Vans Hi-Standard OG 2021-2022 Snowboard Boots Review

Tested and selected for our top 100 snowboard products of the year: the Vans Hi-Standard OG

  • Price: £205 / €235 / $200
  • Sizes: Men’s UK 6-12 / US 7-13 and Women’s UK 2.5 – 8.5 / US 5-11
  • Flex: 4/10
  • Lacing System: Lace

Why we chose the Vans Hi-Standard OG Snowboard Boots: A simple thing done well is hard to beat, and the Hi-Standard OG brings it back to basics in the best way possible.

Vans collaborated with team rider Kennedi Deck to produce her first pro-model boot this season, and in keeping with her mission for truly inclusive snowboarding, the Hi-Standard OG pays no mind to labels and is available across all genders and lines.

Soft flexing and easy-going for loosey goosey freestyle riding, the Hi-Standard OG is chronically chill.

“Soft flexing and easy-going for loosey goosey freestyle riding, the Hi-Standard OG is chronically chill”


Who Is The Vans Hi-Standard OG For?

Everyone. Seriously. This is Vans’ first ever non-binary pro colourway. If you like ‘em, get ‘em. Thanks to the mellow flex they’re ideal for any ability level, from anxious rookie all the way up to seasoned vet who prefers a more laid back feel for putting in a shift at the spot.

Shell & Outsole

In keeping with the OG theme, the Hi-Standard runs traditional laces. Sure, they may clock in a few seconds slower than your twisty metal coils, but there’s no contest when it comes to proper adaptability and personalised fit, especially when you factor in Vans’ Instep Lace Lockout. New-fangled tech will always have its advocates, but to paraphrase Lenny Cole, “there’s no school like the old school, and laces are the fuckin’ headmaster.”

Vans are well known for their trademark waffle sole, it’s a staple through their skate line, and drawing inspiration from there, the Hi-Standard OG uses their V1 Waffle Lug Outsole. Enough traction for one footers and staying on your feet when you’re shovelling icy spots, enough play underfoot to keep the fun loving personality of the boot. The ideal goldilocks formula.

“This is Vans’ first ever non-binary pro colourway”


We love the Hi Standard OG for its simplicity- it doesn’t pack itself full of unnecessary tech to up the price, it doesn’t try to be something it’s not. It’s a super mellow boot for riders who prioritise creativity and fun, at a price that won’t leave you wincing. While it doesn’t use Vans’ top shelf tech, it’s still bringing comfort, support and control to the table with its heat mouldable V1 Ultracush Liner. Designed to cradle your foot, without impeding movement or taking away from the surfy overall feel.

Independent liner lacing and Popcush footbed keep your foot supported inside, minimising movement and allowing for rapid response, whilst the neoprene toe box and Heat Retention 360 keep your feet feeling warm and cosy all day long.

“It’s a super mellow boot for riders who prioritise creativity and fun, at a price that won’t leave you wincing”


Vans’ offering has diversified over the years, they now offer specialist equipment and field impressive teams for both freestyle and freeride, but nothing stays truer to their roots than this, their best-selling boot, the Hi-Standard OG.

Subverting gender norms, taking snowboarding by storm and winning Whitelines Choice gear awards is all in a day’s work for Kennedi Deck. Chapeau.

Trade Secrets

George Osborne – Navigators of Culture & Communication, Vans PR (Canoe Inc.)

“Kennedi is just as passionate about driving inclusivity as she is about snowboarding. As an advocate and prominent voice in the queer snowboarding community, she has inspired many to be their true, unapologetic selves. Kennedi brings that same sense of inclusion and self-expression to her signature Hi-Standard OG boot, challenging Vans Snow to truly make this boot for everyone. The genderless colorway is available in both Men’s and Women’s sizing, reinforcing Kennedi’s pursuit of a more diverse and welcoming snowboard culture.”

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