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Dynafit Ridge Pro Boot

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While many boot manufacturers proudly stamp "130" on the side of their touring boots, it is no secret that many of these fall short of their alpine brethren that sport a similar number. With the Ridge Pro boot, Dynafit talks the talk and skins the skin track by providing a boot with exceptional walking mannerisms and burly downhill performance. At the heart of the Ridge Pro is the Hoji Walk mechanism, developed by Eric Hjorleifson himself, which virtually eliminates any cuff play that is found in many of its competitors. When combined with the carbon-reinforced cuff, the Ridge Pro offers a stout descending platform that can easily drive many skis through variable conditions. As with all boots equipped with the Hoji Walk mechanism, the Ridge Pro is quick to transition, making you the envy of your friends with clunkier, four-buckle boots. Featuring a novel Floating Tongue design, the Ridge Pro boasts an excellent range of motion that makes big days feel less big and more fun. Finally, the Ridge Pro uses the tried and true Dynafit Twistfit closure system that conforms to a variety of insteps, allowing you to achieve your ideal fit. Whether the day calls for charging a single lap before work or doing a 10K day, the Ridge Pro is always up for the adventure.

  • Hoji Walk Mechanism allows for quick transitions and virtually eliminates any cuff play.
  • Floating Tongue provides a frictionless range of motion, allowing you to move easily on a big day out.
  • Twistfit closure system provides a secure and customizable fit atop the foot.
  • Vibram sole offers secure traction on slippery surfaces.
  • Perhaps the best ratio of uphill and downhill performance we have seen to date.

Specifications
Weight
convert to ounces
1350g [27.5]
Weight (pair) 2700g [27.5]
Buckles   2 w/Twistfit
Boot Sole Length   287mm [26/26.5]
297mm [27/27.5]
307mm [28/28.5]
Binding Compatibility   Tech
Cuff Rotation   70°
Forward Lean(s)   12°, 15°
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials   Grilamid, carbon-fibers
Liner   Dynafitter 5
Sole   Vibram
Skimo Co Says
Usage Everywhere
Notes Hoji lock system eliminates cuff play for confident descending
Bottom Line Sets a new benchmark for touring boots
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Questions & Reviews

4/17/2024
Alex R-I (used product a few times)
 
Brief review after finally getting my hands on a pair of 26.5s (easier getting off Interpol’s red notice list than procuring these boots right now)

I think the weight of these boots is a red herring. Just as the weight of the Tecnica Zero G Pro Tour is a red herring. The ROM in the Ridge Pro’s is game changing for their ski performance. I’m having a hard time differentiating between them and the Radical Pros on good snow. The Tecnicas are crazy light (esp new 24/25) for the weight but are so limited in ROM and a nightmare to put on when cold.

I recently put in a few thousand kick turns on a trip to arctic Norway and wished I had a boot like the Ridge Pro with me. Long days skinning in the Radical Pro were miserable and my new Tecnica Zero G Peak Carbons were cold and struggled in poor quality snow.

I think the Ridge Pros as a bit of a goldilocks boot: while compromised in certain areas, they do just enough to take the place of two boots in my quiver.
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4/7/2024
Question from Michael M
 
Any word if these are compatible with the Fritschi Tecton?

I'd be mostly skiing these in lighter pin bindings, but I have 1 heavier setup mounted with Tectons and wondering if these would be compatible.

Thank you.
4/8/2024
Answer from Gabriel I
 
Hi Michael, no issue with the Tectons, just tried this combination out in the shop.
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4/4/2024
Anthony O (used product a few times)
 
i skied the ridge about 4 days. i think the stiffness and floating tongue and amount of throw on the hoji lock make the boot a large improvement over the hoji family. its a great boot that walks excellently. However i found the ramp angle and lean to feel larger than on the radical series and couldnt get along with it. I also found the material very hard to punch and just couldnt get a good fit in general. For those that it fits, enjoy! Docking a star because although the liner quality is improved it is still not as quality as intuition made liners, and somewhat docking because its a notably different fit than what dynafit has been doing in both stance and other metrics and how the boot will ski is highly dependent on setting the floating tongue properly by pulling it back. Most boots these days come with adjustable forward lean and i think the ridge would benefit from that to accommodate different stances. and although the frothers are calling it category breaking, it isnt. mine weighed just over 1400g. Less than 100g difference that the scarpa quattro and even closer to maestrale rs, both of which are just as powerful and certainly more in the case of the quattro. and both of which have adjustable lean to accommodate different stances, better liners, are very easy to punch, and dont use boa. where the ridge wins is the hoji lock which now has more throw so it actually loosens enough to not readjust the power strap for walk mode. so by flipping the single lock and middle its ready to go. i skied 189 113 1800g skis with it and it was starting to get overpowered. but for typical touring skis, shorter and more like 1300-1500 it is plenty.
4/12/2024
Reply from Ethan A
 
