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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 winner.
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Price:  $180 List | $179.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight, springy, decent traction, comfortable easy to use bindings, appropriate for running
Cons:  Do not float or shed snow well, Velcro bindings can stop being sticky, awkward to walk in
Manufacturer:   Crescent Moon
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 28, 2018
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#9 of 10
  • Flotation - 30% 5
  • Traction - 25% 7
  • Stride Ergonomics - 15% 7
  • Ease of Use - 10% 9
  • Binding Security - 10% 7
  • Binding Comfort - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Crescent Moon Eva All-Foam is a fun and funky snowshoe like none other in our review. The thick foam rocker-shaped decking is light and springy, literally propelling your feet forward when on a packed trail. The bindings are comfortable and very easy to use, though the fact that they adhere with Velcro renders them less durable than other, more robust and complex systems. These shoes don't float very well, so they aren't the ones to pick for deep snow, but for anyone that just wants to be bouncy and secure on groomed trails they are a viable option.

If you're in the market for a more serious and floaty setup, our Editors' Choice Tubbs Mountaineer is a fantastic option, as is our Top Pick for Technical Terrain, the MSR Lightning Ascent. We also highly recommend our Best Buy for Versatility, the MSR Evo for anyone needing to keep the price point down and performance high.


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Pros Lightweight, springy, decent traction, comfortable easy to use bindings, appropriate for runningExcellent flotation, great traction, easy to use bindings, comfortable, pleasant to walk in no matter the terrainSuperior traction, heel lifts for steep terrain, easy to use, men's and women's versions, add-on flotation tail compatibleGood traction and flotation, excellent binding system, heel lift, affordableGreat traction, Boa binding system, comfortable binding, easy walking, quiet
Cons Do not float or shed snow well, Velcro bindings can stop being sticky, awkward to walk inOn the heavy side, don't pack down as flat as other models, priceyExpensive, binding straps flop around, bindings take longer to get intoA bit heavy, tail flips up a lot of snow, toe shape feels a little wideBoa system is more finicky and less repairable than a strap system, on the heavier side
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 winner.This well-rounded snowshoe is a pleasure to use and has all the features needed for a day out in some serious snow.This is a serious snowshoe for people that want superior traction and versatility while out in steep and variable backcountry terrain.This is a well-rounded and solidly performing snowshoe fit for all kinds of terrain and objectives.This is a well-performing snowshoe with great traction suitable for many different kinds of terrain and snow.
Rating Categories Crescent Moon EVA Foam Tubbs Mountaineer - Women's Lightning Ascent Atlas Elektra Montane Louis Blizzard II
Flotation (30%)
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8
Traction (25%)
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9
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Stride Ergonomics (15%)
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Binding Security (10%)
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Binding Comfort (10%)
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Specs Crescent Moon EVA... Tubbs Mountaineer... Lightning Ascent Atlas Elektra... Louis Blizzard II
Uses Trail walking and running Mountain terrain Mountain and technical terrain Mountain and technical terrain Day hiking, variable rolling terrain
Optimum weight loads (per size) Up to 200 lbs 21": 80-150 lbs, 25": 120-200 lbs, 30": 170-250lbs 22": 180 lbs, 25":120-210 lbs 23": 80-160 lbs, 27": 120-200+ lbs 22": 80-160 lbs, 25": 100-200 lbs
Weight (per pair) 3.8 lbs 21": 4.3 lbs, 25": 4.8 lbs, 30": 4.9 lbs 22": 3.56 lbs, 25": 3.75 lbs 23": 4.26 lbs, 27": 4.36 lbs 22": 4.2 lbs, 25": 4.4 lbs
Binding mount Static Full Full Fixed Full
Binding system Velcro hook and loop binding ActivFit binding PosiLock AT bindings Wrapp Swift binding Boa binding
Crampon Icespikes Anaconda toe & Python heel crampons Powder-coated steel Torsion2 crampons All-trac toe crampon Traxion HCS front crampon & V-rail crampon
Frame material Dual Density EVA Foam Aluminum 7000-series aluminum Aluminum V-frame 6061-T6 Aluminum ErgoStream
Deck material Dual Density EVA foam SoftTec decking Urethane-impregnated nylon Nytex decking EDGE molded polymer
Surface area (per size) 160 in² 136 in² for 21", 178 in² for 25", and 234 in² for 30" 160 in² for 25" 145 in² for 23" and 176 in² for 27" 189 in²
Dimensions 24" x 8" x 2" 8 x 21"/25"/30" 7.25 x 22"/25" 8.5 x 23"/27" 8 x 22"/25"
Flotation tails sold separately? No No Yes No No
Load with tails (per size) N/A N/A Up to 240 lbs for 22", 270 lbs for 25" N/A N/A
Men's and Women's versions? Unisex Yes Yes No, women's specific Yes
Sizes Available 24" 21", 25", 30" 22" and 25" 23" and 27" 22" and 25"
Size Tested 24" 25" 22" and 25" 27" 25"

Our Analysis and Test Results

If nimble springiness on packed trails sounds like the perfect snowshoeing experience, look no farther than the Eva All-Foam. This unique model offers a thick foam rocker-shaped platform that propels each foot forward as you walk. The feeling even inspired us to run! While this shoe isn't the best for flotation or durability, it is a fun design that will appeal to a lot of users.

Performance Comparison


The Eva has a unique feel that took some getting used to. But once we got the hang of it we were skipping along happily.
The Eva has a unique feel that took some getting used to. But once we got the hang of it we were skipping along happily.

