Brand Focus is where we check out some of the best brands in snowboarding. It may involve and interview with a key member, a particular product or reviews of some of their key products.
Vans have been the skater’s shoe of choice since 1966 and have supported skateboarding throughout the decades. Vans have also been down for snowboarding since day one, and now offer a huge range of the most technologically advanced, rider focussed snowboard boots on the market. Vans also have a sub-line called MTE which fuse their street and snow know how to offer weatherproofed, street inspired clothing that keep you warm and dry in foul weather.
Vans Pat Moore Infuse £320
The most complete boot that Vans have ever released, the Pat Moore Infuse offers an unlimited adaptability at its highest standard. Employing the sophisticated and versatile features of the Vans snowboard boot line, the Pat Moore Infuse is a performance driven boot that has been designed to be ridden in every kind snowboard train and can be readily customised to the wearer’s preference thanks to the Hybrid plus technology. Pat said ‘I use all of the customisable features of the Infuse as my season evolves. At the beginning of last season, I set up a new pair by heat molding the liners and using the Boa and lace system to wear the boots at a medium flex to ride park and street. Switching to backcountry, I put in the tongue stiffeners and cranked the Boa down to add support for powder riding. Then, when it was time for spring slush conditions, I took the tongue stiffeners out for a looser boot to just mess around and have fun in’. Mon Barbour rode them at Snowboard Spring Break and agreed ‘A solid, well built lace up boot with additional BOA to pull your heel into the back of the boot. Ultracush outsole for superior grip and outer top strap for increased support’.
Women’s MTE Diggit Jacket £110
A quilted nylon jacket built for the elements and perfect as a mid winter layer or wearing around town on it’s own. The Diggit Mountain Edition features 1K durable water-repellent coating, with a high neck to seal out the weather and a cosy 6 oz. fill throughout for additional warmth.
SK8-Hi 46 MTE £85
Pro rider Hana Beaman’s colourway of the Sk8-Hi MTE, The Sk8-Hi 46 MTE is the female specific rework of the world famous Sk8-Hi shoe and integrates everything that the male version does, with the addition of a super warm and cosy Sherpa lining that keeps your feet warm and dry. The new outsole takes all of Vans snowboard boot sole technology and adds it to the MTE for unparalleled grip in the snow. Fashion and function in one.
Sk8-Hi MTE £80
The Vans Sk8-Hi is a rework of the world famous Sk8-Hi shoe and integrates bad weather-specific features to make it work in the snow. Premium Scotchgard-treated leather stops the water getting, with a heat retaining layer between the sockliner and outsole, warm fleece linings to help keep your feet warm and dry. There’s a newly-constructed vulcanized outsole that takes advantage of 20 years of snow boot design and development to offer you maximum traction in the snow. The Sk8-Hi MTE also features reinforced toecaps to withstand repeated wear and padded collars for support and flexibility.
Mens Jonesport MTE Jacket £100
So hands up who doesn’t love a Coaches jacket? Nobody? The Vans The Jonesport Mountain Edition Jacket features classic snap buttons to the front with a DWR waterproof coating to to keep the moisture out and and flannel body lining to keep you warm and dry. Classic, timeless style in a function and warm, lightweight jacket, perfect for the domes, and spring riding.
Men’s MTE 66th Parallel jacket £130
Everyone needs a puffer – lightweight, minimal bulk and super warm, you can wear them under your jacket in the midwinter, in the car on cold mornings or on it’s own as the weather warms. The 66th Parallel Mountain Edition Jacket is an all-weather, 100% nylon horizontal quilt puffer jacket that featuring 1K durable water-repellent coating, PrimaLoft down blend fill and elastic binding at the sleeve cuffs, and an adjustable bungee cord at the hem. You won’t regret this purchase.
Women’s MTE Fuego Parka £130
An all weather parka-style jacket built for the life in and around resorts and general wear through the winter, the MTE Fuego Parka features a durable 1K water repellant coating to the outer shell with a quilted liner and a mixture of 6oz insulation to the body and 4oz insulation to the arms for additional warmth. There’s also a removable faux-fur hood and multiple pockets to stash your gear. A fusion of cold-weather function with Vans classic California style.
Mens MTE Brockwell hoodie £75
A hoodie made with 100% polyester mesh fleece which means it retains it’s heat when wet and dries quickly. The Brockwell Zip Hoodie has a full zip, with contrast coloured zip and drawcords, with thumbhole openings at the cuffs to help stop snow going up your sleeves, zippered welt pockets to keep your belongings safe and a Vans patch at left chest.
Mens MTE Kilroy Jacket £130
A winterised bomber jacket, the Kilroy features classic bomber styling but with the addition of a warm and comfortable hood. The satin outer has a 1k rated DWR coating to protect your from the elements ant there’s 6oz polyfill lining throughout to keep you warm and dry.