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..
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 $498.46
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 $599.95
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..
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..
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..
The updated version of the Sideral boot provides 2.0 times the refinement. La Sportiva borrowed its slick Pegasus buckles from the Spectre to refine the lower buckle closure. A new lower-shell mold has a refined shape, allowing more feet to fit in. Sportive also added new S3 Inserts™ that refine the compatibility. Now you can step into frame bindings, tech bindings, and even the Tr..
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..
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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 ..
The Women's version of the Dynafit TLT6 Mountain boot is no less robust than the men's. Although it has a Custom Ready liner with a women's specific fit and slightly lower profile, the TLT6 Mountain Women's CR uses the same shell mold, cuff, and sole. A slightly softer tongues gives a more progressive flex for women and a Grilamid lower shell lightens it up. It has the same impress..
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-..
If you want a simple backcountry touring boot that walks and skis well, check out the Hagan Core. Loaded with marketing acronyms (below), the Core boots aren’t loaded with complexity. A micro-adjustable lower buckle uses a wire to get the effect of multiple buckles locking your heel and forefoot in place. An infinitely adjustable upper Velcro booster strap acts as the top buckle. A..
A standard bearer for light and fast ski mountaineering, the Dynafit TLT series has been upgraded. If you were one of the many who discovered the amazing lightness, performance and agility of the TLT 5, you will find the new Dynafit TLT6 boot to be more comfortable, warmer, and even easier to use. Don't worry, the boot retains its light weight and proven design that makes it a joy ..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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..
We like to let folks test out ski boots. That means we occasionally have used boots for sale. Some of them are listed here, below, for your purchasing pleasure.
Arc'Teryx Procline Support 26.5 - Cool design from Canada packed with features for climbers. This is the non-carbon version of the Procline boot with the Support liner. Skied a handful of times, good condition. If you ha..