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. For a breakdown of our categories, please peruse this article on how to choose an A/T boot.
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
It's no secret that quality ski gear doesn’t come free. Therefore, it’s a welcome occurrence when manufacturers create a, “quiver killer,” or something that can fill multiple roles. When the ski boot whisperers at SCARPA decided to throw their hat into the ring, they knew they needed the guidance of an elite athlete who understood the intricacies of a piste performance boot. Thus s..
Hard-charging ladies who have been searching for the elusive “one boot quiver” can finally rejoice, SCARPA has delivered! Working with legendary ski racer Bode Miller, SCARPA set out to create a boot that could withstand the scrutiny of the pickiest ski racer while at the same time providing excellent uphill mobility. With a 115-flex rating, four-buckle construction, and GripWalk c..
These boots are made for skiin’ – and that’s just what they’ll do! But eventually, you’ll have to go walking, too. Usually first. Filling the spot in their lineup previously held by the Hoji Free 130, Dynafit offers the unisex Tigard 130 and ventures into 4 buckle territory with a boot that promises to fulfill the elusive overlap between hard charging and uphill aerobic efficiency...
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..
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..
For the hard charging skier who regularly ventures into the sidecountry and the backcountry, the fine folks down at Dynafit have for you the Hoji Free, a quiver-of-one freeride touring boot that is compatible with both tech and some alpine bindings. If you plan to spend most of your time skiing out of backcountry trailheads, we recommend you either hit that preseason training progr..
For a fresh hot take on the venerable Maestrale RS, the 4.0 model is redesigned with a more planet-friendly twist and slightly different fit than its predecessor.* Consistent with its environmental objectives, SCARPA is increasingly using materials made from renewable resources throughout its product lines. In this case, the cuff and shell are constructed with materials derived fro..
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 ..
“Renewed, refreshed, reinvigorated.” These are a few words we’d use to describe the Gea RS 4.0 coming back from her summer vacation. While overall the Gea RS is the same powerful and walkable boot as prior generations, the 4.0 features a slightly updated fit* and is composed of more sustainable materials, derived from castor oil. Similar to the tried and true buckle scheme of the 3..
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..
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..
For those of us looking for a more technically geared touring boot that helps us remain happy while skiing aggressively, the Dynafit Hoji Free 110 could be the slipper of your Cinderella story. The boot's construction uses less material than its Hoji predecessors, allowing for a lower flex capacity. With a lower flex rating this boot may appeal to aggressive skiers that are lighter..
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 Mimic Liner, the Hawx is a seriously impress..
With the walking capabilities of two-buckle boots and the skiing chops of a full-blown alpine boot, the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 115 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 ..
To the La Sportiva Vanguard, wide-open GS turns on a big face, and driving high-fat powder skis are in its nature. The rigid 130 flex will thrive on even your largest pow planks. However, it will surprise you on the way up with its generous 63 degrees of cuff rotation. Once you figure out the V-shape cuff and asymmetrical scissor closure system, booting up will be a breeze - even i..
When Lange introduced the XT3 Tour Pro, their devoted fanbase wept tears of joy that finally, they could get the same "Lange" fit, but in a backcountry-specific boot. With the XT3 Tour 2.0 MV 130, Lange is keeping the same great performance and fit as its forbear but with slightly less weight. The strategic weight loss took place in a few ways: First, the XT3 Tour 2.0 uses a new Vi..
You’ve earned it. The new Lange XT3 Tour is the perfect companion for missions where you truly earn your turns. You woke up while the roosters were still fast asleep, tucked cozily into their flannel sheets. You were the first to the trailhead, braving the icy roads before they were plowed. You broke trail, dealing with brutally cold temperatures and howling wind. The reward for yo..
The Lange XT3 Tour Pro boot is designed for those who want alpine-level performance in the backcountry. Using Lange’s Dual Core technology, multiple layers of plastic help drive your skis while absorbing vibration you might find on those not-so-perfect days. Over 50 degrees range of motion in the cuff will help you scoot your skis uphill well enough to arrive ready to slay. Inside ..
