An updated version of the Spectre 2.0, the Vega is La Sportiva's 4 buckle beef boot that has serious walkability for its class. Boasting a 60-degree range of motion, this downhill dynamo is ideal for long days in the mountains when you need mobility and support. Utilizing the same shape and shell characteristics as the Spectre, including the carbon-reinforced spine, the Vega has a ..
La Sportiva's Sparkle 2.0 boot was one of the best, but people were getting tired of spending their time at the trailhead buckling their boots while their partners were talking about what lines were to be skied. So, La Sportiva re-designed their premier free touring boot with a new color scheme, some serious upgrades, and a new name. The Vega is a climbing machine, keeping the mass..
The Maestrale RS is one of the bestselling backcountry ski boots of all time. Generally, the rule of thumb for a time-tested classic is to not modify it much. That is, unless you plan on making it lighter, increasing stiffness, and vastly improving the walking characteristics. Then of course it's a change approved by Skimo Co. The Maestrale RS 2.0 is another engineering marvel from..
For good reason, the Gea RS was one of the best-selling women’s alpine touring boots of all time. SCARPA gave the 2.0 version a substantial overhaul and it’s better than ever. Substantially increasing the cuff articulation and dropping enough weight to satisfy our cravings, SCARPA made the Gea RS 2.0 impossible to resist. Thanks to the strategically placed Grilamid/carbon frame tha..
If Dynafit made a Venn diagram of its (non-race) ski boot lineup, one circle would feature the beloved TLT8 Expedition boot, known for being lightweight, efficient, and capable of big days in the mountains. The other circle would be the Hoji Free 130 boot. These aggressive, huck-your-meat, stiff-as-a-2x4 boots have proven to be a delight for the freeriders who earn their turns (and..
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When center-punching a face at mach-speed, the benefits of a tall, stiff, and supportive boot are undeniable. Unfortunately, that usually means a boot that is too heavy, doesn’t walk well, and limits your range to faces that have already been centered-punched. Dynafit is now asking, “what if you could have it all?” The Hoji Pro Tour delivers impressive walking capabilities with a s..
The Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro could easily be overlooked due to its typical ski-boot-like appearance. It sports a four-buckle overlap design, rockered Vibram rubber sole, and ski/walk mechanism on the spine. Just a checklist beef boot with nothing to see here, right? Wrong! The Tour Pro is elegantly simple and refined to such a degree that this boot will become the elusive one-boo..
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Gear that enables you to perform how you want to without being unmanageably heavy is the ultimate end goal of every ski brand. While some folks classify themselves as dedicated backcountry fiends, many (if not most) skiers dart back and forth between the skintrack and the chairlift. For the lady skiers who split their time between the resort and the backcountry, Tecnica has the lig..
For the hard charging skier who regularly ventures into the sidecountry and the backcountry, the fine folks down at Dynafit have for you the Hoji Free, a quiver-of-one freeride touring boot that is compatible with both tech and some alpine bindings. If you plan to spend most of your time skiing out of backcountry trailheads, we recommend you either hit that preseason training progr..
For those of us looking for a more technically geared touring boot that helps us remain happy while skiing aggressively, the Dynafit Hoji Free 110 could be the slipper of your Cinderella story. The boot's construction uses less material than its Hoji predecessors, allowing for a lower flex capacity. With a lower flex rating this boot may appeal to aggressive skiers that are lighter..
If skiing massive backcountry lines, stomping landings, and etching figure elevens sounds like you, then we encourage you to read on. Following a tradition of excellence, Atomic filled the void in their backcountry boot selection with the show-stopping Hawx Ultra XTD 130. Touting an impressive 54° of smooth cuff articulation and Atomic’s Mimic Liner, the Hawx is a seriously impress..
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With the walking capabilities of two-buckle boots and the skiing chops of a full-blown alpine boot, the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 115 W is somewhat of a contradiction. Taking cues from both the streamlined Backland and Atomic’s alpine racing boots, the Hawx is a quiver of one for freeride touring. Combining Progressive Shell tech and the beefy Free/Lock 2.0 spine, the Hawx shines when ..
An update to the venerable Spectre boots is more than just color. But not much more. La Sportiva stiffened the boots by around 5% with strengthening ribs in the lower shell below the cuff. The impressive walk mode (for 4 buckle boots) stays the same and you get some bonus power transfer to your skis. The Italians had enough of boring black and decided to make the 2.0 with a signatu..