PDG is short for Patrouille des Glaciers, a famous ski mountaineering race hosted by the Swiss Army. Designed for such races, the Dynafit PDG alpine touring boot could be the perfect blend of weight, price, and skiability. At just 125 grams (4.4oz) more than the Dy.N.A. EVO race boot, the PDG weighs in at only half the price. It features the same one-motion Ultra-Lock ski-walk buckle system that the Dynafit made popular on its race boots and recently on more general touring boots. Quick transitions are joined by fast descents, as you can actually ski with confidence on these lightweight boots. Changes for 2014/15 include a new liner, sole, and color.
New Custom Light liner shaves a few grams while wrapping your foot more evenly.
New blue EVO 2.0 sole blends expanded polyurethane and rubber into lightweight grip.
Fiberglass cuff offers surprisingly stiff support so you can drive your skis through turns.
A full 62 degrees of rotation in walk mode lets you take a more natural stride.
Ultra-Lock buckle system uses the buckle for changing modes, speeding transitions.
Patented Quick-Step binding inserts help your toes get locked in more easily.
Optional power straps add some muscle to the downhill (32g/1.1oz with screws).
Update 2016/17: The PDG gets a modest makeover with brighter colors and a beefier instep buckle. Dynafit also inserted Titantex fiber in the cuff to add a bit of stiffness and updated the liner. Net weight change is +20 grams (0.7oz) versus the amount listed.
I am trying to decide between the PDG and the TLT7 expedition, performance, or carbonio.
Stiffness is important to me, as I am long accustomed to skiing stiff Alpine boots, both on groomer and in sidecountry powder. I am a control freak on the descent. One time, I forgot to lock down my Scarpa Maestrale’s before descent, and I did not ski well without the control.
Can you please rank those 4 Dynafit boots in terms of stiffness? I like the sound of the lightweight PDG’s, but I am concerned they will be too soft for me on the descent.
Hi Lance, the Magico 171 pairs well with race boots like the PDG. While it's a capable ski that can be pushed with bigger boots, it's really fun with a more neutral stance and the subtle steering of a race boot. I ski it more often this way. You may consider mounting it a bit forward with the PDG depending on your usage, style, and binding choice.
Hi lance, with no other information I would recommend the same size. Please note the PDG breaks shells differently, meaning the 27.5 is also the 28. If you have a loose fit in the TLT7 the 27.0 may work better. Please visit our boot fitter for a thorough analysis.
I have the TLT7 and I hate them. The buckles freeze and you can't use them, the buckle cables break, the shells break, and the crampon adapters break (yes, I've broken all that in 20 days of touring on them.) I do, however, like the "expedition liner" and was wondering if any of the TLT6 or DPG or EVO have a traditional thick liner? I live in AK and need warmer boots.
Hi Derek, thanks for reaching out. It's a bummer that you've had such bad luck with the TLT7. The PDG and EVO will have thinner, race style liners than the TLT7. There was a TLT6 Mountain that came with a thicker liner that was designed to be a bit warmer. The TLT6 was discontinued though and finding that boot may be difficult at this point. I might suggest that you consider a Scarpa F1, given that it's stock Intuition liner is quite warm.
Hi, I would like to ask about sizing of PDGs in comparison to Scarpa Alien/Alien RS. Aliens (MP28) fits me well and Alien RS (MP29) even better. So what size should I go for with PDGs? I also would like to use insoles for my flat feet, will there be enough room or sizing up will be needed? Thank you very much, Lubo
Hi Lubo, if the 29 in the Alien RS fits you the best, I'd suggest you go with that same size in the PDG. The PDG has more internal volume than the Alien RS so it's likely that you'll be able to use insoles in it without additional upsizing.
Hey Teal! It depends on how the TLT6 and Mercury fit you, but combining that info with your street shoe size, I would recommend the 28.5/29 shell. One of our employees wears a 10.5 shoe and is in the 27.5/28 shell, by that theory a 28.5/29 would likely fit the best.
