Rider: Jonaven Morre  /  Photographer: Jeff Patterson  /  Location: Revelstoke, Canada
  • Price: £160
  • Sizes: 6-13
  • Flex: 4
  • Rider: Jonaven Morre  /  Photographer: Jeff Patterson  /  Location: Revelstoke, Canada

They say: The best-selling Boa boot of all time.

We say: An easy-flexing boot aimed at anyone from entry-level riders to experienced park rats. It’s not the lightest in Vans range, but it’s got a thermal liner and that flex will pretty much suit most riding styles.

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About Academy

  • Building boards since: 2004
  • HQ: Auburn, CA, USA
  • History lesson: Founded by a crew of riders who “believe in quality first", Academy has grown slowly overseas, but it rapidly became a household name in the states, with a team that featured the likes of Chad Otterstrom. Right from the beginning the idea has been to support the growth of ordinary riders alongside team shredders. For that reason (and also, probably because it fits neatly with their name) Academy give out a series of scholarships to talented snow lovers each year to help them through college. Nice guys then!
  • Ridden by: Frat-boys on company scholarships, and US-based park rats who know their Tyler Flanagans from their Scotty Jameses.