@Anthony how would it compare to the current Tecnica Zero G Pro Tour Boot in terms of support for driving for wider or heavier skis? The Tecnica is as much power I need for my size and skiing style.
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3/20/2024
Question from Douglas M
 
What is the "internal BSL" of a 25/26/27? I'm basically trying to get a shell fit here--I'm measuring my foot's length and by "internal BSL" I'm asking how much room is inside the shell plastic for my foot to actually take up?
3/20/2024
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Douglas, ski boot mondo size refers to its internal length in centimeters. Of course, there is a lot more that goes into a good fit, so we recommend visiting our online boot fitter to dive in further.
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3/15/2024
Question from Brett
 
How do you think these will take a punch? Specifically big toe for length and on the lateral midfoot area (base of 5th met).
3/15/2024
Answer from Carlos M
 
Hi Brett,

It can be punched, but not a lot - it is a carbon-infused grilamid which is pretty resistant to punching. It would be fairly difficult to get length out of it, and many boot fitters wouldn't want to attempt it. You should be able to get some mid-foot width, but not a ton.
3/16/2024
Answer from Anthony O
 
I've punched it. It's very hard. requires pretty high heat and you won't get much, esp depending on the specific area. Id say basically zero for length. Lateral you can make a reasonable change though.
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2/14/2024
Question from Dan
 
Do you know the BSL for the 28? Thank you!
2/14/2024
Answer from Carlos M
 
Hi Dan,

Unfortunately, we don't have a 28 at the moment to check, and Dynafit does not appear to have published it. But we will be sure to publish verified specs once we receive a full size run of these boots!
2/15/2024
Answer from Brandon F
 
Size 28. 307mm. Fit is true to size.
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2/11/2024
Question from Eric S
 
Given that my favorite-fitting boot of all time is the TLT5, what do you think? I understand this is a wider boot, but the way it cinches down sounds promising. Thoughts?
2/14/2024
Answer from Carlos M
 
Hi Eric,

If the TLT 5 was a great fit for you, I think the Ridge would be too wide. The floating tongue does do a good job of reducing vertical volume over the foot, but it will not change the width so your foot will still be able to slop side to side. Having a narrower foot, I don't think I could make the Ridge work, having tried it on - although I wish I could because it is a sweet boot.
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2/8/2024
Christof N (used product a few times)
 
Finally back from my jet-setting and was able to get on these this week. In one take: I am 90% sure I've finally found my Scarpa F1 replacement. Walks and skis better at an identical weight.

Shell plus liner came in at 1250g in a 26.5, which is almost identical to my size 26.5/27.0 Scarpa F1. The shell itself is just a few grams heavier than the F1 shell, but Dynafit definitely didn't skimp on the liner to make weight. It has enough to it that a good heat mold with your bootfitter is worthwhile in my opinion, especially if you have some persistent foot issues like myself.

I have a moderately wide foot, biut it's my high arch and instep that usually is the dealbreaker with many low volume boots like some of the Sportivas, etc. I ski the Radical Pro and compared to that the Ridge is definiely not as super wide, but still accommodates a wider forefoot. Instep volume is also a little lower than the Radical, but I was able to simply add a pad on my instep before heat molding the liner and it made just enough space that I find the fit very comfortable.

This is one of the great features of this boot in my opinion. The way the floating tongue works it kind of "auto adjusts" when you lock the ankle buckle and adapts to a wide range of foot volumes. The boa closure on the lower seems to really "wrap" things together as well as opposed to just "cinching down" so again, I feel like this boot will work with a range of footshapes.

Heel pocket seems to be normal. I must have somewhat of a narrow heel as even with my high instep often times I find my heel wanting to lift in some boots. Again, after a good liner mold I feel like my heel is well secured.

Uphill: Walks better than the radical, and is an improvement over the Scarpa F1 as well. Hoji-locks are so great cause the shell almost falls apart open when its in walk mode and the range of motion is very free. Again compared to the Scarpa F1, I feel like you notice less of the tongue in the Ridge than in the F1 when in walk mode. I felt like my skis were lighter touring in the Ridges vs. my F1s which to me says the Ridge Pro has a more efficient stride/less friction in the walk mode.

