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Innovation in Snowshoes: Jake Thamm

In every industry and community, there are leaders and there are followers. Jake Thamm has shown himself to be one of the leaders in the snowshoeing community. For this reason, we awarded Jake Thamm the 2016 Cindy Brochman Award.

To get to know Jake’s contributions to snowshoeing, we have to go back to Crescent Moon’s humble beginnings 20 years ago. Like most ideas, Jake started Crescent Moon by scribbling out an idea for a better snowshoe on a bar napkin. With his idea, he stared building snowshoes in his garage. With the challenges and successes over the next 20 years, Crescent Moon is serious competition in the snowshoe business.

That isn’t all of Jake’s contributions. At snowshoeing events, Jake always shows up with a smile and with a great attitude. He is passionate about life and about fitness and is always willing to help and motivate people. It is with these qualities that we at Snowshoe Magazine have a special thanks to give him. The founder of Snowshoe Magazine, Ryan Alfrod, went to Jake for advice when he originally thought of starting Snowshoe Magazine. Jake gave him motivation and support which was a huge contributing factor in turning Snowshoe Magazine into a successful online magazine.

The snowshoeing industry is not one known for change. For the most part, the aluminum framed snowshoes are the same basic design as snowshoes made 25 years ago. This is where Jake’s motivation and positive energy have lead him to become one of the few innovators in the snowshoeing industry.

It’s through this innovation that Jake Thamm has built a new type of snowshoe. It’s his Eva-all-foam snowshoe. This snowshoe is a completely new design around the goal of making snowshoeing easy and fun. The snowshoe is made to be light weight, flexible, capable, and easy to use. I’d recommend checking out the kickstarter campaign for it. If you back it, you will receive a snowshoe at a lower cost and before everybody else.

The innovations and contributions that Jake has brought to the snowshoe community makes him a worthy recipient of the 2016 Cindy Brochman Snowshoe Magazine Award. Keep it up Jake!

One thought on “Innovation in Snowshoes: Jake Thamm

  1. If UR shoeing in nice, powdery, flat, open terrain, I could see where these would work fine. But what about when you hit an icy patch, or slush? We’ve all gone off piste and wound up maneuvering through brush, branches, or gotten a cleat snagged on a gnarly log. I’ve seen super-foam thingys get pierced, sliced, gouged & dinged in other circumstances. What would happen to these shoes under those conditions? Might be great for runners or novices at x-cntry venues/resorts, or when to sit on when butt sliding, but wouldn’t trust them if breaking trail or backcountry or even moderate, narrow trails.

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