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Dynafit PDG Boot

Brand: Dynafit
Model: Dy.N.A. PDG
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PDG is short for Patrouille des Glaciers, a famous ski mountaineering race hosted by the Swiss Army. Designed for such races, the Dynafit PDG alpine touring boot could be the perfect blend of weight, price, and skiability. At just 125 grams (4.4oz) more than the Dy.N.A. EVO race boot, the PDG weighs in at only half the price. It features the same one-motion Ultra-Lock ski-walk buckle system that the Dynafit made popular on its race boots and recently on more general touring boots. Quick transitions are joined by fast descents, as you can actually ski with confidence on these lightweight boots. Changes for 2014/15 include a new liner, sole, and color.

  • New Custom Light liner shaves a few grams while wrapping your foot more evenly.
  • New blue EVO 2.0 sole blends expanded polyurethane and rubber into lightweight grip.
  • Fiberglass cuff offers surprisingly stiff support so you can drive your skis through turns.
  • A full 62 degrees of rotation in walk mode lets you take a more natural stride.
  • Ultra-Lock buckle system uses the buckle for changing modes, speeding transitions.
  • Patented Quick-Step binding inserts help your toes get locked in more easily.
  • Optional power straps add some muscle to the downhill (32g/1.1oz with screws).

Update 2016/17: The PDG gets a modest makeover with brighter colors and a beefier instep buckle. Dynafit also inserted Titantex fiber in the cuff to add a bit of stiffness and updated the liner. Net weight change is +20 grams (0.7oz) versus the amount listed.

-> ounces
815g [27]
Weight (pair) 1630g [27]
Buckles 2 w/ Ultra-Lock
Boot Sole Length 259mm [23.5/24]
269mm [24.5/25]
279mm [25.5/26]
289mm [26.5/27]
299mm [27.5/28]
309mm [28.5/29]
Binding Compatibility Tech only
Cuff Rotation 62°
Forward Lean(s) 15°, 18°
Specs Verified Yes
Materials Grilamid shell, Grilamid & fiberglass cuff
Liner EVO race
Sole EVO race
Skimo Co Says
Usage Rando racing, speed touring
Notes Pared to only the essentials, exposed liner above cuff skirt, great price for weight.
Bottom Line Optimal blend of price and weight.
Question from Kevin
Hi, i'm looking to buy a light weight boot the old boots i'm skiing in are garmont mega-rides size 27.5, I wear a 10.5 in most shoes can you recommend a size in the dynafit pdg or the la sportiva syborg?
Answer from jbo
Hi Kevin, that is easy, I'm also a 10.5 and fit the Mega-Ride 27.5. You want the 27.5 PDG or 28.0 Syborg.
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Question from Jason
Hey Skimo,

Looking at these as a new training boot.
I am a perfect fit in La Sportiva Specter 25.5. My old boots for this purpose were Garmont Masterlites also a 25.5.
I'd like room for a medium/ heavy sock for colder days (fit in my Specters but not the Masterlites).
What do ya think? 25.5 or 26?
Answer from jbo
Hi Jason, ahh Masterlites! You should be good in the size 25.5 PDG.
Answer from Alexandre B
Hi Jason,
did you purchase the boots? in witch size?
My girlfriend had TLT5s before and apparently there were 25.5 (in her Memory but she doesn't have them anymore), but we measured and her foot is 24cm long.
She would like to buy the PDG but now she doesn't know what size to order now.
What is your foot size?
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Question from michael
the price is for one boot ?
Answer from jbo
Hi Michael, the price is just for the left boot but we throw in the right one for free :P
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Question from Carl
Hello Skimo,

I have always wanted to try this boot but this is the first year with a size 30. How does the fit compare to the old tlt5 mountains in a 30?
Answer from jbo
Hi Carl, the PDG 30s are a few mm wider and a few mm shorter than the TLT5 30s.
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Question from aaron
I'm so out of date on boots and no one around here uses skimo boots. How does ski performance compare between these and the Scarpa F3s I am currently skiing? At the time the F3s were my best option for weight and performance, but I'm guessing that modern PDGs likely best the F3s in weight, hiking and downhill performance.

