- Price: £215
- Sizes: UK 3-9
- Flex: 4-5
- Lacing System: Classic & Boa
Hana Beaman is a staight-up living legend. A stalwart of the Vans team since 2001, she enjoyed years at the top of the competitive circuit before switching focus to the powder, where she continues to kill it. We can’t wait to see her contribution to Leanne Pelosi’s Full Moon project, in which she’ll be sporting her new pro model boot.
"Should you wish to focus on charging, tongue stiffeners can be easily slipped down the front of the boot to increase response"
The Vans Ferra is the first boot in the brand’s female line to feature their ‘Hybrid Boa’ lacing system. You get that classic look and feel of a chunky lace (which in this case is a rather fetching purple-and-white colour), with a functional speed lace on the inner. While that’s long been a winning combination on its own, there’s also a Boa wire that passes across the top of the ankle joint. With a twist of the coiler on the side of the boot, you can set the wire to the exact level of tension that’s comfortable. The wire passes through guiding channels across the top of the boot, giving you an even distribution of pressure and increased heel hold.
A customised fit is all but guaranteed, then, so you’ll have no call to take a comfort break mid-session. Clamminess is kept at bay by the moisture-wicking lining, and the flexible material around the toe prevents any unpleasant cramming. Structural elements on the liner sit around the ankle bones to further bolster the heel hold, and it all adds up to happy feet.
Performance-wise, this isn’t an untamable beast of a boot by any means. Hana’s opted for a medium flex, so when it’s not firing in the backcountry then some mellow park laps and piste cruising will be just as enjoyable. Should you wish to focus on charging, tongue stiffeners can be easily slipped down the front of the boot to increase response. Regardless of what kind of riding you prefer, the ‘Waffleflex’ sole (it is Vans, after all) offers a top combination of shock-absorbtion and boardfeel.
It’s hard to think of someone more deserving of a pro model boot than Hana, so we’re delighted to see the Vans Ferra out in the world. If you like the look of it as much as we do, consider also the Vans SK8-Hi and Slip-er shoes, also decked out with her designs.
Hana Beaman - Team Rider, Vans
I've been riding and loving the Hi-Standard boot my whole professional career, so when we started talking about the next steps for a new boot, I made sure I was heavily involved with designing the Ferra.
It wasn't a hard decision to bring in Boa technology for this boot. It creates a tighter package overall with that much more support and customisation to make it truly the best fit ever!