How does this boot compare to the DYNA evo? I currently have the older DyNA Carbon EVO with the split sole 2014 Maybe? and I was curious about how they would compare to the PDG in stiffness and sizing.
Hi Ben, sizing is the same and stiffness/skiability is likely stiffer/improved with the PDG. Any loss of stiffness from the cuff material would be counteracted by absence of a flex-zone in the forefoot and lack of slop (which has likely developed in your rivets and buckles).
I have just purchased the Dynafit PDG boots in size 23.5. I read on a review somewhere that is was better to get them small as the liner does stretch. I think the perfect fit would have been a 24 but it was not available. I returned the 24.5 as it seemed like it might be too large. My daughter told me that I should be able to just fit my fingers behind my heel when I put my foot in the shell without the liner and I had way more room than that. The 23.5 however are a bit tight. My toe just touches the end of the insole. Should I have the liners professionally fitted, or wait and try to find a 24? Thank you, Mary
Hi Mary, your toe just touching the end of the liner sounds like a good length fit. Skiing or a heat mold would break that in further. We're happy to walk you through a shell fit over the phone if you'd like as well. We can send you a 24.0, but note it's not materially different than the 23.5 after break-in.
I just wore Dynafit TLT7 size 28 and they worked incredibly well for me (perhaps a little too long, but just right width-wise and I have wide feet). What size Dynafit PDG should I get? My main concern is usually the width. Thanks!
Hi Anton, lengthwise you'd also be a 28. Width might be tight, it's a narrower boot than the TLT7 Performance. You may have to stretch or find a different model. Visit our boot fitter for a specific recommendation.
Hey Kristian. Yup, the 28.5 and 29 share the same shell. The liner did trim up a bit for the new model. The biggest difference is that the liner sits a bit lower around the front and both sides of your calf, yet maintains the same height in the back.
Hi. Looking for a new training boot in this weight class ~800 g What are the most narrow and low volume boot? The PDG or the the Syborg or other? The first gen TLT6 are ok for my foot, but a little too wide to be perfect.
Hey Erik, the PDG seems to feel a bit narrower in the forefoot than the Syborg does. However, the Syborg feels a bit narrower in the heel though. Why don't you fill out our Boot Fitter and we can talk a bit more in depth about the history of your boots and shape of you foot?
hey guys my TLT5s are actually 297 mm BSL not 287. So as far as i know they are size 27s. It looks like the BSL i want for PDG would be 299. Is that a 27.5/28 shell? it looks like a 27 in the PDG would be one size smaller. What size PDG do you recommend?
Hi Spindogg, aligning BSL isn't a great way to size a boot as it doesn't correlate well with internal length across models these days. Yes a 297 would be a 27 shell. It's possible you could get a performance fit in a 27 PDG since they are a bit wider. It might be short though, in which case you'd need a 27.5 and hope it isn't too sloppy. I'd give us a ring to walk through a shell fit on length with your current boots handy. 801-942-9084.
Hi, i'm looking to buy a light weight boot the old boots i'm skiing in are garmont mega-rides size 27.5, I wear a 10.5 in most shoes can you recommend a size in the dynafit pdg or the la sportiva syborg?
Looking at these as a new training boot. I am a perfect fit in La Sportiva Specter 25.5. My old boots for this purpose were Garmont Masterlites also a 25.5. I'd like room for a medium/ heavy sock for colder days (fit in my Specters but not the Masterlites). What do ya think? 25.5 or 26?
Hi Jason, ahh Masterlites! You should be good in the size 25.5 PDG.
Hi Jason, did you purchase the boots? in witch size? My girlfriend had TLT5s before and apparently there were 25.5 (in her Memory but she doesn't have them anymore), but we measured and her foot is 24cm long. She would like to buy the PDG but now she doesn't know what size to order now. What is your foot size?