SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW:

The Amazing Backcountry Snowshoe: Gold 10 by Crescent Moon

 

The Gold 10 snowshoes by Crescent Moon are made both for walking on-trail and off, in shallow or deep snow and were tested in both of these conditions. If you want to make your own path towards your goal, these are the snowshoes you need. These snowshoes are built for neverending exploration and adventure, even when the trail ends.

They simply bring more to the table. They offer a larger surface area (32 x 10), more traction, and larger bindings. If you are looking for one of the best snowshoes that you can find, this is it. There are a very few other snowshoes on the market that can compete with this product.

Now let’s see what makes them so great.

Adjustable size

Even though you can find descriptions online where it says that Gold 10 are men’s snowshoes, this simply isn’t the case. They can be worn by both men and women. They have bindings which can be expanded or contracted so that anyone can fit their foot in them comfortably and tightly, no matter what kind of boots they are wearing.

Approximately, they can go from a size 6 for women to a size 15 for men. The foot is easily tightened, with one hand needed to lock it securely in the center of the snowshoe. This allows you to climb any kind of angle and walk through snow no matter how deep it might be.

Per the manufacturer, the Gold 10 can carry up to 225 lbs of weight. Keep in mind though that the 225 lbs includes the weight of the individual and the weight that the individual is carrying. If packing more weight than recommended, be sure to use a longer frame (36”) to limit sinking in deeper snow.

Easy to maneuver

One of the greatest issues with large snowshoes is that they can be difficult to maneuver. Even though the Gold 10s are 32 x 10, which is larger than most traditional snowshoes (30 x 10), they are far more comfortable and easy to maneuver.  In this writer’s opinion, the large dimensions don’t present a problem because of the moderated design with a teardrop shape that makes movement easier.

 

This teardrop tail does not only make it easy to walk on a variety of terrain and do multiple types of movement, but it also prevents the possibility on stepping on the deck of one shoe with the other. This is really amazing, especially when you consider how large they are.

If you are packing more weight than the 225 lb recommendation, this writer would recommend considering the Gold 17 as an alternative to the Gold 10 because the Gold 17 is considerably larger and capable of carrying 300 pounds of weight. Size does impact the maneuverability, so have this in mind if you’re a recreational hiker.

No slips, no unexpected twists

Larger adventurers often experience difficulties due to their size when walking across difficult terrains in snowshoes. Some of the most common issues are heel twists and slips due to pressure and wet environments. However, with the Gold 10 snowshoes, this is surprisingly not an issue at all.

 

Our tester weights 210 pounds and with the U-shape straps on the Gold 10, he was able to tighten the arch straps and forefoot without any issues. In fact, the platform is designed so that there is no room for unexpected movement at all. The binding is very stable, which can be the difference between falling down or spraining your ankle.

In all, these snowshoes are one of the best and are highly recommended by the Snowshoe Mag team. Crescent Moon Gold 10 can be purchased directly from Crescent MoonBackcountry.com, Amazon, or a store near you.  

The product reviewed in this article was supplied and tested by the writer, and expresses the writer’s honest opinion of the product.

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