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A shining example of technical masterworks, Snow Peak continues to bolster its name within the fashion scene, branching off the mainline items centered on more outdoors utility than anything wearable. Designed by Lisa Yamai, the daughter of the brand head, each piece comes to life within a vision not too unlike that of The North Face or Arc’teryx Veilance. While her mainline has seen mountain-ready outerwear aplenty, modified traditional garb of indigo dyes, and even a series of workwear-inspired pieces, the most striking may just be the label’s collaborative work with New Balance’s Tokyo Design Studio. Mirroring ethos with near perfect execution, the pair — dubbed aggressively as the EXTREME SPEC R_C4 MID — is one of many upgrades: Vibram soles add a tread ready for any surface, uppers take on strengthening Cordura and Gore-Tex fabrics, and a magnetic Fidlock buckles adorn the ankle for easy on and off. Laces detail with reflective accents in coordination with the N-shaped webbing at the sides, both resting atop a backdrop of deep navy mesh. Grab a detailed look at the set right here, and if you’re looking to pick them up, expect to see them releasing on October 5th exclusively in Japan.
Snow Peak x New Balance Tokyo Design Studio R_C4
Release Date: October 5th, 2019