x Snow Peak MSNB1SA2
Snow Peak started out making equipment for the extremely specialized field of mountain climbing. While the quality of their outdoors gear never changed, the scope of their audience did broaden over the years. This evolution was fueled by an explosion in the popularity of recreational camping. The quick change from long train commutes and endless fluorescent lit conference rooms to forests and mountainsides, and unfortunately, back again, suggests an inherent level of adaptability.
For their latest collaborative project with New Balance’s conceptual Tokyo Design Studio imprint, Snow Peak delves into adaptability on the molecular level. The TDS Niobium Concept 1 takes its name and inspiration from the chemical element Niobium. A crystalline metal with a hardness on par with Titanium, slow rate of oxidization and high levels of ductility (the ability to be deformed without rupturing or breaking), Niobium is considered a technology critical element.
Basically, naming something after Niobium carries certain connotations, and the TDS Niobium Concept 1 does not disappoint. A 3-way, modular construction featuring removable gaiters and sockliners means that the shoe can be worn as a simple slipper, a slip-on clog, or a full, ankle-length shoe. The silhouette also takes inspiration from high performance fishing gear. A waterproof, eVent liner, ballistic mesh coating and weatherproof toecap offer maximum protection from the elements. A mossy rock reminiscent sage green colorway, texturized midsole, TPU support and suede accenting complete a ruggedly stylish design.
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