Come and try these at Howl!! Recommended as a first pair, AND a second pair, for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, dog walkers, runners, and people who love the snow. Luna Snowshoes were introduced in 2017 after our co-founder Tamara Laug, a life-long runner, was inspired by the rocker-shaped Hoka running shoes. We wanted to make a snowshoe that was comfortable, lightweight, quiet, and made snowshoeing more like wearing a pair of your favorite running or hiking shoes. Snowshoes that both beginners and enthusiasts alike could appreciate. In short, nothing less than disrupting the entire category of traditional snowshoes. Crescent Moon has been making snowshoes for 22 years, and the only one to make a snowshoe made of expandable polymer - the same material used in every running and athletic shoe in the world. But we knew we were on to something. So, we started making prototypes out of packing sheet foam, carving, sanding and forming them by hand to test the concept. We called our friend Dan Laska, who was the lead designer at Crocs, and asked him to help us make “the best recreational snowshoes" on the market. Two years in the making and lots of time and days on snow, Luna was conceived. We produced our first Luna snowshoe and introduced it at the 2017 Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver. It won every Best of Gear award and Best of Show there was. (It's still winning awards). It was all the buzz, and still is within the industry. In 2018 we made some changes to the first version by adding ice-spikes to the bottom of the shoes for better traction. In 2019 (the current season) after listening to our rental customers, like the Breckenridge Nordic Center, we made changes to the foot bed and traction elements, along with a reconfigured harness. The staff told us they wanted to replace ALL of their traditional rental shoes with foam because they're simple, intuitive, unbreakable, durable,recyclable, and affordable. But the most compelling reason for the Luna snowshoes we heard from the Nordic centers is that their customers loved them. “the best lightweight snowshoes" they'd ever had on their fleet. We wanted to make snowshoeing more intuitive for those who hadn't considered it before, and to rekindle the joy of snowshoeing for those who had equipment that just didn't inspire them anymore. We've been snowshoeing for decades and traditional snowshoes are awkward, heavy, clunky and with each step, you experience an unnatural hesitation between taking a step and the snowshoe catching up with a weird heel slapping noise. Or, they drag along the ground. None of that happens with the foam snowshoes. They're a great first, or second, pair of snowshoes. They make great gifts too. They're recommended snowshoes for beginners, as well as snowshoe runners and day hikers. Even if you only get out a few times this winter, they're worth having in the trunk of your car for those moments where you want to get rid of some stress in the great outdoors. They're perfect for that. Luna snowshoes are highly recommended for trails and in packed powder conditions and offer a more comfortable and quiet snowshoeing experience than a comparably sized traditional snowshoe.
Running snowshoes are made to move you and your feet in a natural and ergonomically efficient way. The Gold 12 model was designed for runners of both sexes to get away quickly on packed trails, up ski runs, and across race courses. Past winner of the ‘Winter Gear of the Year’ award (Trail Runner Magazine), we continue to improve them in our pursuit of a better time. The Gold 12 running snowshoes come with a lightweight, foot-formed secure binding that holds your foot securely from top to bottom and front to back, from start to finish…. It has become the Gold standard by which other running snowshoes are measured. To keep your feet warm and dry, consider the neoprene booties that fit over your running shoes for complete comfort. The overall weight of the Gold 12 is also among the lightest, but just as importantly, is the reliability of the entire shoe. We think you should be able to able to run “all the way” back home. Whether you’re a seasoned snowshoe runner or shopping for your first pair, the Gold 12s are among the best trail running snowshoes you can put on your feet.
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