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Dynafit PDG 2 Boot

Brand: Dynafit
Model: PDG 2
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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 boot for surprisingly good skiing. The Speed Nose uses an offset toe-fitting that is moved a few millimeters closer to your toe for a more natural skinning motion. Some might call this parts-bin engineering, but the parts came together nicely at a great price considering the carbon! The Dynafit PDG 2 is an awesome racing, missioning, or fitness-touring boot that accommodates some bigger feet.

  • Ultralock 1.0 Closure System is bomb-proof and simple.
  • Speed Nose places skinning efficiency above all else.
  • Driving Spoiler 2.0 provides a stiff platform in ski mode.
  • Carbon fiber cuff provides great lateral power transmission.
  • The Grilamid shell and spoiler give a lively feel to the boot.
  • Waterproof gaiter over the forefoot seals out the elements.
  • Compatible with Cramp-In crampon system.
Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
827g [27.5]
Weight (pair) 1654g [27.5]
Buckles Velcro instep buckle, Ultralock 1.0 closure system
Boot Sole Length 243mm [22.5-23.5]
253mm [24/24.5]
263mm [25/25.5]
273mm [26/26.5]
283mm [27/27.5]
293mm [28/28.5]
303mm [29/29.5]
313mm [30/30.5]
Binding Compatibility Tech only
Cuff Rotation 62°
Forward Lean(s) 14°, 17°
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials Grilamid shell & spoiler, carbon fiber cuff
Liner Custom Light
Sole Pomoca race
Skimo Co Says
Usage Rando racing, speed touring
Notes Speed Nose means faster skinning
Bottom Line Carbon boot for wider / higher volume feet
9/1/2019
by Eric (downright abused product)
 
Used as my primary training and actual ski mountaineering boot for the 18-19 season (while racing on the DNA). This is a major change from the previous blue/grey or orange/white PDG. I'm typically a 29.0 with a bit of extra punching required but found myself absolutely swimming in the 29. Downsized to a 28.0 (which felt terrifyingly tight) and with some extensive punching and molding, got a good fit. Be prepared to do some homework on sizing!

I like the new gator which comes up higher than most other race boots. This helps protect against spring slush pouring into your shell and soaking your feet though it's not completely impervious. Definitely an improvement. The tightening system is simple and light and the boot overall is quite light so a plus there as well!

The speed nose has been endlessly debated. I don't care for training but for racing in crampons, it's a potential inconvenience (again, I used the full carbon DNA for racing which has a toe welt). For ski mountaineering - climbing easy mixed terrain and moderate ice, I'd prefer a toe welt to be able to use full auto crampons. Semi-auto's just don't inspire the same confidence. As well, in firm spring conditions, booting without crampons feels less secure with less edge possible. This is really dependent on intended use so I'm not going to hold it against them on this boot.

The only real downside for me was that I perceived the boot to be rather soft. The upper cuff (carbon) seems to be quite stiff and transmits power well but the plastic lower seems to absorb rather than transmit. It's most noticeable on bigger (90 underfoot) skis but even can be noticed on race skis in really adverse conditions (PNW elephant snot). Again, not a huge issue for a training boot but if you're rallying in difficult conditions, can be unnerving.
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3/31/2019
by Anthony O (used product regularly)
 
5/5 for being the only company offering a light boot that fits wide feet. The boot skis skinnys fine and i have used it up to around 1300 gram ski+binding combos. That is my personal limit of weight i would want to ski with this, but considering most will be skiing under 900 gram setups with these then I would say thats pretty good. My only problems with this boot are related to fit. The whole lower is high volume, so for people with wide fat feet, thats great, but the upper cuff doesnt get anywhere close to enveloping my calf, which required added a lot of foam to the shin area to suck up volume. I also found the heel hold to be terrible, largely i think due to the location of the minimal forefoot "strap" which i find to be more over the mid and forefoot as opposed to over the ankle. If it was 1cm rearward it would have actually provided heel hold. I eventually cut into the boot and added an extra strap which totally fixed my personal fit issues. As far as durability i have about 20 days in my and have some play in the cuff but no signs of undue wear or cracking. I have used them mostly on piste, but lately have been skiing off piste in variable snow in steep terrain. Like a normal race boot I use a balanced to rearward stance and do not really drive in these, esp in bad snow, but i have total confidence in them for steep adventure skiing so far. Compared to the syborg, the gaiter's durability is significantly better. If you can get a decent fit this is a great option.
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12/25/2018
Question from Steve
 
