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Vans Infuse

- published March 2017

90

2017

RATINGS

Fit/Comfort
8
Weight/Response
8
Durability
8
Versatility
10
Traction
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
90

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THE GOOD

  • Goes from very stiff to medium stiff
  • Mix of high tech & traditional tech
  • Heat moldable liners

THE BAD

  • Removable boot stiffeners easy to lose
  • Mediocre traction on ice

THE VERDICT

The Vans Infuse is for the snowboarder who wants versatility in their boot and is willing to spend some time fine-tuning fit. All this versatility comes from the removable stiffening rods. But we’d like to see better traction from the outsole.

FULL REVIEW

Fit/Comfort
Out of the box, the Vans Infuse fits pretty well. Thanks to a Boa dial, a set of laces, and a velcro strap, getting your fit just right is easy if you’re willing to put the time in. These three systems are not the most efficient, but they complement each other because once you’re set up, they don’t loosen as much as others. The insole is also heat moldable for better fit. Bake this insole, and you’ll soon have a fit similar to an orthotic. Laces get you in the neighborhood of perfect fit, and the Boa system delivers you to perfect fit’s penthouse. The dial-based Boa system lets you adjust ankle tightness on the fly: crank it up before you drop into a steep line, and pull out the knob to release that tension when you’re cruising up the mountain on the chair. 

Weight/Response
The Vans Infuse is a mid-weight boot. Two plastic tongue stiffeners per boot provide as much stiffness as we could ever have wanted, especially when they were new, and hyper fast response. Remove them to ratchet the response back a notch. 

Durability
The Infuse is a durable boot. A solid mid-weight, since designers didn’t try to shave grams—it wears better than featherweights. But laces don’t wear as well as full Boa. The rear foot also gets beat up from riders resting their board on the boot when cruising up the chairlift. 

Versatility
The tongue stiffeners on the Vans Infuse make it one of the most responsive in the test. Remove them for a looser feel. Just make sure to tuck them in a safe pocket. Or, even better, leave them in or leave them at home. 

Traction
Traction wise, the Infuse was fine. Not as good as the other two in the test, but still better than most. 

How We Tested It

The boots in this test were used inbounds and off-piste in variable snow conditions at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mammoth Mountain and in the Eastern Sierra as well as at various resorts in Utah.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other snowboard boot test, snowboard tests, helmet tests, and other related snowboarding gear tests

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
$359.95
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
8
Weight/Response
8
Durability
8
Versatility
10
Traction
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
90

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