If you appreciate innovation and free speed, then pay close attention; the future is here. Dynafit’s partnership with Pierre Gignoux, a highly decorated French skimo racer and mad boot-scientist, has been fruitful. The DNA Pintec boot is a wonder to behold.
Pintec is an entirely new tech-system that enables crazy weights, super-fast transitions, and better responsiveness. Take t..
A fixture at the head of any skimo race, the original Alien 1.0 established a new performance-to-weight benchmark. It’s difficult to imagine improving on a winner like this, but no one is arguing the reformulation doesn’t do just that. We’re calling it the Alien 1.1 (SCARPA still calls it “1.0”, but hey, that’s confusing. Maybe the Alien 1.0 v2?).
Keeping the full-carbon cuff, s..
With its speed-focused design, the Movement Carbon Pro Boot will certainly get you to places quickly. The boots are equally honed for ski-mountaineering racers and tourers who think time is precious. A specially-designed, full-carbon cuff gives a PRO flex to absorb high-forces without causing compression during hectic race-descents and mixed conditions in the backcountry. 75° of an..
A generously-sized, carbon-cuffed race boot! Some of you have been waiting a long time and Dynafit has delivered. If you take the carbon cuff from the venerable Dy.N.A Evo and the lower shell from the TLT7, you have the PDG 2. The classic Ultralock 1.0 lever handles ski/walk duties so you know transitions will be fast. The buckle-pin locks through the Driving Spoiler 2.0 to stiffen..
A third Alien has landed! And this one is not cheap like the 1.0. That’s because SCARPA used 100% carbon fiber in both the upper and lower shell, shedding hundreds of grams in the process. The result is a skimo racing machine, built for serious competitors. And also folks like us who enjoy touring in carbon boots for the amazing walk mode and stiff downhills. In that respect this i..
Short of nailing your feet to your skis, this is as light as you’re going to get. The Hi-Cube is the culmination of La Sportiva’s years of experience making the Stratos line of skimo racing boots. Everything has been tweaked into a trimmer package, and the price has been lowered to boot (no pun intended). The Hi-Cube has virtually zero walking resistance while being impressively st..
Before using the Stratos³ Cube boots in a World Cup race, be sure to weigh them and make sure they are over the 500g (17.64 oz) minimum weight mandated for shells plus dry inners by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation. The smaller sizes with the bikini liner will be cutting it close. Using a KarbonKevlar composite found in top of the line Formula 1 race cars, the Strato..
SCARPA says that never before has anything this lightweight provided this much performance. At Skimo Co, we tend to agree. Liberal use of carbon fiber and a cleverly designed minimalist buckle system allows these boots to cross the finish line at a scant ~750 grams (1lb 10oz) . The racers crossing the line in first place would indicate that it is quite skiable as well.
The DyNA Evo is the latest iteration of Dynafit's racing boot that started turning heads in 2009 and quickly set the standard by which other skimo boots are measured. Using the same basic one-motion buckle / lock system that propelled it to fame, the latest Evo has seen improvements to both its features and weight. It retains the same impressive skiability so you won't be afraid to..
Every so often a company will debut a category-shattering display of engineering that seems to break all kinds of rules, defy stereotypes, and spearhead a new generation of skiing. Behold: The Alien RS. Holding true to the da Vinci mantra "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," the Alien RS is a delightfully simple boot. A stiff carbon infused grilamid cuff is mated to a stiff..
Atomic has taken a new approach to just about everything related to ski-touring: skis, skins, bindings and boots. The Backland Ultimate is no exception. It’s a skimo race boot that incorporates Memory Fit, a revolutionary molding-technology that has made Atomic famous among skiers with ugly feet. The entire boot, including the shell, can be thrown in an oven for a few minutes (do n..
$899.95 From $598.47
Skimo boots are taking a jump-turn for the better! The La Sportiva Sytron is the epitome of next-generation race-weight boots, capable of much more than previous iterations. The svelte kickers offer improved ski-performance and durability versus the Syborg. This includes a beefed-up gaiter and a ski/walk mechanism that flips up completely to avoid getting snagged when booting. The ..
