- Price: £140
- Sizes: 3-9
- Flex: 3
They say: The longest-running boot in the Vans line.
We say: A great mid-priced boot with a flex that’s soft and forgiving enough to be ridden by beginners. But there’s more to this than just an easy ride, it’s got features like an internal web harness that’ll keep you shredding happily long after you’ve first learned how.
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- 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.