Crescent Moon Women's Gold 13 Snowshoe:
The Gold 13 Mountain Hiking Snowshoes for Women by Crescent Moon are designed for snowshoers up to 165lbs. What really makes the Gold 13 worth considering is the combination of the SPL binding and the unique, exaggerated tear drop shape of the frames which makes them exceptionally responsive and easy to hike in. The light weight and comfortable design make the Gold 13s feel very maneuverable in tight timber, or fast and agile on packed trails. Stainless steel traction from heel to toe provide excellent grip on icy or hard pack snow and give you that cat-like sensation as you glide across the fall line. The Gold 13 comes in two colors, blissful burgundy or passionate purple, but beyond that, there really isn't a better choice of snowshoes for women. 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…….
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