Flotation


This isn't the shoe to buy if your primary goal is to float on deep drifts of fresh snow. The thick decking is devoid of the spaces and holes you see on most snowshoes, which are designed to allow snow to clear the top by falling back through. These also have a smaller surface area than many of our other tested models.

While you will still float considerably more than you would without snowshoes, this simply isn't the model to consider for deep snow excursions. The Eva shines on packed trails, so take your snowshoe goals and locations into consideration.

When out in powder  snow collects on the top of the Eva's decking and is a big culprit in impeding floatation.
When out in powder, snow collects on the top of the Eva's decking and is a big culprit in impeding floatation.

Traction


Again the Eva shuns convention and tries something new. Instead of toothy crampons like most modern snowshoes, these puppies sport Icespikes, which are more like the microspikes available for hiking. The underside is also highly ridged and textured. They feel nice and sticky on packed snow and icy terrain, but the spikes don't provide the same level of traction as a burlier, more traditional design. They also get worn down over time, though replacement spikes are available for purchase.

The underside of the Eva is strategically ridged  textured  and spiked and  while we found the traction quite good on groomed trails  it's not the same as the aggressive crampons of more serious models.
The underside of the Eva is strategically ridged, textured, and spiked and, while we found the traction quite good on groomed trails, it's not the same as the aggressive crampons of more serious models.

Stride Ergonomics


This is an interesting category for the Eva. It is a unisex shoe with a thick foam deck so, in some ways, we found it straight up awkward. The height of the platform also makes it possible to roll your foot if you're not paying attention and are prone to pronation or supination.

Mostly though, we just had to get used to the feel, which is very different from the rest of our test suite. We noticed right away on packed snow that each step felt as though it was propelling our foot forward. This springy sensation was really fun and even got us happily doing a bit of trail running. If having a bounce in your step down groomed winter trails sounds like your jam, this is a great option.

The springy nature of the Eva helped propel us down the trail and even want to run!
The springy nature of the Eva helped propel us down the trail and even want to run!

Ease of Use


It doesn't get much easier than the simple Velcro binding system on this snowshoe. Slide your foot in until it hits the raised toe stopper then cinch down the sandal-like Velcro straps. Done and done. There is no fancy binding attachment on the Eva — instead of the foot pivoting separately from the shoe as on most models, the entirety of the footbed stays connected to the foam platform. While this means the decking collects more snow and can get weighed down, it also means that it's incredibly easy to be nimble and agile. Our testers have tripped and fallen over in the past when trying to back up or step over obstacles with traditional full-and-fixed-pivot bindings, but not in the Eva. All manner of movement was about as easy as if we were wearing sneakers.

The Eva is a very simple and un-intimidating shoe to use  ideal for casual days out on the trail with friends. And just look at all the colors!
The Eva is a very simple and un-intimidating shoe to use, ideal for casual days out on the trail with friends. And just look at all the colors!

Binding Security


While we felt secure in the bindings on the Eva, we all know the downfalls of Velcro. It can easily get full of dirt and debris — or ice — and become far less sticky. While it is great for many things, it simply does not have the longevity as more mechanically focused systems. If you choose to purchase this snowshoe, be mindful to take care of the Velcro and keep it clean.

This is a very easy binding system to use  but it is made out of Velcro and is therefore prone to damage and deterioration in a way that other more robust systems are not.
This is a very easy binding system to use, but it is made out of Velcro and is therefore prone to damage and deterioration in a way that other more robust systems are not.

Binding Comfort


Very comfy! With a platform made of all foam and cozy Velcro straps that are easy to tension and adjust, this is a very cush system — no complaints.

Accommodating to all shapes and sizes of boots  the bindings on the Eva are quite comfortable and easy to adjust.
Accommodating to all shapes and sizes of boots, the bindings on the Eva are quite comfortable and easy to adjust.

Best Applications


Because the Eva does not float well and the bindings are not as robust as other more technical setups, this shouldn't be your top choice for serious backcountry objectives that will take you into deep snow and lonely terrain. This snowshoe is best for the more casual day hiker who wants to work up a sweat on a nice groomed trail, take the dogs for a walk, or have some extra support while doing chores outside. It's also a viable option for those that want to be able to run, though we did not test it in that capacity or compare it to running-specific models.

The Eva served us well hiking up a trail to do some avalanche snow tests  though we changed to a different pair to explore farther up into deep virgin snow.
The Eva served us well hiking up a trail to do some avalanche snow tests, though we changed to a different pair to explore farther up into deep virgin snow.

Value


The cost of these snowshoes is on the lower end of our tested models. It still costs a solid chunk more than our best buy-winning Atlas Elektra Rendezvous and versatile MSR Evo, but not by much. If you need a technical setup for floating out in deep snow and traversing steep icy hills, then they aren't worth it. But if you plan to stay on trails and possibly run? Then yes, we find them worth the price.

Conclusion


The Eva All-Foam is a unique addition to our test suite. While it didn't score very high due, mainly, to its lack of adequate flotation, we did have a lot of fun wearing this shoe and think it's great for the right outings. On packed trails where you want to be fast and nimble, these are great and — if you take care of the Velcro bindings — will serve you well.

While the Eva is not the best performer all-around  it was fun and practical for the right kind of outings.
While the Eva is not the best performer all-around, it was fun and practical for the right kind of outings.


Penney Garrett