100 Day Perspective: Vans Veil
14 Jun, 2010
Last summer I purchased a new pair of 08-09 Vans Veil to be my main snowboard boot this winter and they just recently surpassed the 100th day on snow which means they get 100 day perspective to see how well they’ve held up through countless days on snow riding. Most snowboard companies make products that last for the average rider…giving about 30-50 days on snow.
The Vans Veils (used to be Omni’s) have been my main snowboard boot since 02-03 and I’ve always gone back to them because I know the stiffer flex will last a whole season, the quality of Vans and BOA will work for the 100 day rider and the fit is exactly what I want in a snowboard boot.
The major wear damage to my Veils is on the left inner liner where the inside liner material rubs up against velcro and over 100 days has worn down the inner liner to basically nothing in that one spot.
The Vans Veils feature a dual BOA system which is what I prefer on the mountain, lower and upper BOA to keep it how I like it. The BOA on my boots took some beating this year which required in putting in a new BOA cable on one of the boots after the cable started to split (it was still intact but the 18 weaved cables were splitting in the reel). We re-laced the BOA with a new cable and it’s been good to go since.
There is some wear from the cable contact points and tightening where the cable has broken down the boot material. Nothing major and just noticeably worn down in certain areas.
I love when the straps to carry your boots last the whole winter and stay intact with no damage
One of the first things to be replaced in the Veils is the footbeds which I replaced with Remind Insoles for the season. The generic footbeds just don’t cut it for the season and I prefer using other footbeds whether it’s superfeet or snowboard brands like Remind or shredsoles. The sole of the boots have remained intact with no bad wear/tear damage which is great to see that I still have good traction for the slopes.
The liners have taken a beating in the smell department but the seams have held up and the material is good throughout the liner with the exception of the velcro issue.
I’m hoping these boots will make it through the summer at Mt Hood, I’ve been riding them well over 100 days now and will buy the next set of Veil’s for the upcoming winter season.