The best ski mountaineering boots are light enough to let you travel far yet powerful enough to ski safely. Skimo racing boots weigh less than 1kg while heavier models will be warmer and allow you to drive bigger skis. We've broken it down into several categories for you to get the most out of your days in the backcountry.
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 a tech-system that enables crazy weights, super-fast transitions, and better responsiveness. Take the traditional..
When speed is ingrained in your DNA and you've got your eyes set on the podium, the Dynafit DNA race boot is going to be your partner in speed. Carbon cuffs reduce weight and add downhill performance which combined may end up being the difference between taking first instead of second. The Twistfit closure system gives you full control of your fit so that you can have confidence an..
A fixture at the head of any skimo race, the original Alien 1.0 established a higher 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..
The best of both! La Sportiva combined the lightness and stiffness of the Hi-Cube cuff with the easy-fitting, comfortable Sytron lower. This makes the Raceborg an excellent race boot that walks and skis like a dream. Since the lower shell is Grilamid, it can be punched and stretched to help with problem areas on the foot, unlike the Stratos. Unlike the Sytron, it doesn’t have a ful..
Big races, 10,000 vertical foot days, and fast ski mountaineering missions - the Mezzalama boot is built with these adventures in mind. Borrowing some of the DNA from Dynafit's higher-end lineup, the Mezzalama is a multi-functional boot for those with quick intentions. This version is made with a carbon/grilamid shell and a grilamid/glass cuff so that these boots can ascend like a ..
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..
The zombie Alien apocalypse we really wanted has arrived, and it's looking to be a good time. Updated and back from the dead, the SCARPA Alien ski boot got some renovations that improve upon the previous model. Still the prime choice for the skier who sits on the fence between skimo racing and steep and deep backcountry touring, this Alien is frighteningly light and nauseatingly po..
Equally at home rallying a Tuesday night skimo race as it is doing a 12,000-foot day of climbing in the backcountry, the Atomic Backland Ultimate boot is a versatile tool for those looking to cover ground with speed and efficiency. The stiffened lower encourages straight lining to the finish line while the frictionless pivot won’t hold you back when you’re redlining up that climb. ..
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..
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 different generation of skiing. This ain't your grandpa's ski-day! Behold: the Alien RS. Holding true to the da Vinci mantra that "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," the Alien RS is a delightfully simple boot. A stiff ca..
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..
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. ..
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..
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..
August to October is an exciting time for ski shops all across the country. Each year, a handful of products really stand out*, and La Sportiva's boot was one of the most anticipated. The Skorpuis CR boot was meant to replace the Spitfire, and man did La Sportiva nail it. With a 68 degree range of walking motion and the smooth Spider ratchet closure system, the Skorpius goes up as ..
The Backland Carbon Boot from Atomic is a very serious boot, and it got a serious makeover for 2019/20 season. So serious, in fact, that we aren't gonna make any jokes for the rest of this product listing (well, maybe one at the end). All the updates are aimed at improving the Backland without adding any weight. Atomic incorporated a BOA closure system on the lower shell of the boo..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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 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 ..
“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..
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..
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..
“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..
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..
Created for the next generation of backcountry ski tourers, the new Hagan Pure Junior boot is designed to excel in all conditions without being too burdensome on its user or your wallet. Its relatively svelte weight and 60° range of motion won’t hold your kids back on the uphill and the forgiving flex certainly won’t overpower smaller skiers on the downhill. The M-Grip sole finds t..
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 Carbonio version of the TLT7 is the 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 UltraLock 3.0 design that combines the upper and lower buckles into one switch. Dynafit has done away with the rem..
An updated version of the Spectre 2.0, the Vega is La Sportiva's 4 buckle beef boot that has serious walkability for its class. Boasting a 60-degree range of motion, this downhill dynamo is ideal for long days in the mountains when you need mobility and support. Utilizing the same shape and shell characteristics as the Spectre, including the carbon-reinforced spine, the Vega has a ..
La Sportiva's Sparkle 2.0 boot was one of the best, but people were getting tired of spending their time at the trailhead buckling their boots while their partners were talking about what lines were to be skied. So, La Sportiva re-designed their premier free touring boot with a new color scheme, some serious upgrades, and a new name. The Vega is a climbing machine, keeping the mass..
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..
Do you remember the first touring boot you ever heard of? Well, considering how long the SCARPA Maestrale RS has been in Scarpa’s lineup, there’s a pretty good chance that it was this legendary boot. Keeping up with the times, Scarpa was able to add Grilamid Bio - a green alternative - to the V-Frame Cuff of the boot. The bi-injected carbon-infused Grilamid shell keeps the boot as ..
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..
If Dynafit made a Venn diagram of its (non-race) ski boot lineup, one circle would feature the beloved TLT8 Expedition boot, known for being lightweight, efficient, and capable of big days in the mountains. The other circle would be the Hoji Free 130 boot. These aggressive, huck-your-meat, stiff-as-a-2x4 boots have proven to be a delight for the freeriders who earn their turns (and..
Sometimes, it is necessary to let loose and get a little radical. While “radical” is an individualized term, Dynafit, with the introduction of the Radical Pro W, seems to think it means pillows, drops, and high-speed aprons in far out locations. To get there, the Hoji Pro W boasts an exceptional 60-degree range of motion, which certainly won’t hold you back while chugging uphill. O..
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..
The SCARPA Gea RS might be a showstopper for its looks, but it's also a performer in the backcountry. The Gea RS utilizes Grilamid Bio which has increased the torsional rigidity while also keeping emissions down from production; this is good for both the skier and our wonderful winter environment. While there has been a few changes with this iteration of the Gea RS, some key featur..
Gear that enables you to perform how you want to without being unmanageably heavy is the ultimate end goal of every ski brand. While some folks classify themselves as dedicated backcountry fiends, many (if not most) skiers dart back and forth between the skintrack and the chairlift. For the lady skiers who split their time between the resort and the backcountry, Tecnica has the lig..