Ski performance: Outstanding. Man, I love me a good hoji-lock. In my opinion one of the few "non gimmick" features in snow sports equipment. Just like in the Radical, in ski mode there is a noticeable absence of the little "play" you get in touring boots, even stiff ones, from the spine-lever style lock mechanisms. This translates to a feel on the downhill much closer to the progressive flex of a traditional alpine boot. In the F1, which I think skis very good, I could still kind of feel where the flex of the tongue and liner ended and the spine-lock took over on the flex. On the ridge there is much more of a seamless or even flex pattern. The Ridge is very stiff, but not in a "hit a brick wall" way. Again, the way the cuff locks up with the lower internally and not just with a lever makes it feel more solid in my opinion. I have skied this boot with 105mm waisted skis in the 1300-1450g weight range and it is plenty of boot to really charge, not just make wiggly turns. I want to pair them up next with my 110mm 1550g powder skis as my feeling is they can handle even more (go find the youtube of Hoji dropping an insane line on one of the Ridge Prototypes:)

And lastly what I love most about Hoji-locks: transitions. When you lift the rear lever it not only unlocks the cuff into walk mode but releases just the right amount of tension on the powerstrap. I buckle up the boot in the parking lot like I'm going to ski and then just flip up the rear lever and open the ankle buckle to start touring. On the radical I can actually leave the second buckle strap locked on the uphill as it sits lower just above the instep. On the Radical the buckle strap is higher up which I think gives it a little more "oomph" since there is no upper buckle, just a power strap. This means that yes, transitions are a two step instead of single step maneuver, but you're still eliminating any "fiddling" with power straps, buckle catches, etc. Just snap, snap, and you're skiing. I was able to leave the boa cinched snug the whole time up and down, and usually just snug it up a little more at some point once my foot starts sweating and the liner loosens up a bit.

So there you have it. I really think this could be the gold standard right now in the 1250g weight class. I picked up the Atomic Backland XTD (1350g shell and liner in 26.5) at the beginning of the season wanting something lighter than my Radical Pro but skiing stronger than my F1, and it fit the bill, but I'm wondering if this Ridge even skis stronger than the Backland.
2/10/2024
Reply from Alexander R
 
As a huge fan of the Radical Pro and the Hoji lock system, this is the review I've been waiting for. Now if only I can find a 26.5 somewhere...
2/12/2024
Reply from Aaron S
 
How would you compare the fit and ski performance of the Ridge Pro and Backland XTDs? I just picked up the Backlands though really wanted to try the Ridge Pro as well.
2/20/2024
Reply from will g
 
Christof, Are you skiing the same size shell in your radicals?
2/20/2024
Reply from Christof N
 
@Aaron S the fit in the backlands is much higher volume. At 100 grams heavier it’s almost in another class of boot as well. I think with wider heavier skis you will feel more power from the XTDs vs the Ridge just as a matter of mass. The XTDs are softer flexing in my opinion. I need to do some more back and forth comparison but I think the Ridge might be the better performing boot in most applications.
2/20/2024
Reply from Christof N
 
@will g I ski both the Radical and Ridge Pro in 26.5, and I think most people would size them the same between boots.
4/14/2024
Reply from Michael C
 
Hi Christof - how would you compare the width feel and the heel security of the Ridge Pro and Backland XTDs? I found the XTDs to feel wider than their specified 100mm last.
4/17/2024
Reply from Christof N
 
@Michael C Width is definitely not voluminous as the Backland XTD, which fits like a cozy pair of uggs. As far as heel comparison, maybe they seem similar? I don’t really recall either one being overly tight or loose.
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2/4/2024
Question from Chris G
 
These boots look really exciting. What does the cuff anatomy look like? Is it still just 2 pieces of overlapping plastic or is the floating tongue part of a 3rd piece of plastic that you can push against on the downhill like burlier boots (Dynafit Radical)? Love the innovation here regardless.
2/9/2024
Answer from Carlos M
 
Hi Chris,

It is a third piece, it has a proper tongue in addition to the two flaps on the sides. So it is more of a cabrio/tongue-style boot like the Radical Pro. And the rear part of the cuff looks a lot like the Radical Pro internally, with the Hoji Lock mechanism. However, the tongue "floats" on a track that allows it to slide back and forth as you walk, as well as position it exactly where you want it to take up or increase volume in the forefoot. So it is a pretty unique system that promises a lot of advantages!
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1/20/2024
Question from Barry B
 
The lower boot construction looks suspiciously TLT6 like (or I could be seeing what I want to see). Any chance fit is similar?
1/22/2024
Answer from Jeff
 
Sorry Barry, they are not reused TLT6 shells. All new and they are a wider fit then those.
2/6/2024
Answer from Kyle J
 
For what it's worth,

Hoji does say that "the TLT 5 and 6 were the examples for the last on the ridge" and that "the last volumes are based on the TLT series"
2/7/2024
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Kyle, thanks for the comment. Interesting statement from Hoji seeing as the TLT series has had significantly differing fits over the various models; the 5 & 6 were not the same. I would say the fit of the Ridge is closer to the TLT6 than the TLT8 or Radical Pro, however.
2/7/2024
Answer from Kyle J
 
Not sure I can add more than one photo at a time, here are the screenshots from Hoji
2/7/2024
Answer from Kyle J
 
Second screen shot for posterity.
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1/20/2024
Question from John
 