With a burly four-buckle construction, Gripwalk compatible sole, and solid 110 flex, the Salomon Shift Pro 110 AT W is built primarily for skiing inbounds but can also do side-country laps or the occasional short tour. The benefit of all this beef, then, is that it has exceptional downhill manners and is durable for season after season of use. The Sensifit insert eases the process ..
The Ultralight liners from Palau are designed for skimo racing boots and other high performance applications. With an overlap design, they hug your calves while keeping the snow off your socks. The highly-rated EVA foam is thermo-moldable and adapts to your ankle movement. They are secured at the top with an elastic strap. The Palau ultralights are designed to be compatible with Al..
Whether trying to "beef" up a race boot or create volume in a touring boot, the Tour Lite Evo LV is up for the task. Utilizing a 7mm soft-density (SD) EVA foam with 8mm thick asymmetric padding on the front and rear of the upper cuff, the Tour Lite Evo LV offers a loving cradle for your shin while ensuring you keep the exemplary range of motion found on your boot. The lower is made..
Replacing the Tour Lite Pro and Tour Lite Pro Evo, the Tour Lite Evo MV is seeking to position itself as the perfect liner to complement the performance of your touring boot. Starting with the closed cell, medium density (MD) EVA foam, these liners keep the impressive range of motion indicative of a modern touring boot, allowing you to move quickly and efficiently in the mountains...
Palau liners are made with 100% highly rated EVA foam. The thermo-moldable foam is closed-cell which maximizes thermal retention. Palau make their liners with a dense cut of the foam that retains its shape after a heat mold or some skiing. That is why they were chosen as the liner supplier for Dynafit, La Sportiva, and other well-known boot brands. Now you can get replacement liner..
Palau is the liner supplier for Dynafit, La Sportiva, Fischer, and other well-known boot brands. This is because the 100% closed-cell EVA foam is highly moldable and offers great thermal retention. Being European, Palau of course didn’t forget to make their liners walk really well with strategic cutouts in the ankle and tongue-designs that don’t impede skinning. The Tour Lite Pro E..
Palau took their All Track collection to the next level by offering a new “power” liner in a slimmer package. Working off the mighty Powertrack 10, they shaved the liner down to 8mm to allow its use in tighter-fitting and more articulate boots. Using a medium density heat-moldable EVA foam, Palau made the Power LT a precise fitting liner to boost the performance of any boot. Whethe..
Being synonymous with comfort and performance, Intuition has rightfully been atop the leaderboard when it comes to high-quality after-market liners. Taking over from the venerable Pro Tour liner, the Tour Tongue has received subtle design updates that improve upon this already successful formula. As with all Intuition liners, the Tour Tongue is built using a highly customizable foa..
Closed-cell EVA foam is known for its ability to hold a mold. That means after having your liners heat molded, they won’t start to return to a former shape and crowd your feet. The foam is also warmer than some other liner materials and is very dense which helps in high-performance skiing. All Intuition liners are made with specially formulated closed-cell EVA foam, which is why th..
Do you enjoy bombing downhill at 60 MPH with your shins lovingly cradled in a roll of confidence-inspiring foam? Do you find yourself bottoming out the flex on your current boots, or have low-volume calves and bony shins in desperate need of padding? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, Intuition is at your service with the Tour Wrap, a wrap-style liner designed specifi..
If Febreeze is no longer a match for your liners, it may be time for a replacement. It’s also time if you’ve ripped out the tongue, completely worn them through at the rivets, or packed them out beyond recognition. Look for replacement Dynafit liners here, all of which are thermo-moldable (TF) so may even fit other boots.
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Racing and touring is hard on liners. Sweat builds up; articulation causes chafing. Replace your SCARPA boot liners with a fresh pair, listed below by model.
4-Pro Flex XT - The Intuition liner for the 4 Quattro XT and 4 Quattro XT Women's boots.
Alien - Updated Intuition liner that comes with the newer Alien boots (since 2019/20). Also known as the Cross Fit Tour Lite liner...
Rocking 10mm of EVA MD foam, this liner will never be called, "svelt," or "flimsy." Built specifically for hard-charging freeride boots, the thicker material can help take up volume, or just be the perfect replacement for that haggard old liner that has been a little too well loved. Fully heat moldable, you can expect a great fit for your foot that will hold its shape and resist pa..