Skimo Co

Dissatisfied with available options and tired of continually modifying alpine touring boots with mixed results, Key Equipment set out to create a purpose-built splitboarding boot that offered the best of both soft and hard boots. After many prototypes and extensive testing, Key Equipment is proud to introduce the Disruptive boot. Combining the damp and plush characteristics of a soft boot with the technical precision and responsiveness of a hard boot, Key Equipment is confident that the Disruptive is the best splitboarding boot out there for long days in the backcountry. As a testament to this, these are the boots Krister Kopala uses when tackling seriously big lines.

Sharing many characteristics of the boots we know and love here at Skimo Co., the Disruptive won't hold you back on big vertical days. It offers a large range of motion and low-friction cuff pivots, helping make short work on grueling ascents. The shell is designed to be laterally stiff, helping you keep pressure on the edges of your splitboard, thereby increasing grip on icy skintracks. On the down, Key Equipment has tuned the Disruptive to feel like a soft boot in a medium-stiff binding with a supportive ankle strap. The adjustable forward lean can easily be switched without tools and allows you to find your ideal stance.

Striving for longevity in their products, Key Equipment designed the Disruptive to be repairable and offers an array of parts aimed to keep your boots in service for many seasons of fun. This helps lessen the boot's impact while also allowing you to save money. This is a win-win if you ask us!

Designed for splitboarders that want the efficiency of a hard boot with the downhill feel of a soft boot, the Disruptive is a unique offering that is sure to elevate your backcountry experience.

  • Low-friction cuff pivots provide nearly frictionless cuff rotation, increasing efficiency on big days.
  • Lateral stiffness helps keep pressure on the edges while skinning, helping with traction while side-hilling.
  • Damp and progressive flex provides excellent downhill mannerisms.
  • Tool-free forward lean quick adjustment lets you adapt to the terrain as needed.
  • Replacement tongues and parts mean these boots will be with you for a long time.
  • Top part of the cuff is softer to reduce calf bite, increasing comfort on big days out.
  • Luxurious liner from Palau provides a truly custom fit.
  • 100% made in France for a quality build from start to finish.
convert to ounces
1370g [27.5]
Weight (pair) 2740g [27.5]
Buckles   2
Boot Sole Length   259mm [23.5/24]
269mm [24.5/25]
279mm [25.5/26]
289mm [26.5/27]
299mm [27.5/28]
309mm [28.5/29]
319mm [29.5/30]
329mm [30.5/31]
Binding Compatibility   Tech, Splitboard
Cuff Rotation   60°
Forward Lean(s)   74°-88° in 1-degree increments
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Grilamd
Liner   Palau
Sole   Skywalk
Skimo Co Says
Usage Big splitboarding days
Notes Built with downhill performance in mind
Bottom Line State of the art splitboarding hard boot
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Jane
Is 24.5 the smallest they make or the smallest you carry? I'm a size 7.5 women's so I think that's a 23.5 / 24 - I wear a 24.5 in the Atomic Backland, which is not working too well for me on the down/snowboard part of touring, stellar on the uptrack.
Answer from Rich
Hi Jane. Right now it's the smallest we carry. We are going to carry size 23.5/24 and are hoping to see those arrive in the next few weeks here. There is a possibility we might not see them until early fall, however. Let's cross our fingers!
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Question from Justin B
Are these Key Disruptive Boots 22/23 or 23/24?
Answer from jbo
Hi Justin, this boot is new for us in 23/24. No old stock.
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Question from Justin
I wear a size 9 would the 26.5 boot work? And how do the Key Distruptive boots cômpare to Atomic Backlands for hardbooting?
Answer from Emmett I
Hi Justin,

Shoot us an email at - we typically prefer to size hardboots based on either actual foot measurements or previous hardboot sizing.
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Question from Suzanne Kaplan
What is the best way to figure out sizing? I am a women's 9 or Euro 40
Answer from Emmett I
Hi Suzanne,

