VANS VERSE $390

Transworld Snowboarding - - MEN’S FREERIDE BOOTS -

Test­ing boots will make you re­al­ize that cat­a­log flex claims are to be taken with a grain of salt. Un­like oth­ers tout­ing rigid­ity not cor­rob­o­rated by rid­ing, the Verse is a le­git­i­mately stiff boot that will truly hold up to mul­ti­ple sea­sons of hard use. Its dual Boa clo­sure with zip­pered cover pro­vides a sleek and eas­ily ad­justable pack­age that, com­bined with a rugged out­sole, lends it­self well to snow­board moun­taineer­ing and snow­mo­bil­ing. As an added ben­e­fit to the Verse, The North Face col­lab­o­ra­tion proves more than a Hype­beast play of cool aes­thet­ics. A liner uti­liz­ing TNF’s Flash Dry mois­ture-wick­ing tech is wel­come on long days.

RAD: A rugged and sleek boot that will last. BAD: There is a break-in pe­riod, and you’ll feel it.

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