All-purpose ski touring boots are the sweet spot for most backcountry skiers. Noting that you go uphill 90% of the time, these are the perfect blend of uphill freedom and downhill performance. Fewer buckles, easier transitions, and more range of motion are the hallmarks of a backcountry specialty ski boot. A more complete overview of touring boots can be found here.
We were all new to backcountry skiing at some point. If for you that day is on the horizon, the Atomic Backland Sport boot should be on your shortlist of new gear. Well priced and well built, this boot can get you out there as you begin a new chapter of your adventurous life. With a range of motion that covers 74°, the walk mode is smooth and non-restrictive. An Energy Backbone con..
Atomic has long been known for their high quality on-piste ski boots, but the Backland backcountry boot line has made waves in a category dominated by European lightweight gear specialists. True to Backland boot form, the women’s Backland Pro provides high-end performance on the ups and downs and near limitless customization options in the shop, with both the liner and the shell be..
With a name like this, these boots can't help but be Stellar! Introducing the La Sportiva Stellar Boot, which is essentially the women's version of the Skorpius. All the same great features, just a softer flex to accommodate lighter skiers. While the Skorpius uses a carbon/grilamid hybrid in the cuff and shell, the Stellar is pure grilamid, which softens the boot and also makes it ..
Gear that works well for a wide variety of uses is the best kind of gear, and the Fischer Travers TS ski boot ticks all your boxes. Whether it's backcountry touring, casual skimo racing, or the occasional on-piste foray, the Travers will have your back feet. The word 'workhorse' comes to mind when talking about the Travers TS. You can line up at the starting line for that weeknight..
“What goes up must come down.” This inescapable reality is what makes our sport so great, and at times, so cruel. Because of this, manufacturers have been hard at work searching far and wide to find the perfect ratio of uphill efficiency to downhill performance. With the Quantum 110, Dalbello has seemingly found the answer. The generous 65° range of motion will make the 4-hour appr..
When the time comes to pass along the uphill-skiing knowledge to the next generation, the right gear can be the difference between a fun day in the mountains or a stressful affair you’d rather forget. Matched with the corresponding Youngstar set or another similar youth-friendly rig, Dynafit’s Youngstar Boot is the brand's first kids-oriented boot that will have your future Olympia..
Similar to the shrieks and howls from the ghosts and ghouls around late autumn, moans and groans can be heard from parents trying to fit their children into yet another ski boot around the same time. To the delight of many, Roxa has provided some respite with the Roxa R3 J 90 T.I., providing parents with a quality choice that can fulfill backcountry and resort skiing duties. The Ne..
Welcome to your ski touring future! The Fischer Travers GR is a boot that rips downhill, yet walks like a running shoe. The Travers GR brings the same beloved design, shape, and performance of the Travers CS with a Thermoshape Lite liner that enhances the fit. The result is a comfortable, warm boot that really performs. The BOA closure evenly wraps and distributes pressure across t..
The boot for the unwashed masses, the common backcountry skier who has big dreams but sleeps through the alarm as often as they make it out of bed in time! Don't misunderstand, this boot is top-of-the-line European engineering at its finest: with tech like the Speed Nose and Cramp-In system, who else besides Dynafit could have designed it? No, the only common or unwashed thing abou..
The Dynafit TLT boot line has been at the forefront of the backcountry ski boot market for many years, and the updated TLT8 Expedition is no exception. On the TLT8, two ratcheting buckles operate independently of one another to provide a simple and effective closure system, replacing the somewhat complex single buckle routed-cable system found on previous models. A slightly taller ..
Built with the same inspiration that guided Fischer in the development of the Transalp Pro, the Transalp Tour W is built for badass gals looking to put in big vertical days without too much compromise on the descent. Because “shrink it and pink it” just doesn’t cut it anymore, Fischer uses a women's specific last and liner for narrower, low volume feet. The mix of Pbax Rnew and TPU..
The Roxa RX J Light is built to provide the next generation of backcountry skiers with a seamless backcountry experience. Starting with a generous 62° range of motion, they will be able to move efficiently and enjoyably on the skin track, making skinning feel less like a chore. The rockered Skywalk rubber sole provides excellent traction on snowy surfaces and allows for an efficien..
Dynafit just won't stop! Now in its eighth iteration, the TLT8 Carbonio boot has improved the previous models to become the epitome of an all-purpose backcountry ski boot. Seen equally as often at both skimo races and atop committing lines far from the nearest road or chairlift, many skiers can attest to the balance of walkability and skiability in the TLT boot lineup. This updated..
The upgraded Speedfit Pro from Dynafit gets you up in the mountains without needing to leave a painfully large chunk of your wallet behind at the shop. With the same fit as the much revered TLT6 line, the boot is optimized for performance, ease of use, and reliability-- enough for many seasons of skiing. The Speedfit Pro offers similar skiing and walkability to the more expensive a..
The Dalbello Quantum Free Asolo Factory is a meaty boot with a vegetarian weight. This balanced diet allows you to save energy on the skin track so you stay fresh for when it matters the most - ripping down the ski line. The two-part mid-entry cuff is easy to get into and offers an impressive range of motion to keep you efficient on the uphill. When you're ready to transition, the ..
