Extreme Fishing: Snow Peak x New Balance Tokyo Design StudioRelease: 29 August 2020
Niche Japanese outdoors label Snow Peak are collaborating with the New Balance Tokyo Design Studio once again, this time creatng the wildly experimental and convertible Niobium Concept 1. Upon closer inspection, this design is super functional, and is inspired by extreme fishing.
Yes, that sole unit is taken directly from the venerable MT801 that’s a cult favourite in Japan. But up top, it’s a rough and rugged combination not seen before. The ankles can be detached by way of water-resistant zippers, converting the hiking-boot style shoe to campsite-friendly mesh mules, which contain an internal mesh bootie. On the hiking attachment, they’re beefed up with a waterproof eVent membrane, speed hooks, and toggle laces.
This crazy colab is due to release in Japan on August 29, followed by an international drop at Snow Peak’s London location and website on September 4. There will be some matching apparel, ranging from simple pocket tees to fishing vests, and even detachable ankle gaiters!