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 buck..
$849.95 From $479.46
The original Procline Carbon boot took a novel step. It’s split-cuff design offered unique range of motion, allowing never-before-seen lateral movement for off-camber skinning and climbing. Arc’Teryx has continued to refine the design and has pushed the envelope further with the Procline AR Carbon. This boot is for those wishing to drive a bigger ski than the original could handle,..
Arc’Teryx’s Procline series is tasked with moving you efficiently through the mountains, with style. After the original Procline pushed the boundaries, further ones were realized and the innovation-cycle continues. The lateral range of motion in the cuff opened up more technical terrain and offered comfort on the skin-track. The only knock was the boot being rather soft in forward-..
This could be the one. The skimo race boot that you wouldn’t hesitate to use on your other adventures. Borrowing features from their award winning Stratos line of world cup race boots, La Sportiva has made the most complete and affordable race boot yet. With full coverage liner zips, a proven single-throw buckle system, durable soles, and amazing race weight, the Syborg (not Cyborg..
Far and wide, women have searched for a skimo race boot built specifically for them. Alas, the search has ended. The Sytron W is a breath of fresh air and takes the title of the first ever female-specific boot in this category. Built upon the same platform as the Sytron, the Women's version flaunts refreshingly-simple usage, fuss-free performance, and a weight that tips the scales ..
The SCARPA Alien Boots employ some radical technology to obtain a race weight at a reasonable price. With walkability similar to hiking boots and skiability similar to heavier kit, the Aliens are quickly becoming a go-to boot for skimo racers and light and fast tourers.
SCARPA designed these with a more comfortable last than other lightweight boots, and used a BOA closure system..
The Carbonio version of the TLT7 is the new high-end model featuring a carbon-fiber cuff-stiffener. Dynafit switched to lower cost Titantex fiber on the Performance version, leaving an opening for a new boot with full-carbon performance. The Carbonio boots feature the same new UltraLock 3.0 design that combines the upper and lower buckles into one switch. Dynafit has done away with..
Welcome Fischer to the skimo boot club. And what an entrance! The Travers Carbon is a compelling ski boot that weighs barely a kilo. It has the torsional stiffness of an alpine boot, due to the placement of a carbon fiber sheath in the sole. It has an incredibly smooth fit dial on the forefoot: a BOA cable rigged around brass pulleys. It has a rugged Velcro upper-buckle that contro..
La Sportiva is turning things upside down. This time, we are talking about ski walk/mode levers. The new Speedfire™ closure system incorporates a rear lever that latches at the top instead of the more-familiar bottom where it can become packed with snow when booting. The design goals remain the same as the original Spitfire: speed and performance. The former is accomplished through..
$898.95 From $549.95
What better way to commemorate SCARPA’s 80th anniversary than by giving their crown jewel a Ferrari-red paint job? The F1 boot has proven time and again that it deserves to be painted red. The lightweight nylon shell, Pebax tongue, and a 62° range-of-motion give it a spritely uphill attitude. But once you close the Fast Buckle, tighten down the power strap, and flip the ski/walk le..
The F1 is back! This time with a standard ski/walk mode switch. When the first edition of this boot was recalled due to over-innovation, we had a hard time getting all the boots back from customers (in fact some still have them). That’s because the F1 walks and skis so well that folks were willing to deal with an occasional hiccup in the Tronic hands-free mode switch.
With the n..
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Atomic pulled out all the stops for the new Backland series of touring boots. This figurative expression not only refers to pipe-organ knobs, but also to financial constraints, production impediments, and reasons that may stop you from buying them. This includes the most common reason for not-buying a ski boot: poor fit. With a unique heat-moldable shell, the Backland Carbon boots ..
Maintaining Salomon’s X-Alp series theme, the X-Alp Carbon Boot is built for moving fast in technical terrain. This demands a lot from a ski boot, which the X-Alp Carbon proudly delivers. While the suspiciously similar Procline is geared more towards climbing, the X-Alp streamlined the design and stiffened the flex for skiing. Salomon dropped the rubber toe cap and the sole has als..
