A couple of months back we told you about an innovative new snowshoe design from Crescent Moon that replaces the traditional aluminum frame with a specially developed lightweight foam instead. At the time, the snowshoe was still in the prototype phase, but it already looked very promising. Now, the company is hoping to get this new design off the drawing board and into production and it’s looking for a little help from the outdoor community to achieve that goal.
Crescent Moon has dubbed its latest creation the Eva All-Foam Snowshoe, a name that is derived from the fact that the company uses dual-density ethyelyene-vinal-acetate (EVA) in its construction. Those are the main components of the foam that makes up the snowshoe, giving it a lightweight – yet very flexible – frame. Tipping the scales at just 3 pounds, 8 ounces for a pair, these snowshoes should be amongst the lightest available on the market when they arrive in stores later this fall. And thanks to a unique rocker-shaped design, they promise to perform more like an oversized trail running shoe on snow and ice too.
We had a chance to try on a pair of Eva’s at the 2017 Outdoor Retailer convention back in January, and can attest to how lightweight and comfortable they are to wear. Crescent Moon has designed them to be easy to get on and off and they can accommodate nearly any men’s shoe between the sizes of 5 – 15. There are even hard plastic “teeth” integrated into the bottom of the snowshoes to help keep a firm grip on slick surfaces.
A few days back, Crescent Moon launched a Kickstarter campaign with the hopes of raising $20,000 to get the Eva snowshoes into production. So far, they’ve collected about a third of that amount with more than a month to go until the fundraising efforts end. If successful, the company will begin shipping the new snowshoe in September, when they’ll retail for $160. Early-bird supporters can pre-order their own set now however, and have them before the arrival of next winter.