Any idea on when preorders will ship?
1/22/2024
Answer from Jeff
 
John, Sorry, no update.
It is an all new model, pre release, delays are can be expected.
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1/14/2024
Question from Fede
 
Is the shell heat moldable or at least able to be punched?
1/15/2024
Answer from Carlos M
 
Hi Fede,

The shell is not heat moldable, but we should be able to punch it in places. How much exactly is yet to be determined as we have not gotten to work on one yet.
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1/10/2024
Question from Mike V
 
Is there anything different between the half sizes? i.e 28/28.5?
1/10/2024
Answer from Niko M
 
Hi Mike! There is not any notable differences between the half sizes. Thanks!
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12/27/2023
Question from Jaco
 
Hello, what will be the weight fir the size 28 ? Lenght?
Thank you
12/28/2023
Answer from Gabriel I
 
Hi Jaco, we'll be able to measure these boots when we get them in! Hopefully sometime in January.
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12/20/2023
Question from Jake S
 
Do you guys know what the BSL is for a 26/26.5?
12/21/2023
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Jake, they are 287mm in that shell size.
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12/13/2023
Question from Andrew
 
Trying to decide between this and the radical pro... my assumption is the Ridge will climb better, but the Radical will ski better? (better to me means stiffer and feels closer to an alpine boot)? Is that accurate?
12/13/2023
Answer from Emmett I
 
Andrew,

Yep, spot on. The Ridge Pro has better range of motion and is lighter, while the Rad Pro is a true beef boot. Worth noting that they fit fairly differently, the Rad Pro is much wider/higher volume. Feel free to shoot us an email at help@skimo.co or fill out our boot fitter form and we can get you more personalized recommendations!
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12/10/2023
Question from Carter Hudson
 
Can you verify the weight of a 26.5 or 27.5? The radical pro upon release made a claim of 1380 grams in a 26.5 only to come in over 100 grams heavier.
12/11/2023
Answer from Gabriel I
 
Hi Carter, our pre-production size 26.5 weighs 1255g. Shells are 1055g and liners are 200g, no insoles.
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12/9/2023
Question from Joe C
 
Very interested in these boots and will probably drop by once they're in stock. Is the fit similar to that of the Radical Pro? I ask because that's probably been the best fitting boot I've ever had - like I walked 13 miles in them in a day with no issue kind of good fit.
12/9/2023
Answer from Carlos M
 
Hi Joe,

They are on the medium-wider side, but not as wide and high volume as the Radical Pro. However, they have a very cool floating tongue design that will allow the volume to adapt well to various different feet. It would be worth trying them on if you fit into one of the sizes that we are expecting.
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12/9/2023
Question from Klaus
 
What boots would you say this is comparable to so far given your testing? Is it more of a Backland XTD/Skorpius or something like an F1?

Similar to fit, what's it feel like?
12/9/2023
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Klaus, the phrase 'category buster' is gaining momentum around here. The closest competitor in ski + walk performance is the Skorpius, which is a different fit. The Ridge Pro is *stiff*, potentially too stiff for some. There will be a non-pro version next season that is a touch softer, but just a touch.
12/24/2023
Answer from Zak
 
Hey jbo, can you speak to how the Ridge fits differently than the Skorpius? I owned the Skorpius, but never quite got it to work for my feet.
2/5/2024
Answer from Aaron S
 
Following up here...how does the fit differ from the Backland XTD and Skorpius?
2/5/2024
Answer from Emmett I
 
Hi Aaron,

The Ridge is higher volume than the Skorpius, and wider in the heel/midfoot. It is more similar to the Backland XTD, which is a wider and higher volume boot. But the floating tongue does allow you to decrease the volume a little more effectively than on the Backland. So I think it could accommodate a wider range of feet on the lower end.
2/18/2024
Answer from Andrew B
 
Any word on uphill comfort vs. the Skorpius II? I've put in 4 months on those boots, and I absolutely love the weight/downhill performance ratio, but I'm hesitant to bring them to some Alaska Range climbing due to the instep being tight (worried about circulation and frostbite).
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12/8/2023
Question from Justin
 
Have you guys actually been able to try these on? Do you know what the fit is like? Hopefully lower volume than the radicals? Will you be getting 25s as well?
12/8/2023
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Justin, yes we have a couple pair for testing. Not quite as big as the Radicals; it has a slick system for reducing volume...the whole tongue can slide inward with the ankle strap and down with the Twistfit. Should accommodate a lot of feet. Sadly only 26-28 are coming this season.
12/8/2023
Answer from justin w
 
What about the heel and ankle in particular? I often size down to a 25 and the stretch out the big toe and width along the 5th met just to get snug enough in the heel and ankle
12/9/2023
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Justin, these aren't particularly narrow in the heel. You might be a candidate for the patriot liner sleeves.
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