VANS VERSE $390
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.