Can you combine performance and sustainability? Elias Elhardt talks about the Formative 2 and how this boot will influence the future DEELUXE collections.
With the goal of reducing the Formative’s impact on the environment, we worked with Elias to reimagine how boots are constructed—without compromising their performance. Last year, the Formative made its debut with a streamlined design that used less resources and a shell made from Rise by Bloom. It immediately landed a spot on the Whitelines 100, which honors the best snowboard gear of the season. Armed with a desire to reduce the boot’s impact even further, this latest iteration of the Formative now features a shell, midsole, and liner that contain Rise, which replaces a significant portion of the traditional EVA required for footwear foam. Rise is a bio-based foam derived from algae harvested from compromised ecosystems. This approach leverages algae’s ability to sequester carbon while helping clean water and restore aquatic habitats. For a truly custom fit, the boot sports DEELUXE’s Stage 3 liner and Freestyle Tongue. To further enhance comfort and performance, the Formative 2 showcases Elias’ favorite lacing design, the L3 lacing system. The boot also features a Remedy sole for exceptional traction and cushioning. And a Power Strap boosts control and response. True to Elias’s focus on relentless refinement, we aim to continually evolve the Formative, using it as a means to pioneer fresh technology that reduces our impact on the environment. And this second generation of the boot embodies this deep commitment. Tread lightly and ride into the future with the Formative 2.
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Filmed and edited by Julian Pintarelli