I'm contemplating these as my go to ski touring boot biased towards light and long. I grew up parallel turning on leather boots and cable tele bindings so I assume these are a massive step up.
Answer from jbo
Hi Aaron, weight and hiking is no question improved. Downhill performance might be tossup. What you lose from all the buckles and thicker liner is gained by lack of bellows and relatively stiff fiberglass cuff. Obviously a step up from leather :)
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by Karl (downright abused product)
Never skiing a traditional alpine boot again. Although I may get a beefier non-race ski mo model, the low weight, incredible range of motion in walk mode, super slick one lever transition to ski mode, and just as rigid (as I've ever skied) as an alpine boot, and I see no reason to use a "normal" boot even for resorts.
Prior to buying these I used a pair of Scarpa Matrix and Scarpa F1's for skinning. Both gave me either hot spots on the shin or near the ankle. Neither had great motion but it was what I knew so I really didn't know.
Specific to skinning up and the little ski mo racing I recently did, they continue to amaze. The flexibility makes the one choice post on the dynafit low tech bindings I chose (PDG skis also) completely adequate in all but the steepest pitches. Paired with a pair of stirrup pants with cut outs, they feel just as comfortable and secure in uphill mode as my Nordic skate boots and not all that much heavier.
They are a bit narrow as I have a somewhat wide toe box. I was already having some nerve pain in my toe prior with my bike shoes in summer and they aggravate it a bit, but nothing that a boot fitter, a metatarsal pad, and a bump out can't fix. They didn't cause it. Just reminded me that solid non-flexing soles aggravate what I already had. However, this was after skiing them in a ski mo race in the AM and then all day after skiing with my wife. Foot likely a bit swollen from a long day in them. They are surprisingly comfortable for such a minimal boot though.
As for downhill, they lock seamlessly and are super solid. As an avid Nordic racer, my bar for support is low, so please take that caveat. I'm used to opening it up with a lot less. So this boot with a locked in heel makes me feel unstoppable on fast groomers. On anything else, it's user error. My skills in hard snow black moguls, trees, and chutes is mediocre at best.
In a nut shell, I ski as well in these as I DID (seriously I'm NOT going back!) in my traditional alpine boots.
Buy them!!
Thanks also to the staff whom I called when I got these. They felt tight so he walked me through it all on the phone. They've "packed out" as promised and are quite comfortable.
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Question from Ryan Hokanson
Any updates on Dynafit making a size 30? Seems like it's listed everywhere I look but I have yet to actually find one
Answer from jbo
Hi Ryan, size 30s will be available in the US starting in the 2016/17 season. In the meantime, look for Syborgs and Aliens.
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Question from Tyler
I am just getting into the lightweight scene, I currently wear a 26.5 Rossignol AllTrack Pro 100 (2014) what size would you recommend for the PDGs? Thanks!
Answer from Tyler J
I wear a size 10 US shoe as well. Thanks
Answer from jbo
Hi Tyler, lengthwise it's likely you could get a performance fit in a 27.0. If you'd like a more accurate analysis, visit our boot fitter.
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Question from Scooter
Do you think this book can drive 75mm underfoot on a 170-175cm ski? 85mm underfoot?
Answer from jbo
Hi Scooter, a ski like that is within the range of this boot. You may not be able to "drive" it as much as with beefier boots, but you can certainly ski it.
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Question from Ted
Do these have more instep room than tlt5's? I have a narrow bony foot with a high instep. Any recommendations for a boot in this class that fits slim with a high instep?
Answer from jbo
Hi Ted, yes these are more roomy that TLT5s. With the thinner liner, they even feel a bit bigger internally than TLT6s. None of these boots have a ton of plastic on top of the instep so are fairly accommodating there. PDG seems good there, Syborg might be the highest and the Alien has a BOA that can adapt to various heights.
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