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Tested: DVS Vapor – First Impressions

Posted by David Read on Thursday October 31 2013

Tested: DVS Vapor - First Impressions

This unassuming release from DVS Shoes ushers in a new midsole technology called Vaporcell, which will be featuring on selected styles from here on out. The Vapor is the first shoe to bring this injection moulded tech to market, providing ultimate cushioning and impact resistance in a minimally padded, snug-fitting shoe with a single-piece reinforced toecap.

DVS Vapor – First Impressions

Reviewed by Bill Bycroft

The last time I owned a pair of DVS was last century. Honestly. To my relief the Vapor bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Navigators of my last DVS experience. The Vapor features a brand new PU midsole design, which makes them really lightweight, flexible and comfortable. They do have a slightly raised heel, which I thought would be strange to skate in, but I got used to them straight away.

The upper has a clean one piece toe cap so there’s no risk of stitching blow-outs there. After the first skate I did notice a little bit of ollie wear on the side stitching of the shoe, but I don’t think it’s anything to be concerned about. I’m a big fan of cup sole shoes too. I find they offer more support and hold their shape much better than your typical vulcanised shoe. The Vapor fits well and offers great support, there’s no sloppy side walls so your feet definitely wont be sliding around inside of these.

During my first skate Ollie taunted me to channel a bit of T-Puds. I think it undermined my confidence a little, but the shoes felt great straight out of the box. They were very light, softened up quickly, and the soles were grippy and flexible. These feel like they’re going to wear in quickly and be really nice to skate in.

I might even be able to land some flip tricks now too! We’ll soon see.

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Tested: DVS Vapor - First Impressions

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