People who enjoy skateboarding know Vans for their sturdy shoes and clothing designed for their leisure choice. The activity is now considered a sport and even made its debut as an event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. After years of providing products for skateboarders, the brand is now aimed at thrill seekers of a different kind with the UltraRange EXO Hi GORE-TEX MTE-2.
The name is certainly a mouthful, but it’s probably a gimmick to promote what could be its new line. Vans didn’t specifically call it one, this may be their first ready-made outdoor shoes to hit the market. As the manufacturer points out, “The UltraRange EXO Hi GORE-TEX MTE-2 is the continuation of this purpose-built, adventure-based mindset.”
Here is. they hint that you can do more than skateboard in any weather with these sturdy boots. Nevertheless, one cannot help but wonder about the choice of materials for its construction. Everyone knows that suede does not play well with moisture, but there is a lot of it on the upper.
You’ve got it on the upper, eyes, and overlays, which won’t last long under constant exposure to the elements. On the flip side, Vans claims that the suede, textiles and synthetics in the UltraRange EXO Hi GORE-TEX MTE-2 are water repellent. Only time will tell if they really are. Breathable GORE-TEX membranes ensure that the entire interior is dry and ventilated.
In addition to breathability, zonal Primaloft insulation provides additional comfort. You’ll find it on the toe, tongue, and collar to keep your feet warm. Next is the EVA foam sockliner and UltraCrush EVA midsole. Finally, the UltraRange EXO Hi GORE-TEX MTE-2 offers remarkable traction and grip thanks to the All-Trac rubber compound of its outsole.
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