additional replacement spikes are available for purchase.

crescent moon eva foam snowshoes women review - the underside of the eva is strategically ridged, textured, and...
The underside of the Eva is strategically ridged, textured, and comes with removable ice spikes for added traction.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Stride Ergonomics


The toe side of the Eva is quite wide, which forced most of our users, petite or not, to widen their gait while walking. This is a unisex shoe with thick foam decking, which, at first, just feels straight-up awkward. That being said, once you find your footing, the shoes are actually pretty fun. Taking longer steps or even upping the pace to a light jog improves stride ergonomics immensely. Each step feels as though it is propelling the foot forward, so moving quickly in feels more natural than leisurely strolling along at a slower pace. If having a bounce in your step down groomed winter trails sounds like your jam, this is a great option.

crescent moon eva foam snowshoes women review - the springy nature of the eva will help you propel down the trail...
The springy nature of the Eva will help you propel down the trail and maybe even want to run!
Credit: Matthew Blake

Ease of Use


It doesn't get much easier than Velcro, right? Well, that thought is probably what inspired the simple Velcro binding system on the Eva Foam. Slide your foot in and then cinch down the sandal-like straps. Done and done. There is no fancy binding attachment — instead of the foot pivoting separately from the shoe, as on most models, the entirety of the footbed stays connected to the foam platform. This means the decking collects more snow and in turn, contributes to lack of float, but as we already mentioned, these shoes are meant more for packed trails than fresh powder adventures. The sneaker-like nature of the Eva makes stepping over logs or other obstacles a breeze, so feel free to parkour off whatever you please while sporting these puppies!

crescent moon eva foam snowshoes women review - the sneaker-like design makes tackling most obstacles a breeze.
The sneaker-like design makes tackling most obstacles a breeze.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Bindings


While we felt mostly secure in the Eva, some of our testers reported discomfort. Because the shoe does not hinge, it may pull on the heel of your boot a bit. A few of our testers ended their hikes with small blisters on their heels, so make sure you strap your feet down tightly and wear appropriate socks, or you may suffer the same fate. Additionally, while we did not have any issues with the Velcro on our outings, we are all aware of the fact that most Velcro lacks durability and longevity. If you choose to purchase this snowshoe, be mindful to take care of the Velcro and keep it clean, or you may find that these shoes do not last you as long as you may want.

crescent moon eva foam snowshoes women review - accommodating to all shapes and sizes of boots, the bindings on the...
Accommodating to all shapes and sizes of boots, the bindings on the Eva are not only comfortable but very easy to adjust.
Credit: Matthew Blake

Should You Buy the Crescent Moon Eva Foam?


The cost of these snowshoes is on the lower end of our tested models, but they aren't worth it if you need a technical setup for floating out in deep snow and traversing steep icy hills. But if you plan to stay on trails and possibly run? Then yes, we find them worth the price.

crescent moon eva foam snowshoes women review - if you are looking for stellar float on deep, fresh snow, then the...
If you are looking for stellar float on deep, fresh snow, then the Eva's may not be the best fit.
Credit: Matthew Blake

What Other Snowshoes Should You Consider?


If the prospect of snowshoe running is exciting to you, the Atlas Run is made for just that, although it's a bit more expensive than the Eva Foam. If you are looking for something more technical but still budget-friendly, the MSR Evo Trail is a good option. The Tubbs Wilderness is slightly more expensive but comes equipped with a comfortable and easy-to-use binding system.

Hayley Thomas
 
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