The legendary TLT has earned a higher number. While it’s a mathematical axiom that 7 > 6, in terms of weight the opposite is true. Dynafit moved away from the removable tongue system towards a streamlined design that sheds a couple hundred grams per boot. They also further enhanced the uphill efficiency by moving the toe fittings closer to the ball of your foot (the natural pivo..
Dynafit’s 7th iteration of the TLT boot is the best one yet. The TLT7 Expedition is simple, lightweight, and skis well. Just what you want in a backcountry boot, with nothing you don’t. The women’s edition has a cush liner and equal performance to the gentlemen’s. The cuff articulates amazingly well, and the do-it-all UltraLock 3.0 buckle system makes transitions a breeze. The fixe..
Ladies, welcome to the future of ski touring. The Fischer My Travers is a long-awaited women’s boot that skis like an alpine boot and yet walks like a running shoe. The My Travers brings the same beloved design, shape, and performance of the men’s Travers with a Thermoshape Lite liner that enhances the women’s fit. The result is a comfortable, warm boot that really performs. The BO..
Here’s what happened: the recalled F1 Evo boots were melted down, fed to an improved boot making machine, and spit out into boxes. You can now have your boots back, which were the only ones that fit, we know! The improved F1 is virtually the same boot as the original, just without the misbehaving Tronic ski/walk mode mechanism. Instead SCARPA went with a tried and true F1 lever. Th..
$698.95 From $524.21
The Starlet is becoming the default choice for female ski mountaineers. The updated 2.0 version promises to continue that trend with a host of tweaks designed to improve your daily adventures. Pegasus buckles were added to fine-tune your ability to lock your heel in place. The lower shell has a redesigned shape that will fit more feet comfortably out of the box. A new insert system..
Atomic did not forget about the fairer sex when developing its new line of alpine touring boots. The Women’s Backland is packed with most of the same technology as the carbon version, but with a softer flex and better colors. The boots ascend like a dream, with scant weight and a nearly frictionless pivot while in walk mode. A simple flip of the rear lock lever puts you in downhill..
$648.95 From $439.95
The Expedition version of the TLT7 features a Custom Ready liner that is warmer and takes up more space within the shell. This makes it a better fit for skinny-to-average width and cold feet. All feet will appreciate the toe fittings being moved closer to their natural pivot point. This fact, combined with the Snow-dynamic concept and Speed Nose make the “7” the most efficient clim..
The Movement Performance boots sure do look good on the Alp Tracks skis! The sleek black kicks are a solid ski touring boot that will get you up and down the mountains quickly. In walk mode, the boots feature 62° of ankle articulation and a quick-release top buckle / power strap combo. One flip of the buckle and simple transition switch and you’ll be ready to cruise. The downhill c..
As resorts are allowing more and more human powered traffic on their slopes, the demand for a lightweight boot that walks well and skis even better is at an all-time high. Designed with in-bounds human-powered skiing in mind, the Dynafit SpeedFit boot is perfect for your new favorite hobby. However, a boot capable of ripping groomers and skiing powder within resort boundaries will ..
Maybe you’re prepping a future Olympian skimo racer, or maybe you just want to get the family out touring. Finally, a touring boot designed with youth in mind, the Movement Alp Tracks Explorer Jr can bring those dreams to reality. With 62° of ankle-articulation, the boot walks comparably to lightweight adult touring boots. Combine that with the quick-release top buckle/strap and th..
The latest iteration of the iconic TLT boot from Dynafit has new plastic, liners, power straps, and colors. Switching to Pebax from Grilamid stiffens the lower shell and allows for more stretching if you need an advanced boot fit. The new Custom Light (CL) liners are thinner and lighter than the previous TLT6, which is great for moving fast. New Ultra Lock power straps have a pull-..