How do these compare to a TLT 6 performance in skiing?
12/26/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Steve! On smaller skis, it's just as good. On bigger skis, not so much. In the words of one of our employees that has owned both of those boots, "It's about halfway in between skiing a TLT6 with a tongue and without a tongue, but the walk mode on the PDG2 blows the TLT6 out of the water."
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12/10/2018
Question from Casper
 
How does this boot compare in foot fit to the Racetron and Sytron? My feet is pretty wide, which is why I chose the Racetron, but find that I get a lot of blisters in it, anyways. I am looking for a more decent fit and wonder if it is worth getting calluses to be able to use the La Sport step-in system to step in to the Gara Titan binding without opening the pins first. Is it possible to step in like that with the Masterstep?
12/12/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Casper! It's a bit taller over the instep than the RaceTron or Sytron. Where are you getting callouses/blisters? Either way, it's probably not worth it to be able to step into those bindings hands-free, even though features is really sweet.
12/12/2018
Answer from CASPER C
 
Hey Trace
I get play in the heels and had to install some foam. The blisters are on the back of the heels. Additionally, I have to tighten the lower buckles quite tightly. I also get some redness from where the bikini liner overlaps.
12/12/2018
Answer from CASPER C
 
And actually I mean the RaceBorgs.
12/14/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Casper! My two cents would be to fill out our boot fitter instead of diagnosing it on this page, if possible.
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10/30/2018
Question from Carl
 
How does the fit compare to the Alien RS? I heard a rumor that these were using a size lower tlt7 shell but with a thinner liner in each size.
10/31/2018
Answer from Teddy Young
 
Hey Carl, it's built on the same lower shell as the TLT7, and we assume it has an even thinner liner. It should be wider and higher volume than the Alien RS! We'll have more details about the shell sizing when we have them in hand.
11/20/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Carl, indeed these are a shell size smaller than the TLT7, and with the liner, feel somewhat the same out of the box. There is a whole shell size less room without the liner though!
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9/16/2018
Question from Peter Morgan
 
I was curious about the toe box width. The TLT7 performance was too tight in the toe box for me, but he TLT7 expedition CR was just right. any insight on the toe box width? thanks! (also, when do you expect them in stock?)
9/17/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Peter! It's built on the same lower shell as the TLT7, but I am assuming it has an even thinner liner so it'll have more space than the Performance and then for sure the Expedition. I'm interested to get a bit more info to clarify a few things, would you mind filling out our boot fitter? Dynafit hasn't given us a more updated ETA yet though so I can't really give a more detailed answer unfortunately. "Soon" is about the best I can do without speaking out of turn.
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9/8/2018
Question from Eric
 
Guys - how high does that gator go? Similar to the old PDG/DyNA or higher like the newer Scarpas?
9/8/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Eric! Not 100% sure yet as we haven't been able to really tear the boot apart and analyze it, but I do believe it goes a bit higher than the older Dynafit models and stops somewhere kinda high up in the front where the cuff wings overlap (approximately the height of the velcro). If there are any monumental changes we'll try to get an updated picture from Dynafit and get an update in the description.
10/21/2018
Answer from TSB
 
Looks like the gaitor comes a little higher than the old PdG low-cut: see Lou's photo for "bellows installed" (scroll down the page).
10/22/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey TSB, thanks for following up with this. Those are great photos actually. Eric, we were able to get our hands on a sample boot for a little bit during a clinic and it's definitely a pretty tall gaiter. I think the level of waterproofing is going to be very similar to the TLT7.
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