Crescent Moon Snowshoes Gold 9 Snowshoe
The Gold 9 Mountain Hiking Snowshoes by Crescent Moon are the perfect size and shape for maximum maneuverability and ease of use on packed powder and trails in mountainous terrain. Cited by numerous outdoor magazines and the choice of dozens of Nordic centers and professional guides across the country, the Gold 9 is an outstanding snowshoe for recreationalists to core users. Recommended for 'shoers' up to 195lbs.The 27" long tear drop shaped frame and Crescent Moon's fixed hinge chord make the Gold 9s highly responsive, with the ability to maneuver over obstacles and in tight timber, including the ability to move backwards. Because of the design of the SPL binding Crescent Moon has a unique 3 claw, stainless steel traction system which includes a toe claw, clearly an advantage when climbing, or for that matter, hiking on flat terrain as well. With each step, you have complete control with teeth-gnashing grip at every point as your foot rotates from heel to toe, pushing off the toe (claw) as it leaves the ground ..what could be more natural? The Gold 9s are an excellent snowshoe choice for being mobile, agile, and adventurous this winter. Make your outdoor experience the best it can be with a pair of Crescent Moons. What makes each of Crescent Moon's Gold series of shoes unique and worth considering is the SPL adjustable binding, recognized in Backpacker's Winter Gear Guide (09/10) as the best binding on the market. The single-pull-loop (SPL) is designed to capture your foot with equal tension in all directions, not just top down like all other bindings, but the anatomically shaped SPL harness also form-fits around, and supports, your foot from side to side and most uniquely, from front to back. Because of this unique capture system, the binding translates the motion of your foot in every direction and makes the snowshoes by Crescent Moon highly responsive. With each step you take you will notice the tail of the shoe follows your heel, immediately lifting off the ground this is the opposite of the motion, and feel, of a free-rotation system found on other brands, commonly known as tail draggers". The benefit of the Crescent Moon design is that they are much more maneuverable (and fun) than a tail dragger, but you should also know that natural hinge snowshoes will pick up snow when you're in deep powder; some people don't like that because they get it on the back of their legs, so be sure to wear the appropriate clothing to stay warm and dry. So, remember 'tail draggers" have less snow pick-up, but they don't have nearly the responsiveness and mobility that Crescent Moon snowshoes have. If you want to stay on the trail and follow everyone else, perhaps the tail draggers are good enough, but if you want to kick up your heels and go where you want to go, there's only one choice to make.
- Backpacker Magazine Award - Best Binding 2011
- Material: 6061 TIG welded Aluminum Frames
- Hand-shaped into ergonomic tear-drop forms)
- Made with 85% recycled aluminum
- 3 stainless steel crampon traction
- All-foot encompassing harness with CM toe cleat
- TGS decking material resists abrasion and extreme cold down to minus 40 degreesUSA
- Contains no PVC
- 100% wind powered energy used in production facility
- All waste materials are recycled
- Lifetime warranty on all Gold models
- Made in Boulder, CO,
- User Weight: up to 195lbs
- Dimension: 27" x 9"
- Weight: 4.4lbs/pair
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Reviews - Crescent Moon Snowshoes Gold 9 Snowshoe
These snowshoes are great. I'm 5'9" ~120lbs. I've used resort rental (Atlas & MSR) in the past. I like the Crescent Moon Gold 9 for three reasons: 1. Binding system: Easy/quick in and out. On the trail operation is very easy. It takes about 45 secs to get in/out. I have no issue with the pull-string or buckle system getting stuck with snow on them. 2. Natural movement: I was able to keep my natural stride and didn't have to adjust my walking. Also, you can walk backward with ease! I like to explore and sometimes get into places I need to back my way out. You'll be surprise how often you will naturally try to walk backward. 3. Crampon: The steel crampon provided great traction over ice and varying terrain. The toe spike provided great grip when I had to climb up a vertical creek bank. Overall these Crescent Moon Gold 9 performed to my expectations. Durability is still to be determine, but others have said they are very durable (the lifetime warranty for Gold series is also a plus).
Awesome snowshoe. I gave my older version to a friend and have already logged greater than 100 miles on the new. I know I used the older set for over 4 yearsand look forward to using these for the next five.
I've been snowshoeing for 30 years. I've had 3 pairs of Tubbs and with each pair I had an issue with my foot sliding onto the frame. Often I would have to tighten the binding. Crescent Moon deals with this with an all "rubber" binding. It doesn't stretch and therefore I don't need to tighten and my foot stays on the decking. The crescent Moons cost more but it is well worth it. I've converted.