The Maestrale RS is one of the bestselling backcountry ski boots of all time. Generally, the rule of thumb for a time-tested classic is to not modify it much. That is unless you plan on making it lighter, increasing stiffness, and vastly improving the walking characteristics. Then of course it's a change approved by Skimo Co. The Maestrale RS 2.0 is another engineering marvel from ..
For good reason, the Gea RS was one of the best-selling women’s alpine touring boots of all time. SCARPA gave the 2.0 version a substantial overhaul and it’s better than ever. Substantially increasing the cuff articulation and dropping enough weight to satisfy our cravings, SCARPA made the Gea RS 2.0 impossible to resist. Thanks to the strategically placed Grilamid/carbon frame tha..
Think simple, think power, think stomping the landing. Don’t be alarmed that the boot doesn’t have the antiquated 4-buckle look, Movement is redefining comfort and stability with their Velcro over-the-cuff buckle that has not let customers down. If you are hesitant to ski without a defined number of buckles, we can send buckle stickers complimentary with a boot purchase.* The Movem..
As a whole, Salomon is known for being friendly to the hard-charging athletes who want to push the boundaries a bit. Built from the ground up as a powerful women’s touring boot, the MTN Explore W is intended to do just that. But feel free to explore the mountains in any way you see fit. The generous 63° of articulation makes the furthest peaks and steepest slopes seem closer. At un..
Salomon’s snowsports heritage is in alpine skiing, which shows in the MTN Explore touring boot. It’s evident in the way the boot skis, encouraging your progression as a skier into bigger terrain or higher speeds. Incorporating a more progressive flex than the Lab, the Explore is also lighter and walks better. The skiing is equally supportive. A lightweight, moldable Full Thermo CF ..
When center-punching a face at mach-speed, the benefits of a tall, stiff, and supportive boot are undeniable. Unfortunately, that usually means a boot that is too heavy, doesn’t walk well, and limits your range to faces that have already been centered-punched. Dynafit is now asking, “what if you could have it all?” The Hoji Pro Tour delivers impressive walking capabilities with a s..
The Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro could easily be overlooked due to its typical ski-boot-like appearance. It sports a four-buckle overlap design, rockered Vibram rubber sole, and ski/walk mechanism on the spine. Just a checklist beef boot with nothing to see here, right?
Wrong! The Tour Pro is elegantly simple and refined to such a degree that this boot will become the elusive one-boo..
If skiing massive backcountry lines, stomping landings, and etching figure elevens sounds like you, then we encourage you to read on. Following a tradition of excellence, Atomic filled the void in their backcountry boot selection with the show-stopping Hawx Ultra XTD 130. Touting an impressive 54° of smooth cuff articulation and Atomic’s famous Memory Fit 3D Liner, the Hawx is a se..
With the walking capabilities of two-buckle boots and the skiing chops of a full-blown alpine boot, the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 110 W is somewhat of a contradiction. Taking cues from both the streamlined Backland and Atomic’s alpine racing boots, the Hawx is a quiver of one for freeride touring. Combining Progressive Shell tech and the beefy Free/Lock 2.0 spine, the Hawx shines when ..
An update to the venerable Spectre boots is more than just color. But not much more. La Sportiva stiffened the boots by around 5% with strengthening ribs in the lower shell below the cuff. The impressive walk mode (for 4 buckle boots) stays the same and you get some bonus power transfer to your skis. The Italians had enough of boring black and decided to make the 2.0 with a signatu..
When gear from Salomon is labelled “Lab”, it’s safe to assume it’ll have the best-in-class performance for its intended application. The Mountain Lab ski touring boot is no exception. In fact, after amassing a generous number of accolades, the blue boot might be Salomon R&D’s (aka the “lab’s”) crown jewel. The skiing capability of the (relatively) lightweight MTN Lab is impress..
This La Sportiva ski boots truly sparkles. That is mainly due to the diamond dust in the soles that help it cut through ice and really grip. The Sparkle 2.0 also features upgraded ski performance over the 1.0 version, due to a reinforced lower shell. The boots still reign supreme when it comes to uphill efficiency in the four-buckle category, due to the low weight and surplus ankle..