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Dynafit TLT7 Performance Boot

$899.00 $499.94

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The legendary TLT has earned a higher number. While it’s a mathematical axiom that 7 > 6, in terms of weight the opposite is true. Dynafit moved away from the removable tongue system towards a streamlined design that sheds a couple hundred grams per boot. They also further enhanced the uphill efficiency by moving the toe fittings closer to the ball of your foot (the natural pivot point). The result is a simpler A/T boot that skis well and flies uphill. The legend continues.

  • UltraLock 3.0 combines both buckles and the ski/walk mode switch for lightning fast transitions.
  • Titantex fiber cuff is a titanium-infused glass that takes makes an affordable top-end boot.
  • MasterStep fittings make step-in even easier and are more securely integrated into the shell.
  • Lower closure is wired to an inner switch on the upper buckle and won’t pop open while booting.
  • Speed Nose* is a shorter toe box that makes each stride even more efficient while skinning.
  • Titantex lambda frame stiffens the cuff relative to the lower shell, as an angled support wing.
  • Snow-dynamic design is streamlined to slide through powder and avoid lateral obstructions.
  • Grilamid® lower shell is still the best combination of weight and rigidity, and can be punched.
  • Custom Light liner is flexible on the ascent and can be heat molded to your foot shape.
  • Comes with an option quick-release power strap to make the boot more responsive.

* Note: The nose eliminates the traditional toe bail so a special adapter is needed for automatic crampons.

Specifications
Weight
convert to ounces
1011g [27.5]
Weight (pair) 2022g [27.5]
Buckles Two-in-one
Boot Sole Length 273mm [25/25.5]
283mm [26/26.5]
293mm [27/27.5]
303mm [28/28.5]
313mm [29/29.5]
323mm [30/30.5]
Binding Compatibility Tech only
Cuff Rotation 60°
Forward Lean(s) 15°, 18°
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials Grilamid shell, Titantex cuff
Liner Custom Light
Sole Formula Pomoca Climb
Skimo Co Says
Usage Lightweight touring, mountaineering
Notes New Master Step inserts for easier entry
Bottom Line One-kilo holy grail
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Questions & Reviews

4/22/2020
Question from Scott A
 
Although this model is out of production, has wire/buckle vulnerabilities, and it is not as stiff as the Carbonio versions of TLT 7 & 8, is it still warrantied by Dynafit?
Is it the same lower shell as the TLT 8’s?
4/22/2020
Answer from TSB
 
Hey Scott, the TLT7 definitely still falls under warranty with Dynafit for the original owner, so you can have confidence in that! The lower shell and last is very similar to the TLT8 and should have a similar, though not identical feel to the TLT8 Carbonio.
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4/11/2020
Question from Dana D
 
Hi,
My boyfriend has these boots, he bought them here. We've love them! I have the same pair too. My boyfriend did have the unfortunate problem that a little black plastic piece broke. This piece is attached to the grey boot, and the cable goes into it by the clasp on the upper part of the boot. In the picture I sent, it's in the middle of the picture.
Can you make suggestions what to do to get this repaired.
Thanks,
Dana
4/13/2020
Answer from Brett S
 
Hey Dana, we are glad you both are digging the boots! Unfortunately, that little piece requires replacing the entire buckle (since it is an entire unit). The buckle can be viewed here. This is a pretty involved process to replace, which requires taking the entire cuff and all of the rivets that hold the cuff together. With that being said, if you feel this is a warranty issue, please shoot us an email at help@skimo.co (please include pictures and a description of how it broke) so we can get you taken care of!
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1/4/2020
Oakley (used product regularly)
 
Performance that hits WAY above its weight class. Speed nose may sound like a gimmick but makes for noticeably more natural movement. Quick transitions compared to traditional boots with 3+ buckles. Internal cable system can freeze easily.

My quiver of boots includes these and the Scarpa Mastrale RS. I have about 10 days on these boots after skiing the expedition version for two prior seasons (30-40 days). The expedition versions developed cracks and were replaced with this 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. For general use, I'd recommend replacing the performance liner with either an intuition liner or the liner from expedition version (my current setup). Note that intuition pro tour liner will be come up higher than the boot cuff. I also replaced a near-paper-thin insole with a superfeet insole - great decision.

The carbon additions to this performance boot over the expeditions make a huge difference in stiffness of the boot. Surprisingly, they feel even more progressive than their cheaper, grilamid-only counterpart. On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is "race" and 10 is "resort", these boots have a range of 2-6. The expeditions have a range of 3-5.