Salomon has put a lot of time and energy into the “touring” boot category lately, and their hard work isn’t going unnoticed. For the ladies, Salomon made the MTN Summit Pure W. With a 70° range of motion, frictionless pivot, and svelte weight, you know these are ready to efficiently tackle large traverses, far summits, and midwinter powder harvests. To keep the tootsies warm and dr..
It may seem like a stretch, but you can indeed get "rad" on both the up and the down with Dalbello's Quantum Free 105 ski touring boot. Don't call it a comeback, but purple and pink bring a retro look to the touring scene. From a brand that knows its stuff when it comes to downhill performance, Dalbello has hit its stride in the touring world with a weight-conscious ripper that exc..
The Dynafit Low Tech Boot pays homage to their beloved second iteration of the TLT boot lineup. TLT, or Tour Lite Tech, has had its fair share of changes from the original tourlite boot which started the tech boot revolution, and in 1990 the green, purple, and pink Tour Lite 2 was revealed to the world with great fanfare. Now, in 2022, the Low Tech Boot is a Dynafit TLT X that has ..
Dissatisfied with available options and tired of continually modifying alpine touring boots with mixed results, Key Equipment set out to create a purpose-built splitboarding boot that offered the best of both soft and hard boots. After many prototypes and extensive testing, Key Equipment is proud to introduce the Disruptive boot. Combining the damp and plush characteristics of a so..
Money, performance, power. While this may sound like the intro to your favorite rap song (or any rap song, really), this is in fact an introduction to a ski boot. And as fortune would have it, a ski boot that is relatively easy on the wallet while still providing exceptional performance and power. As you’ve probably surmised at this point, we are speaking about the Fischer Transalp..
Booting. Skinning. Skiing. The La Sportiva Stellar is back and better than ever, showcasing a mastery of all elements of backcountry skiing. The Stellar II has tweaked its tongue design, ensuring it won’t snap under the powerful forces you undoubtedly subject it to. The buckle system has also seen some changes, replaced by an easily adjustable instep boa. This boa is situated in a ..
They made it! The revered TLT boot series from Dynafit has made it all the way to X. That means the new TLT X is approximately the 10th iteration of innovative German/Italian engineering (please gloss over Dynafit’s choice to skip the “nine” like they are a big tech company). However, no need to gloss over the details of the boot since, owing to them, this might be the best TLT yet..
Blending innovation with a continued dedication to reliability at low weight, the TLT boot line has been a mainstay among touring enthusiasts for several decades. The Dynafit TLT X is the latest entry in this series of lean boots and promises to be another hit, with several exciting updates. Perhaps most notably, the TLT X has reimagined its fit, remaining comfortable while losing ..
“To get down, one first has to get there.” This sage observation from an unnamed but exceptionally handsome staffer here at Skimo Co sums up the age-old conundrum in the backcountry community. That is, one must earn their turns. To help make the battle against gravity less lopsided, Salomon made the S/Lab MTN Summit. Utilizing an Ultramid + shell with a carbon fiber-charged spine, ..
Wide-footed ski mountaineers and skimo racers rejoice! Dynafit has answered your prayers with the TLT X Extra Wide Boot. Featuring the Twistfit Closure System in the lower shell, the TLT X Extra Wide provides a nuanced and precise way to comfortably and precisely secure your foot and heel. The single-throw Ultra Lock 5.0 system makes for ultra-quick transitions while the buttery sm..
Enhance! Electrify! These are the two things Dalbello did to the prior season's Quantum Free 105 when creating the improved Quantum Free boot. The liner has been enhanced with a more supportive memory foam tongue, providing greater comfort for those with bony shins. The new colorway is electrifying, featuring sharp colorways that are sure to draw compliments on the skin track. Keep..
Can’t decide if you want to optimize for the up or the down? Looking for a boot that does it all? Atomic has opted to make the decision easy for you in the form of the Backland XTD Carbon 115 W. Combining the best of the lightweight Backland and burly Hawx XTD series of boots, the Backland XTD Carbon 115 W provides a stable and powerful skiing platform while maintaining a relativel..
What do you get when you merge an Alien with a Maestrale, a race boot with a beef boot, an extraterrestrial with a cold northwesterly wind? You get an F1 race car, er, two-buckle touring boot! As Scarpa's signature backcountry touring boot, the F1 sits at the crossroads of out-of-this-world uphill speed and deep-powder charging on high-fat skis. The hinged Evo tongue on the F1 allo..
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 Skorpius made a splash when it debuted, owing to its balance of stiffness and hikeability. Picking up where the original left off, La Sportiva's Skorpius the Second uses carbon-infused Pebax material throughout the shell and cuff. The tongue has been reinforced, averting the occasional breakage issues seen with previous versions of the boot. To suit a wider audience, the instep..
If we had to compare the F1 GT to its LT sibling, we’d have to say they are “similar but different.” Being composed of Grilamid instead of the mystical Carbon/Grilamid mixture of the LT, the GT carries a few more grams, however, it also sports a more progressive flex, which many skiers will appreciate. Specific to the GT, SCARPA added an instep buckle instead of a BOA, which adds d..
