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.
Fashionably known as Zeppas in Italy, these boot boards are replacements for the Tecnica Zero G alpine touring boots. This includes all models of Pro, Scout, and Tour. Choose based on the size of your shell and get back out there with intact boot boards. Note they can be ground down if you have any special fitting requirements...
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
“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, ..
Like its binding namesake, the Salomon Shift Pro 130 AT is aimed at the skier that wants the ability to go touring but spends the bulk of their time in the confines of a ski resort. Starting with the Coreframe insert, Salomon was able to keep the weight of the Shift down to “tourable” levels without sacrificing the stiffness that skiers demand from a 130-flex boot. Being the lovabl..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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 ..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
“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..
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..
Not unlike He-Man, when you step into the Palau All Track Power liner you may just hold your ski above your head and proclaim, "I have the power!" Rocking 10mm of EVA MD foam, this liner may not be little in the middle, but baby does it give back when it comes to downhill performance. Built specifically for hard-charging freeride boots, the thicker material can help take up volume,..
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 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 ..
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..
“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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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. ..
Certain inventions are acknowledged as the peak of human innovation and excellence. Fire, democracy, the automobile, and now, with the addition of the SCARPA Alien 4.0, that list has grown. Coming off the legendary 3.0 platform, the Alien 4.0 has made minor improvements for those who like to go uphill fast while having a stiff and precise boot on their feet. With an updated free-fl..
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. ..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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 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..
Did you land flat on that 50 footer and snap a boot board? Buy a replacement and try it again. Here lies replacement boot boards (the inserts underneath your liners) for the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD touring boots. Sold in pairs, including left and right boot boards.
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
Contrary to what the name implies, this boot accessory will not spoil your day-- in fact, it will probably make it better. For skiers who aren't satisfied with the 11 degree forward lean on the Hoji Pro Tour, Dynafit made an accessory just for you, the Hoji Free Spoiler. Bumping the forward lean up to 17 degrees gives you improved driving performance without having to upgrade to a ..