Elias Elhardt is nothing short of a visionary. And his signature boot, the Formative 2, is a testament to his fresh perspective and deep commitment to progression. 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.
- Bloom - Rise is an environmentally-conscious, high-performance replacement for traditional petroleum-based EVAs. Foams utilizing Bloom’s algae technology deliver striking performance values, which make them excellent replacements for conventional foams. Algae’s natural thermoplastic qualities allow Rise to meet, and in some cases exceed, performance characteristics of conventional closed-cell flexible foams.
- Remedy Sole - You don’t need a prescription for DEELUXE’s Remedy. Especially versatile, the Remedy sole provides the perfect blend of traction and cushioning. It offers exceptional grip while hiking and when it’s time to send it, the sole’s free-floating heel cushion ensures smooth landings. And thanks to a reduced footprint, it minimizes toe and heel drag. Give your feet the treatment they deserve with DEELUXE’s Remedy sole.
- Pro Flex - Designed for freestylers who demand premium performance, this construction creates a defined flex zone in the boot’s joint area. This eliminates bulging and maximizes support, creating the perfect blend of flex and stability.
- Freestyle Tongue - As versatile as it is dependable, DEELUXE’s Freestyle Tongue is the perfect choice for riders who view the entire mountain as their playground. Armed with a classic appearance and medium padding, it offers a precise boot-to-binding interface and effectively transmits power while also enhancing dampening. And to enable you to further tailor your boot’s flex to your riding style, it sports a single-position pocket for an optional Flex Booster. Kickers, side hits, and rails—the Freestyle Tongue can handle it all.
- Power Strap - This strap provides extra support for your shin to enhance response.
- L3 Lacing - Our most advanced and versatile speed lacing system provides three different lacing zones using two clasps and two handles. One handle allows the boot to cradle your foot and calf while the other handle secures the ankle and heel. Thanks to these separate zones, the boot anchors your heel for a refined fit that enhances energy transmission.
- BackBone - This reinforced panel cradles the back of the boot to maximize durability and enhance response.
- D-Tex - Waterproof and breathable, this membrane ensures feet stay warm and dry.