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. So far so good.
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1/8/2019
Question from Zach
 
Do you carry the replacement steel cable that runs internally though the calf shaft to lock the boot into walk mode? I had one snap on me day 2 in the boots. Probably covered under warranty but I’m looking to get back into them as soon as possible. Thank you.
1/8/2019
Answer from Nate
 
Hi Zach, unfortunately, that repair has to be done by Dynafit. The cuff rivets must be removed to install the replacement and then reinstalled and it requires a special rivet press to do so. Let us know if we can help you set up a warranty claim.
1/25/2019
Answer from Jake K
 
My wife and I both have these boots, and within two weeks of each other one of the steel cables on each pair of boots has snapped. Her pair probably had ~65 days of skiing on them and maybe ~80 days for mine. Dynafit is making the repairs, but it takes a while because according to them they basically have the take the entire upper of the boot apart to replace the cable. I'm a little worried about what this means for the non-broken boot in each set.
1/25/2019
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Zach and Jake, this seems to be an issue for folks with low insteps as they are relying on the lower buckle to secure the foot. We're you fitted for these boots?
1/26/2019
Answer from Zach L
 
I just received my boot back from Dynafit. It took about a week for me to receive the boot back once Dynafit got the package. I was not specifically sized for them by a professional, per se, but the size (29.5) fit the best for my foot. (snug heel with enough toe room, a size down would be a little cramped in the toe box). Although I do not have a low or even high instep, I do find myself relying on the lower buckle as "jbo" mentioned.
1/26/2019
Answer from Jake K
 
I'm in the same boat as Zach - they feel like a good fit, but I wasn't professionally fitted. Good to know that might be the issue. Otherwise I absolutely love these boots.
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2/23/2018
Jeff H (used product a few times)
 
Since there has not been a review on these I thought I would add one. I have 13 days on these boots and I really like them. If I could give 4.5 stars I would. Nice and light. I'm glad not to be fiddling with my old tlt5 removable tongues. The extra forefoot room compared to the tlt5 is great. And these boots drive my 100mm Fischer hannibals just fine (within reason; I don't use them at the resort). Two tiny nit picks that I am still figuring out which keep me from the full 5 stars. 1.) while I like the extra forefoot room, I'm not a huge fan of the extra ankle room (even after a quality liner bake). To keep my heal from rubbing I have to fiddle with the instep cable more than I would prefer. 2.) perhaps it is my imagination but this boot seems to ski better with the powerestrap. Ordinarily I don't like fiddling with powerstraps. Ideally I would just like to throw the lever and go with an even quicker transition but I am adjusting to both of those minor fiddles.
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2/8/2018
Question from Billc
 
How does the Performance compare with the Expedition in terms of downhill? I understand the performance is both lighter and stiffer, and so is it perhaps also a more capable downhill boot?

I am planning on skiing on firm to icy conditions with the Dynafit Tour 96. Would the Performance be a sufficient boot for holding an edge or should I think of a more all-around boot like the Scarpa Maetrale RS?
Thanks for any thoughts!
2/9/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Billc, they aren't too different in terms of downhill capability. The Performance is a bit stiffer but the Expedition has a thicker liner which adds to the support. Either boot could handle the Tour 96 without a problem for most skiers. If you're huge and trying to bend the ski to turn it, you may be underwhelmed.
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1/8/2018
Question from BJT
 
Hello!

I've heard this boot may have compatibility issues with some tech bindings - do you know if it will work with the G3 Ion 12 and the La Sportiva RT?

Thanks!
1/8/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Hi BJT, no problem with those! The sevens work with just about everything except for some Fritschi bindings.
1/8/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey BJT! The TLT7 has compatibility issues with a few bindings, but almost all of them are the burlier bindings like the Fritschi Tecton/Vipec, etc. The rest of the lighter tech bindings like the RT and ION 12 shouldn't have any issues though! Just to be sure I tested the TLT7 Performance in the ION 12 and couldn't find any issues and same with the Hagan Core, which has a very similar toe piece to the RT.
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11/20/2017
Question from Anders
 
Hi, I have been thinking about getting these boots. 27.5 are great but too short. On the other hand, 28.5 feel quite sloppy. How much is it possible to punch of the shell lengthwise if I would get the smaller pair?
11/20/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Anders, depending on your shell fit, the 'too short' boot might be taken care of with a liner mold. If not, it is possible (and not too hard) to punch the shell a bit lengthwise.
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9/23/2017
Question from Jeremy G
 
The widest part of my foot is roughly around the "Y" in the dynafit logo on the outside of the right boot. After a few hours in the boot this gets squeezed pretty good. Do you think I could successfully punch this out, being below the Lamda frame? Thanks.
9/25/2017
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Good eye. The Carbon Y Frame extends a bit beyond the actual carbon panel displayed on the boot, so there's even less room than it looks like you have to work with, but we have successfully punched below it before. If you end up getting the Powertrack liner, you may have to go through a less-than-pleasant heat molding process with foam on the part of your foot that you mentioned to get the excessive pressure to go away before it becomes an issue. Time will tell!
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9/21/2017
Question from Jeremy G
 