Many light skiers find that ski mountaineering boots, often which utilize carbon in their construction, are stiff and unforgiving. Not ones to sit idle, SCARPA has been hard at work, creating boots for the people, by the people, but thankfully not of the people. By using Grilamid that forgoes the carbon treatment, the F1 GT women's boot gains a progressive flex that is lacking from..
It used to be that Search and Rescue operators recommended that b*ckcountry (can't use the full word, gotta keep Big Backcountry off our case) recreationists take mirrors to signal for help when they get lost-- not anymore!! Nowadays, if you're in the backcountry and need a rescue, simply find a long stick and hold your Fischer Travers CS boots up in the air, and their glowing gree..
In every skier tourer's career, there comes a time to hang up the four-buckle boots and pursue the full experience of unhindered mountain movement. Whether it’s your first encounter with alpine-style speed or your thousandth, the Zero G Peak Women’s Boot is a worthy steed. An admixture of carbon and grilamid comprises the lower and cuff, providing lateral, torsional and forward/bac..
Atomic keeps refining the Backland series of boots, and the Backland Carbon still sits atop the list. Dropping the BOA system in favor of a Cross Lace instep buckle, the updated version is more reliable and can close tighter on your foot. The Backland Carbon is still one of the best walking boots in this class, with 74 degrees of motion around serviceable Frictionless Pivots. The l..
At the same time and place every year, the boot wizards at SCARPA emerge from their R&D dungeons to see how their creations are being used. It was during such an emergence they noticed the F1 LT being pushed farther and harder than ever anticipated. With ideas in their heads for the next best thing, they retreated back from whence they emerged, spending the next year testing di..
Sometimes, when two things are combined, they produce something far greater than the original constituents. History is marked by such fusions: fire and meat, iron and carbon into steel, ski poles and ice axes, J-Lo and Shakira. Now, two of the best options for backcountry boots have joined forces to form the all-new, all-powerful F1 LT. By combining lightweight race features from t..
With the introduction of the F1 LT, many were forced into a state of introspection as they struggled to cope with just how powerful such a light boot could be. For the upcoming season, Scarpa is equitably bringing the same kickass performance of the F1 LT and combining it with a women’s specific fit. After much market research, rumor has it they’re cleverly calling it the F1 LT W. ..
In the early days of ski touring, folks purchasing boots had to answer a most pressing question; “Do I want performance or mobility?” Thankfully, and much to the relief of our wallets, our sport has matured quite nicely, and we are now treated with many equipoised offerings. With the introduction of the Transalp Pro, Fischer has created a boot equally at home on far-out ski mountai..
If the TLT 8 is Dynafit’s Mozart (classical, virtuosic, precedent-setting), then the Blacklight is their Beethoven (dark, striking). Okay, maybe we’ve lost you, but we’re just really excited about this boot! Like the TLT X, the Blacklight takes what worked from the TLT 8, such as the simple ultra lock system and above-average volume fit, while also improving walking range of motion..
Atomic heard the cry of 1000 aching souls, “I want a boot that walks like a Backland Carbon but skis like a Hawx XTD, why oh god am I left to suffer and teeter on this hideous precipice?!” And lo, they have provided an answer. Boasting both a 74-degree range of motion and a very skiable 120 flex, the Backland Carbon XTD 120 is as capable on the up as it is on the down. The laced lo..
While the red, white, and blue coloring of the Quantum Free Pro may have you feeling like Captain America, there are in fact many countries representing this trio of action-packed colors. With a svelte weight, 65° range of motion, and innovative two-piece tongue, the Quantum Free Pro will allow you to ascend the skin track so quickly, your touring partner will have no choice but to..
It’s said that “Necessity is the mother of invention.” While we don’t claim skiing a gazillion vertical feet to be a necessity, it certainly inspired innovation in the form of Tecnica Zero G Peak Carbon! This boot enters a small but increasingly prominent market of truly lightweight touring boots that punch above their weight class when pushed in downhill ski mode. It all starts wi..
“Enjoy the way and celebrate the ride...” This summary by Dalbello does a great job of describing the purpose of their Quantum Evo boot. Designed to be mobile for big days yet stout enough to drive a low-fat ski confidently, the Quantum Pro is for those seeking to journey far from the trailhead and enjoy the journey. The narrowish fit with autofit tech foam in the heel helps protec..
With the Transalp Carbon Pro, Fischer's history of boot-making prowess is on full display. Billed simply as a “touring boot”, we find the Transalp Carbon Pro defies this simple categorization. Is it an uphill machine? Is it a powerful boot with impressive downhill capabilities? Is it...both? Using a Carbon infused cuff, Fischer builds upon their popular Transalp Pro, creating a boo..
Billed as the downhill-oriented pony in the Pierre Gignoux stable, the Mountain is all about committing descents, far off the beaten path. Being handmade by Pierre Gignoux in the heart of the French Alps, the Mountain is made with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring quality and performance. The asymmetrical cuffs feature two buckles, allowing the boot to be securely snugged ag..