Yeah, Adidas makes Snowboarding Boots…Check Out Their Best for 2018

first_imgAdidas is known for their heritage street-style shoes. Most notably, the Superstars and Sambas (and now Boosts).These classic Adidas models have become staples in so many of our style identities; infusing athleisure into our suit-game and bringing together a simple jean and white-tee ensemble. There’s no denying the fashion power of the heritage three stripes, so why limit your wear to the streets?Those of us who take to the ski basin for a winter of shredding know the mountain is a popular platform to show your personal style. Snowboarders like to look good, period. If only we could sport our Adidas Originals in feet of fresh powder…The three-stripes Co. made this possible by taking its iconic footwear and designing snowboard boot replica styles that can handle a full day on the mountain. (No more neon astronaut shoes!) Meet the winter snowboarding twins of your favorite Adidas streetwear styles…The Adidas SuperstarPretend you laced up a pair of your freshest Superstars (black and white colorway for us, obviously), then added an ankle guard with traditional boot laces. You’d have the same stylistic pop as the iconic 70s Superstar basketball shoe but with added snowboarding capability. An EVA midsole makes this all-mountain boot super cushy and comfortable for an all-day session. Flex rating is at a medium and the liner is premium. (Note: these boots tend to run large.) Adidas thought of the idea to bring its favorite shoes to the mountain a couple years ago, releasing an Originals snowboarding boot in 2016-17, then new improvements and colorways in 2017-18 (love the white and collegiate burgundy). The Manual also learned at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market this January that the brand is sticking to its guns (or, stripes?) for next-year’s 2018-19 season and we can expect another Superstar come 2018-19. The magic word: originals. And that’s exactly how these make you feel.See itThe Adidas SambaIf you volley back and forth between snowboarding in the winter and soccer in the summer, you’ll likely go GOOAAL for the Adidas Samba boot. Alongside its Originals, this Adidas Classic model was remolded into a snowboarding boot. If this sounds like news to you, wake up and smell the powder. Adidas started making Samba boots in the 2015-16 winter season and isn’t letting up on the trend yet. Samba ADV Snowboard Boots are an icon remastered, mixing Classics styling with a mid-range flex and heat molded Ultralon liners, fitting both park and all-mountain riders. We gladly ditched the chair lift for a hike to the summit with boards on our backs, since these boots are suited for the trek. One wearer called them “warm and comfy,” but also “swaggy.” And it’s true, your style on the mountain shouldn’t be limited to neon bubble astronaut shoes. Look good, board better, that’s our motto. (Here’s Everything You Should Wear Snowboarding this Season.)See itThe Adidas BoostThe biggest innovation from Adidas arguably in the last decade has been its Boost technology. Launched in 2013 for its running shoes, Adidas introduced the world to Boost, explained as “a revolutionary cushioning technology which provides the highest energy return in the running industry.” Boost foam proved three-times more temperature resistant than standard EVA while tested between 104 and -4 degrees F. The unique cell structure acts like thousands of small energy capsules at the bottom of your foot (see the Styrofoam-esk bottom foam). Just imagine if that energy return was in a snowboarding boot… Yep, Adidas released its Tactical Boost boots in 2018 for intermediate and advanced riders who are looking to straight annihilate the mountain.See it Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019last_img read more

The shoe still fits Regina horseshoe club keeping the sport alive

It was the summer of 1984 when Tammy Christensen and her mother, June Norvila, saw an ad in a newspaper about a game of horseshoes happening in the nearby town of Bentley, Alta. After playing just one round, Christensen knew she was hooked.“We joined the club and I’ve been pitching ever since,” said Christensen in a recent interview.Thirty-five years later, Christensen is now president of Horseshoe Saskatchewan’s Regina club, which has about 19 members who practice weekly at the horseshoe pitch in Kiwanis Park.Despite horseshoes being not quite as well known as other sports, Christensen said lots of people still play recreationally all across Canada and in leagues like the one in Regina.“I think it’s a great sport for life that you can use,” she said. “It’s a very inexpensive sport to join.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.She admits she gets interesting reactions when she tells people she’s in a horseshoe league.“They’re surprised that we actually have … a competitive organization,” she said.Anyone, she said, can get involved with the sport — and the Regina club is proof of that. It has a member who is just 10 years old (her daughter, Cassandra) and a member who is almost 80.“It’s teaching some good throwing skills,” Cassandra said in a recent phone interview from Alberta. “It’s also teaching good sportsmanship.” Eriksdale Creamery Days to celebrate 15 years Regina Lawn Bowling club aims to attract more young people to sport Horseshoe Saskatchewan’s Regina club president Tammy Christensen throws a horseshoe in Kiwanis Park. Christensen has been playing the sport since 1984. Galandie is also encouraged by efforts from Saskatoon’s club to bring horseshoe lessons to schools there.Horseshoes, for her, offers an escape from everyday life.“It’s rewarding,” she said. “Your worries go away … and you’re just enjoying being outside. The birds are chirping, (the) sun is shining.”Tournaments between the Saskatchewan clubs are held almost every weekend between May and August. Galandie said she and her husband try to attend every one. Their horseshoe excursions have taken them from Manitou Beach to Prince George, B.C. to a world championship in St. George, Utah.“We take our shoes everywhere we go,” she said. “We’ve taken them to Cancun, to Acapulco (and) to Puerto Vallarta. There’s nothing like playing horseshoes on the beach.”Even though the taste of victory may be sweet, the end goal, said Tammy, is having a good time.“We don’t take each other so seriously that we have any nasty rivalries and it’s a really great way to meet new people.” Related Horseshoe Saskatchewan’s Regina club member Dean Galandie throws a horseshoe in Kiwanis Park. Galandie has won provincial, western Canadian and national horseshoe championships. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post The game involves competitors throwing a horseshoe toward a metal peg attempting to score a “ringer,” in which neither of the ends of the horseshoe touch the peg when it hits it. Being a bowler as well, Cassandra sees similarities between that sport and horseshoes.“Trying to get a strike (is) kind like trying to get it on the peg,” she said.The sport allows people to play against those who are at a similar skill level, not necessarily the same age.“I usually end up playing adults who are in the same throwing category as me,” said Cassandra, adding she doesn’t feel intimidated playing against older competitors.Tammy, along with seven members from the Regina club, recently returned from a national horseshoe tournament in Brampton, Ont. Two of those who competed are Christensen’s sons — 13-year-old Garrett and 15-year-old Brayden — who placed third and second in their respective categories.The club gets some funding through Sask Sport and does fundraising through raffles and battery recycling drives. Getting people to play the sport, Christensen said, is done mostly by word of mouth. “There are so many sporting choices out there for people and … we’re not a large sport with a lot of funding so our ability to do advertising is fairly limited,” she said.“I know most of the members, everywhere they go they talk about horseshoes. In the Regina club we’ve got a couple of new members that they’re very good at approaching anybody they happen to see at the horseshoe pitch.”Dianne Galandie is one of those members. She and her husband, Dean, have played professionally for only a few years now, but have helped restore the Kiwanis Park site by getting the City of Regina to add sand to the pitch, add a table and garbage can and install a new club sign.“You can play from anywhere from eight to 95, so we are losing a lot of players because … they grow old and they pass on,” she said.The club, however, has recently signed up a few new members and they’ve even had interest from community members looking to have birthday parties at the pitch. Horseshoe Saskatchewan’s Regina club member Dianne Galandie throws a horseshoe in Kiwanis Park. Galandie and her husband, Dean, have travelled to horseshoe competitions as far away as St. George, Utah. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post read more