I skied a pair of these last year and overall am pretty happy. They fit pretty well in the length and width but are a bit too high volume. I was thinking of replacing the liners this season with something a tad thicker, stiffer and taller. Any recommendations?
9/22/2017
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Jeremy, thanks for reaching out! Glad you like the boots! The Intuition Pro Tour would definitely suck up the most volume. It also would offer some extra height and stiffness (most notably in the tongue). That being said, there'd be a direct tradeoff between the walking performance and descending "upgrade" you'd experience. Maybe a more appropriate liner choice though would be the Palau Powertrack 10 liner. It's designed around slightly heavier boots (think Scarpa Maestrale, Sportiva Spectre, etc) but it walks well enough that it's definitely a suitable replacement for a lighter boot like this, particularly if you are experiencing volume issues.
9/23/2017
Answer from Jeremy G
 
Thanks for the reply Mr. Leches. I was thinking about the powertrack liners, thanks for the advice. One more question then: sizing. I've got the TLT7s in 28.5. Which size Palau's should I get? And also, when heat molded, should they compress enough in the tight spots and expand enough in the loose spots? I don't have much extra space in the length or width of the boot; I'm mostly trying to suck up volume around the ankle, lower leg and on top of my instep. Thanks again.
9/25/2017
Answer from Trace Leches
 
The Powertrack 10 comes in a 28.5, so I'd just go for that. You got it, the liners will expand a bit (effectively lowering the overall volume of the boot) and then compress around your foot during the heat molding process, which is where the custom fitting magic happens. Length or width in the liners is less of an issue to take care of than the other areas you mentioned, so I think it'll all work out eventually, but it may take a liner mold plus a generous amount of skiing (my Palau liners took a heat mold plus 20 days to really break in). Looks like you're obligated to 20+ more days of skiing now! ;) The height over your instep could also be solved with a boot board under your liner, but that has a lot more potential to mess with the fit in a negative way than replacing the liner does, so let's start with the liner and we can go from there.
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5/7/2017
Question from John
 
Hi, Are these boots compatible with the Marker Kingpin Bindings?
Thank you.
John
5/7/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi John, unfortunately not, sorry.
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1/12/2017
Question from Darren
 
How do the half sizes work on these? For example is the shell for 27 and 27.5 the same with different liner or is it true half sizes?
1/12/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Darren, yes the 27 and 27.5 are the same shell with just a slight liner/insole difference.
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1/10/2017
Question from Steve S
 
does the boot come with the crampon adapter, if not does skimo carry it?
1/10/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Steve, the adapter is sold separately. We'll be carrying it as soon as it's available, which shouldn't be too far off.
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1/8/2017
Question from nicholas j
 
How would these boots do with a wailer 112 with the tour 1 layup?
1/8/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Nicholas, they are a decent match. Neither has top-end freeride performance but they sure are a lot of fun touring.
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1/1/2017
Question from Bnb
 
Hi, is the color black/yellow or silver yellow?
1/2/2017
Answer from Nate
 
The color of this boot is silver and yellow. The stock imagery did not capture the true color well. Here's a photo of this boot on the Skimo.Co retail wall...
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12/28/2016
Question from HP1
 
Are these, or any boot in this class, big enough to ski the Dynafit Meteorite?
12/28/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi HP1, it depends on your skiing style. You can certainly do balanced skiing from the ankle, but you likely won't be able to drive it off the front of the TLT7. Send us an e-mail for a personal review.
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12/6/2016
Question from Matti
 
How do these compare to stiffness with dynafit mercury? Mercury is stated as 110 and these are 115?
12/6/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Matti, Dynafit doesn't state a flex rating (that number is mostly made up). It feels about as stiff as a Mercury.
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12/2/2016
Question from jeff
 
Hi Jason - I currently have a pair of TLT5s (27) and race bindings (not adjustable). Is the effective boot sole length on the TLT7 different enough from the 5s that it would be possible to just redrill? Or would the holes be too close together so I would have to buy an adjustment plate instead? Thanks!
12/2/2016
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Jeff. The difference is small enough that the holes would end up overlapping. To be safe, I'd get an adjustment plate.
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10/28/2016
Question from Forest Dramis
 
Hi Jason, just wondering if you've had a chance to get these on snow and what you thought. I'm always a little leary of first year runs.

Thanks!
Forest
10/29/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Forest, I got to ski these one day last spring (there were only 2 demo boots in the country, both the Performance version). Pretty impressive for a 1kg boot. The uphill was awesome, and the skiing is pretty close to the TLT6 with the tongue (and it might get there with the addition of the power straps which my boots didn't have). The UltraLock system is well proven at this point, though the connection to the instep cable is a new twist that seems to work great but is hard to predict long-term durability.
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9/4/2016
Question from Anthony Orkiolla
 
Did it get wider than the 6?
9/4/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Anthony, it depends on exactly which models you're comparing (mountain, expedition, green or black performance) since the liners and shells have varied. The TLT7 performance feels a touch wider with more toe height as compared to the widest TLT6 (black performance).
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