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The Tech Bit column takes a quick look at new technology and gear—and the stories that go with them—in the world of adventure and outdoor sports.

By Tim Newcomb
November 18, 2015

The Tech Bit column takes a quick look at new technology and gear—and the stories that go with them—in the world of adventure and outdoor sports.

Product: Mountain Edition Collection, Sk8-Hi Del Pato MTE

Brand: Vans

Description: Vans is going for all four seasons by constructing clothing and a new Sk8-Hi Del Pato MTE with materials designed to handle the cooler months. For winter, the Mountain Edition Collection adds Scotchgard-treated uppers to a variety of footwear, insulates linings and adds a heat-retention layer between the sockliner and outsole. As part of the push, a new duck boot-inspired Sk8-Hi Del Pato MTE debuts with the addition of a traction-heavy outsole and two colorways— black/black and ginger/navy—outfitted in pig suede and reinforced with “tuff-coated mudguard.” For apparel, Vans has added PrimaLoft fiber for insulation and a water repellant treatment.

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Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, sneakers and training for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.

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