Laces, (check), Powerstrap, (check), BOA, (check). With that we introduce you to the burly all mountain slayer, the Vans Infuse Snowboard Boot. New for 2017/18 is the Vans Infuse Pat Moore signature colorway featuring rich full grain leather, heat-moldable liners, UltraCush footbeds and Vans revolutionary Flex Control. It will be hard if not impossible to find a more versatile and responsive snowboard boot currently on the market.
Vans Infuse Review
The most unique thing about the Infuse boot is the way you can control how you’re feet are locked into place. When you first step into the boot it may feel stiffer than other boots you have used in the past. Especially if you’re coming from the Hi-Standard or V-66 from Vans.
Once you put your foot inside the Infuse it almost feels like’s being cradled, and it is. Between the liners and the UltraCush footbeds you get a feeling of support in the heel that doesn’t exist in other snowboard boots. This boot is on the stiffer side so you really need to pull on the tongue and back loop to slide your foot inside. Without sounding like a kook, it’s almost like the way a ski boot holds your foot into place, it’s not going anywhere.
Customize for Every Condition
Now that your feet are inside the boot what sort of conditions is the day going to throw your way? For someone wanting total support you can start by tightening the Infuse liners with a familiar pull strap. Once the liners are dialed in it’s time to look to the outside of the boot.
I like to start with the BOA as it brings the boot and everything inside securely into place. Simply push the BOA button against the boot and crank away. Form there you can pull up on the laces (waxed I believe) and put them through a couple sets of eyelets before tying a knot.
Last and surely not least comes the powerstrap. Whats rad about this closure system is you can really notice the impacts immediately once tightened. And honestly the same can be said for most parts of this boot. Each piece is customized to work together or independently depending on your needs.
I prefer a stiff boot for touring on the way uphill, the Infuse uses BOA and a powerstrap which makes this easy to accomplish. Then when it comes to going downhill, for someone wanting a soft surfy feel simply unlatch the BOA and maybe even loosen up the powerstrap, each of these moves can be done in under a couple seconds.
Once you get to the bottom of the run you can customize the boots again and again. This boot works really well for splitboarding and would also be a bad ass big mountain boot for someone charging hard at a local resort or even better for sled skiing thanks to the boots thread.
Waffles, waffles and more waffles. Vans loves waffles as do I and you surely will too. Just look at the bottom of this boot. It’s got so much freaking tread sort of like a 4×4 vehicle. Pat rides sleds into the filed, and the Infuse boot really hold onto running boards with authority. The same thing can be said for hiking and scrambling over rocky terrain or even punching in deep boot packs up the mountain, this boot can and will do everything you ask of it.
With the heat-moldable lines, and all the features mentioned above Vans claims the Infuse Snowboard Boot is: (as Vans claims)
the World’s Most Customizable Snow Boot
… and we couldn’t agree more. The 2017/18 Vans Infuse Snowboard Boot can handle any terrain you throw it’s way. Just look to Pat Moore’s video parts as of late, the guys shreds park, street and backcountry with ease. All while rocking the same darn pair of boots with surely some customization from time to time.
The Infuse for 2017/18 comes with a flex control system that offers removable tongue stiffeners. I started my season without using these as apparently they work well for bringing the boot back to life after it starts to get too soft. After 50+ days of hard touring, climbing and shredding on this boot the tongue stiffeners still aren’t needed, that should tell you something about the Infuse..
“You may be hesitant to step into something so … substantial”. Don’t be the Vans Infuse Snowboard Boot ($369.95) will improve your riding from day 1.
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At the top of their fleet of snowboarding boots is the Vans Infuse Snowboard Boot. A progressive style boot designed with hard-charging all-mountain shredders in mind, the Infuse takes classic Vans styling and comfort and combines it with the most progressive advancements in snowboard boots to date.
I had a chance to try these babies out on the mountain during the past few weeks and only have good things to say about them. Read on below for an in-depth review of the Vans Infuse Snowboard Boots.
Like their skate shoes, Vans snowboard boots have always felt like a direct extension of your feet. And with snowboarding, comfort and board feel are perhaps even more important than on a skateboard. As soon as I slipped these boots on their incredible comfort was apparent. But I still wasn’t sure how they’d perform on the mountain.
With my first run complete, I realized that they feel just as good on the hill as they do in the parking lot. The Flex Control System ensures that the Vans Infuse Boot are neither too stiff nor too soft. And, better yet, the Infuse Snowboard Boots don’t require a break-in period at all. They’re perfect right out of the box.
Molded cork/recycled EVA high-rebound footbeds with integrated arch support and heel impact-relief pads make stomping hard landings or powering through hard pack chunder a breeze. Finally, the aggressive tacky rubber outsoles on the boots and the low-profile fit give these boots a very playful, almost skate-style fit and feel. I felt closer to my board with these boots than any others I’ve had the opportunity to try out this year.
As mentioned above, the flex on the Vans Infuse Snowboard Boots is perfect. The Flex Control System allows you to finetune the flex to your personal preferences. The removable tongue stiffeners give you the ability to find the perfect flex for you. I normally like a soft flex boot so I mostly rode with the tongue stiffeners absent. However, I took a few runs with them both in and, man, the support was amazing. It is readily apparent that these are some of the most adaptable boots on the market, perfect for any type of riding. I even had the chance to take these on a few splitboarding missions in the Mt Baker backcountry and they performed better on a splitboard than any other boot I’ve used. Generally, boots that I love on my normal board feel a bit off on a splitboard but not these ones. The support and stability were the same and their low-profile cut yet solid feel made shredding the somewhat deep pow a blast.
I can’t yet attest to the long-term durability of the Vans Infuse Snowboard Boots but I can say that they have held up well in the month or so that I’ve been riding them. Though I haven’t been out as much this year as I’d like, I normally hit the slopes for 10 to 12 hours each day that I’m able to. These babies hold up well for that entire time and remain comfortable throughout. The cushioning and comfort even seem to let you shred for a little bit longer than normal without your legs tiring.
Though every aspect of the Vans Infuse Snowboard boots is top-notch, the area where they shine the very brightest is lacing. The Hybrid Boa lacing system combines traditional laces with a Boa closure with emphasis placed on the instep area of the boots. This unique setup allows you to lace your boots tighter than with laces-only boots for a snugger, safer, and more comfortable feel. The lacing system also allows you to make on-the-fly adjustments to tightness and boot flex without missing a beat. The internal web harnesses further increase fit and prevent slipping.
I can’t say enough about how much I have enjoyed rocking the Vans Infuse Snowboard Boots ($369.95) over the past few weeks. My favorite thing was the Hybrid Boa lacing system and their already-broken-in fit and feel. If you charge hard on the mountain from top to bottom, these boots are for you. They are suitable for killing nearly any terrain out there and will keep your feet happy while you’re doing it.