DEFCON and Vans have revived the Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro with a three-strong camo pack. As a clandestine group with links to Vans’ Syndicate line, DEFCON’s offerings (like the Notchback from 2013) are concerned with bringing the tactical military tech to daily wear.
Their contribution to this trio of Notchbacks has made the sneakers ready for battle. The shoes have been crafted with materials that keep your infrared signature down – meaning that anyone using heat-seeking technology won’t be able to distinguish them from the surrounding terrain. And it doesn’t stop there – they’re also built with Wolverine Pig Suede (which is both waterproof and flame retardant), they have gusseted tongues, they’re lined with Dri-Lex for moisture management and their foxing tape is knurled for durability. Most skate shoes are built to take a beating, but these are uniquely equipped to handle whatever you can fire at them – even if that happens to be actual fire.
The DEFCON x Vans Sk8-Hi Notchback Pro is available in limited quantities from select Vans Sk8 Pro accounts on May 27.