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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:  $159 List | $110.93 at REI
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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  ⋅  Feb 11, 2020
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SCORE


RANKED
#8 of 8
  • Flotation - 30% 5
  • Traction - 25% 7
  • Stride Ergonomics - 15% 7
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9
  • Bindings - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Crescent Moon Eva 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 systems. These shoes don't float very well, so they aren't the ones to pick for deep snow, but for anyone that wants to be bouncy and secure on groomed trails, they are a very decent option.

Big Update
The Eva Foam has received a pretty substantial overhaul since we tested it:
  • Colors have been updated
  • The decking has a more aggressive curve to improve natural stride
  • Front toe bumper has been removed to decrease stress on the heel and improve comfort
  • D-rings and Velcro are stronger
  • It's lighter, now 3.5 lbs for the pair, down from 3.8 lbs.

While we haven't had an opportunity to test the new version yet, we plan to do so soon. All information and photos in the following review are for the older version.

January 2020


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Our Analysis and Test Results

If nimble springiness on packed trails sounds like the perfect snowshoeing experience, look no farther than the Eva 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 takes some getting used to. But once you get the hang of it  you'll be skipping along happily.
The Eva has a unique feel that takes some getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you'll be 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 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 find the traction quite good on groomed trails  it's not the same as the aggressive crampons of more technical models.
The underside of the Eva is strategically ridged, textured, and spiked and, while we find the traction quite good on groomed trails, it's not the same as the aggressive crampons of more technical 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 is 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 will help you propel down the trail and even want to run!
The springy nature of the Eva will help you propel 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 when trying to back up or step over obstacles with traditional full-and-fixed-pivot bindings — not so in the Eva. Movement is reminiscent of 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!

Bindings


While we felt secure and comfortable in 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. It's great for many things, but it simply does not have the longevity of more mechanically focused systems. If you choose to purchase this snowshoe, be mindful to take care of the Velcro and keep it clean.

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.

Value


The cost of these snowshoes is on the lower end of our tested models. They still cost more than other shoes in our review, 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.

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.


If the prospect of snowshoe running is exciting to you, Crescent Moon has a new model, the Luna, made for just that.

Conclusion


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


Penney Garrett