The Expedition version of the TLT7 features a Custom Ready liner that is warmer and takes up more space within the shell. This makes it a better fit for skinny-to-average width and cold feet. All feet will appreciate the toe fittings being moved closer to their natural pivot point. This fact, combined with the Snow-dynamic concept and Speed Nose make the “7” the most efficient climber yet in the TLT series. Turns out the ski down is pretty great too, with a simple fixed tongue system that locks into place with one motion of the new two-in-one UltraLock 3.0 closure system. The TLT7 Expedition is sophisticated enough to be incredibly simple.
- UltraLock 3.0 controls both buckles and the ski-walk mode switch in one spot.
- Speed Nose* makes every step more efficient with moved pivots and no toe bail.
- Lambda frame uses some carbon as a stiffener for both forward and lateral flex.
- Fixed tongue keeps the snow out, adds stiffness while skiing, yet walks well.
- Lower closure is micro-adjustable and has no clasp that gets banged on rocks.
- The shell is light and stiff Grilamid® and the cuff is infused with some carbon.
- MasterStep fittings are Dynafit's latest, super strong and easy to step-in.
- Snow-dynamic concept is a unique shape that helps cut drag in snow.
- Custom Ready liner is warm, moldable, and relatively stink-resistant.
- Comes with a quick-release power strap installed (not pictured).
* Note: The nose eliminates the traditional toe bail so a special adapter is needed for automatic crampons.
|Weight (pair)||2224g [27.5]|
||Grilamid shell, Grilamid + Carbon cuff|
||Formula Pomoca Climb|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Lightweight touring, mountaineering|
|Notes||New Master Step inserts for easier entry|
|Bottom Line||The climboosting lap master|
|Compare to other Touring Boots|
Questions & Reviews
Until very recently, my quiver of boots included these and the Scarpa Mastrale RS. I had about 30-40 days on these boots until they developed cracks in both shells and were replaced with the performance version.
The performance version is what I would recommend for larger or more aggressive skiers, however, the performance liner is only adequate for warmer weather and/or racing. The stock liner in the expedition TLT7s much more comfortable and warm for all but the harshest winter conditions. I replaced a near-paper-thin insole with a superfeet insole - great decision.
On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is "race" and 10 is "resort", these boots have a range of 3-5. The performance TLT7s have a range of 2-6. The better race score for the performance can be attributed to the lighter stock liner.
To combat the cable icing problem, which I've experienced a few inopportune times, I sprayed the cable with WD40 and then coated the cable sheath in thick bike grease. The grease makes the cuff of your liner pretty gross, but it has been effective in preventing the cable from icing up. WD40, or another waterproof lubricant, would probably be effective alone, but would likely need to be reapplied more often.
Everyone needs to pick boots based on their own fit preferences, but I found the toe box a bit narrow and punched to about 106mm on the exterior. The cracks that developed were not near where the punching occurred; i don't think the cracks are related to the punch.
One small issue I have, is that on multi-day trips the wire in the fastening system freezes to the coiled sheath. Has anyone figured out a good fix for this?
I was thinking about cutting the cable and adding my own instep buckle, as you suggest. Would you be interested in showing what your modification looks like and/or update how you feel about the mod after skiing with it for a bit?
Is there any difference between men and women models except buckle color?
On another note the rubber sole holds up extremely well, I literally wear mine for more than half the day most days, including running errands, driving, and going to the grocery store after skiing, and all that walking on concrete has literally done nothing to them.
Sorry to be harsh, but they really are just garbage and full of gimmicks.
Oh, and thanks for the quick shipping to AK. You guys run an amazing business.
I can say definitely say one thing about the TLT7 across the board though, given my admittedly limited hands-on experience so far: They are rad. I like them a lot and unless someone else can toe the line with a better offering, this will set the bar pretty high for the 1kg boot category.
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