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Vans Implant

- published February 2016

78

2016

RATINGS

Fit/Comfort
7
Weight/Response
7
Durability
9
Versatility
8
Traction
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
78

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MSRP
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$239.95
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THE GOOD

  • A balance of new technology and old
  • Lean and clean aesthetic
  • Cork insole

THE BAD

  • Laces, especially on the rear foot eventually have to be replaced
  • Takes a little longer than most to dial in fit
  • Tough to get the top section of the boot snug

THE VERDICT

The Vans Implant is for the rider who wants a nice blend of time-tested technology and a boot that doesn’t look like it’s from outer space.

FULL REVIEW

The hybrid lacing system on the Implant is different than most thanks to a bit of leather linked up to the lets riders crank down the pressure and lock the heel in place. By moving this pad around, what Vans calls a “Custom Slide Glide”, you can fine tune the pressure placement of the Boa. The liner also doubles down on tech features with a set of pull-up laces and a cuff adjustment called the Reach Around (rimshot!). Inside the liner is the best footbed in the test: a cork model that’s comfortable, helps with dampening, and offers more support than other stock offerings. The only drawback on this book is the laces, it’s tough to get them really tight at the top of the boot. Best user? Someone who really likes to spend some time with their set-up. This is a boot that excels when you really explore the fit options to make it work for you. If you just want something that works well/good-enough right out of the box, this may not be the boot for you. 

Fit/Comfort
With a mix of laces and boa as well as a complicated liner, the Implant takes some time to fine tune. 

Weight/Response
No lightweight, it wasn't too heavy. But, like most boots in this price range, it's not the lightest of the light. Response was okay if you worked hard enough to tighten up the laces.

Durability
The nice thing about a boot that's not trying to be super light is that it's more durable. The boot feels solid, showed minimal wear during testing, and has solid construction.

Versatility
Suitable for everyone but hardcore park rats. 

Traction
Admirable traction for short, sidecountry climbs as well as stumbling down the slick apres-ski steps.

How We Tested It

The boots in this test were used at Mammoth and June Mountain on a variety of snowboards and bindings, which we were also testing. 

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Los Angeles. A snowboarder, cyclist, and motorcycle guy, he skied 76 days last winter. He’s written about the outdoors for more than 16 years.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$239.95
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit/Comfort
7
Weight/Response
7
Durability
9
Versatility
8
Traction
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
78

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