In an age when trends can rise and fall in the span of a trending hashtag, A Bathing Ape’s track record of not only being well respected, but consistently in extreme demand, for over 25 years becomes even more remarkable. While BAPE’s natural habitat is typically found among the globe’s fashion hotspots, the latest project from the legendary label brings their iconic designs to open air, technical performance, courtesy of Adidas Snowboarding.
The BAPE Line First camouflage pattern, an outlined variant of the original ABC variant is applied to a range of snowboarding apparel and footwear, with premium materials and eye catching reflective print adding a novel visual element to one of the most instantly recognizable designs in streetwear history. But the cosmetic tweaks are just the tip of the iceberg.
The Adidas Snowboarding by BAPE collection does more than look good, performance technology means that it’s meant to be taken out on the slopes. The Tech Hoodie features breathable, Climalite construction with a waterproof coating, allowing for ventilation and insulation at the same time, for maximum comfort. The Snow Jacket’s waterproof properties are augmented by a paneled application of the reflective, camouflage print. The upper half of the jacket is blacked out, while the lower half opts for maximum visibility. The Slopetrotter Pant blends old-school three stripes style with BAPE boldness to create a fashion forward take on snow shell pants.
The collection’s footwear component, the 3ST.002 opts for casual ultra-modern, with a reinterpreted Adidas Skateboarding model. The reworked silhouette is rendered in a nubuck upper featuring a knit, sock fit construction, along with the collection’s reflective camouflage and three stripes motif.
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