Street/soft boot shoe sizing doesn't always give the most exact hard boot sizing. Ideally, measure your foot - one easy way is to put a tape measure against a wall, and stand on it with your heel against the wall. In cm will give you your mondo size. Feel free to reach out to us at for fitting advice!
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Question from Emil
Never have worn ski boots before as a snowboarder. very interested in getting into hard boots as a splitboarder. I use size 10 soft boots. Would the 27.5 or 28.5 work?
Answer from Emmett I

Ideally we'd have you measure your foot, shoot us an email at But in general a 27.5 should be about right for a size 10 soft boot.
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Question from Sam
What is the last width for the 29.5 size? Thanks!
Answer from Jeff
Hi Sam! Considering the standard +2mm in width for every increase in shell size, the 29.5 should be ~105mm. Thanks!
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Clay (used product regularly)
Great for my wide feet! Amazing ride feel that is basically the same as a soft boot, and super efficient on the skin track. Love the fact that all parts can be replaced too. I’ve used for about 15 days and they’re holding up really well so far.
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Question from Arvin C
Hi, what is the last in mm for the 26.5/27 shell? Thanks.
Answer from Niko M
Hi Arvin! The last width for that shell size is 99 mm. Thanks!
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Question from Parker
Do you expect to get any more 25.5's in this season?
Answer from Lrow
Hey Parker, Key Equipment is sadly not expecting to have any more of the 25.5 size available this season.
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Question from Clay
Are these boots compatible with crampons?
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Clay, yes they will work with the usual automatic crampon systems available today.
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Question from Fes N
Just wondering how true to size these are as compared to an Atomic Backland in the same size.
Answer from Gabriel I
The shell sizes on the Disruptive are offset from the Backland (and most other boots) due to their Scarpa-esque shell breaks, e.g. it's a 25.5/26 Disruptive vs a 25/25.5 Backland. Both are true to mondo size, though. We'd be happy to find the best size for you, please reach out to us at for more details.
Answer from Fes N
I have a 27/27.5 Backland Pro. So would the sizing for a Disruptive be a 27.5?
Answer from Gabriel I
Likely yes, but it can also depend on where you land on the shell break.
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Dan Gates (downright abused product)
I have the 1st Gen of these boots and stoked to see pick them up.

I have been splitboarding on hardboots since 2011 and can confirm these are the best it's ever been. Miles ahead of Phantom's boot in terms of ride feel, but there is a bit of a weight penalty for that. It's worth it and honestly not that big of deal, after all, we are snowboarding.

I have weird feet. Small, super high instep and prone to hotspots. The size 26 did surprising well for me out of the box without any custom work. I doubt I even heat molded the liners.

If you are on the fence about moving from the Phantoms, TLTs, or some other cobble job, just do it.
Reply from Shane K
What's the ride feel like? Does the cuff lock out or is there movement? Just curious because I switched to the link levers last year and like them a lot
Reply from Dan G
The ride is much better than link levers. Phantoms/backlands feel like a ski boot with a spring cuz that's what they are. It's not a bad ride, just very mechanical IMO.

These are much more damp and have a more progressive flex. The cuff doesn't "lock" in ski mode as it does on other boots, but does have a hard stop based on fwrd lean positioning on the heel side, and toe side is controlled by how tight you ratchet down the velcro.
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Question from Shaun Wilson
How is the width on these. I have short, wide hobbit feet. Been using super-punched TLT6,s for a few years but still get forefoot pain on longer days.
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Shaun, it's medium width, not particularly wide or narrow. Probably about the same out of the box width as a TLT6, but with a bit more instep height.
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Question from Erik Brockhoff
When do you anticipate having these in-store? I'm stoked you guys picked these up. Being able to try them on was something preventing me from purchasing.
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Erik, yes we will have them in the store! When they're in stock on the website they will also be here.
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Question from Zuhair Lateef
Are these the 22/23 or 23/24 edition? Disruptive website has a different weight for size 26 posted for their 23/24 version.
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Zuhair,

We are expecting to receive the 23/24 model year in these boots. When we actually receive the boots we will weigh them as we do with all our gear, and list verified specs. Our current weight does appear to be slightly different from their website. Not quite sure where it came from, but we will post verified weights as soon as possible!
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