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Snow Peak × TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO New Balance Niobium Capsule Collection

Written by: Michael Andersen

August 21st , 2020

Snow Peak × TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO New Balance Niobium Capsule Collection

Snow Peak × TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO New Balance Niobium Capsule Collection 

Following on from our collaboration with Tokyo Design Studio New Balance in October last year, we will be releasing a second capsule collection on and in our London St James’s store on Friday 4th September 2020.

This collection combines Snow Peak's high-spec products, which are tested against the harshest conditions, with design details capturing the quality and functionality cultivated by New Balance over the past 114 years, resulting in a lineup of one-of-a-kind products and the world-first release of a new style of footwear, the TDS Niobium Concept 1.

TDS x Snow Peak Niobium Concept 1

Snow Peak x TDS Niobium Concept 1 

Niobium, the new concept footwear from Tokyo Design Studio, features the sole unit from New Balance's best-selling MT801 trail running shoes, while within the upper, a waterproof eVent bootie can be interchanged with a sandal lining. The model is named after the 41st element on the periodic table, which bears the symbol of Nb.

Niobium is a refractory metal with a melting point of 1772℃, even higher than platinum. The element's atoms are connected by extremely strong energy bonds and while its silver-white colour is similar to other metals, surface treatments allow it to shine with the colours of the rainbow. Aside from its impressive appearance, it is also resistant to many chemicals and can be easily moulded at relatively low temperatures. The beauty and versatility of the element are expressed through TDS's new concept footwear.

Based on the theme of camp fishing, this new collaboration with Snow Peak presents lifestyle footwear that can be used while camping or in the city. A single pair of shoes can be transformed into waterproof boots, suitable for use at the water's edge and in inclement weather; outdoor sandals that can be easily removed when moving between inside and outside; and slippers for use in the tent or indoors. The sage green colouring is inspired by the moss and rocks of mountain streams.

The waterproof boots feature a toe hook that allows portable eVent waterproof gaiters to be attached with ease, removing the need for rain boots while camping or in the city. (Gaiters sold separately)

TDS x Snow Peak eVent Fishing Capsule Collection

eVent Fishing Capsule Collection

Continuing with the theme of fishing, the apparel lineup includes waders (salopettes) made from waterproof eVent fabric, gaiters that can be combined with shoes, and a multi-pocket vest. TDS's signature T-shirts and shorts have been developed as inner wear using garment dyed, heavyweight cotton featuring moisture absorbing, quick-dry yarn.

The waterproof pockets of various sizes are not only designed to store tools while fishing in mountain streams, but are also useful for dealing with sudden changes in conditions in the city, providing handy protection for mobile phones, earphones and other digital devices.

With Niobium footwear and gaiters, a single pair of shoes can be transformed into rain boots, waterproof boots, outdoor sandals and indoor slippers.

Snow Peak × TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO New Balance Niobium Capsule Collection

TDS x Snow Peak Niobium Capsule collection Item List 


Snow Peak x TDS Niobium Concept 1 

Snow Peak × TDS W/P eVent Wader

Snow Peak × TDS eVent Vest

Snow Peak × TDS eVent Gaiters

*T-shirt  and shorts (pictured) for Japan exclusive.

*Product page will be released on 4th September 2020.


About New Balance

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. Manufactured in the U.S. for over 75 years and representing a limited portion of our U.S. sales, New Balance Made U.S. is a premium collection that contains a domestic value of 70% or greater. New Balance owns five factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. New Balance employs more than 6,000 associates around the globe, and in 2019 reported worldwide sales of $4.0 billion. To learn more about New Balance, please visit and for the latest press information please visit



Emerging from Boston-based New Balance's longstanding relationship with Japan, TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO New Balance is a new brand with a design team comprising members from the USA and Japan. Through Japan's unique sensibility and skillful craftsmanship, and the pursuit of truth and quality, the studio develops products that drive design and innovation forward.