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La Sportiva Breaks the Mold with New Vanguard Ski Touring Boot


December 10, 2020 (BOULDER, Colo.) – La Sportiva, makers of the world’s finest mountain footwear, today announces the introduction of the new Vanguard ski boot to headline the Fall 2021 ski boot collection. In development for over three years, built on a brand new mold with an innovative new V-Shape cuff, and developed from eco-friendly materials, the Vanguard will upend the ski touring boot market. Built for backcountry skiers that demand performance and lightweight mobility for long days in the mountains or who are seeking a full-featured boot, the Vanguard will usher in a new age of what’s possible in ski touring boots.

“We started this project by focusing on a great fit and creating an intuitive design that invites the skier into the boot,” says Jonathan Lantz, president of La Sportiva North America. Starting with its unique opening that makes it easy to get into, the Vanguard is going to amaze everyone who puts it on. This is the best liner we have ever designed and it delivers all-day comfort. The boots range of motion when touring coupled with the stiff 130 flex for downhill performance makes this the do-it-all boot we all have been waiting for.”

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The Vanguard cuff, shell, and sole are eco-friendly, derived from bio based RNEW 1100 Castor Oil Seed Pebax® with high resistance to low temperatures and excellent flexibility. The V-Shape Cuff with scissor opening makes fitting the boot extremely fast and intuitive. It also makes the boot exceptionally easy to put on and take off. The EZ-Flex double tongue has two different stiffnesses for uphill mobility and downhill skiing. V-Guard interfaces at the toe and heel are abrasion resistant and the Twin-Power double band at the top of the boot combines the upper buckle and Power Strap to ensure comfort and precision.

The Ultralon foam liner is thermo-moldable, extremely comfortable out of the box with two flex zones and differentiated thicknesses with two flex zones and differentiated thicknesses to work in harmony with the outer cuff. The Vanguard is compliant with UNI EN ISO 9523 standards and is compatible with all frame and tech style touring bindings.

The Vanguard boot for both men and women will be available at fine specialty retailers across the country and at www.sportiva.com in Fall 2021. During the winter of 2020/2021, select samples for media are by working with PR representative Cory Lowe at Cory.Lowe@BackboneMedia.net.

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With over 90 years of heritage, La Sportiva has unrivaled experience in building the world’s finest performance mountain footwear. Creating innovation through passion, La Sportiva now offers the most versatile technical climbing, mountaineering, Mountain Running® and hiking shoes on the market as well as ski mountaineering hardware and apparel. For more information on La Sportiva visit www.sportiva.com or visit their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/LaSportiva.

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