La Sportiva is turning things upside down. This time, we are talking about ski walk/mode levers. The new Speedfire™ closure system incorporates a rear lever that latches at the top instead of the more-familiar bottom where it can become packed with snow when booting. The design goals remain the same as the original Spitfire: speed and performance. The former is accomplished through use of lightweight materials and one-motion transitions. The latter goal is met by incorporating carbon fiber reinforcements into the upper cuffs and stiff Ergal aluminum into the vertebrae. Sportiva also tacked on another goal: compatibility. The Spitfire 2.0 is the first boot to work with step-in frame bindings, Dynafit-style tech bindings, and also the unique TR2 binding from Ski Trab. The result of all these goals is a truly special ski boot that meets the needs of similarly goal-oriented mountaineers.
- WarmSole™ inserts are an extra barrier between you and snow, good enough for cold days.
- Dual-density LazerGrip™ soles are extra tough in the toe and heel where abuse is highest.
- SPEEDfire Closure System™ is a one-motion transition and cuff adjustment mechanism.
- Forward lean can be adjusted amongst three different settings by changing the lock latch.
- CRP Cuff™ is a carbon-reinforced polymer upper shell that offers a smooth-yet-stiff flex.
- 3S Insert™ offers compatibility with tech and TR2 bindings, while deep welts fit into step-ins.
- 2BT Tech Last™ is a lower shell mold that offers an improved fit while being tech-compatible.
- 2BT Tech Heel™ is a volume minimizing shape in the heel to help prevent blistering.
- Slightly-less-rockered sole fits more crampons but still provides easy walking on rock.
- Cuffs allow for 68° of ankle articulation so there is nothing impeding the longest of gaits.
- G-Shell™ lower is a Grilamid mold that is light, stiff, and resistant to low temperatures.
- EZ Flex™ is a Grilamid tongue with flex spots to provide unrestricting walking and good skiing.
- Optional spoiler (+22g) and power strap (+22g) included if you want more beef for the descent.
- Pegasus buckles have been incorporated from the Spectre that are easy to use and fine tune.
- Skimo liners are thermo-moldable Paulau® with EZ Flex ankles for good fit and movement.
- Borrowed from high-altitude mountaineering boots, a patented lacing system has double tension.
Update 2016/17: The Spitfire has a minor version number increase. The "2.1" has a re-designed upper buckle that makes it a bit easier to open and close. The rest of the boot remains awesome.
Update 2017/18: Sportiva updated the color scheme and re-worked the instep buckle with a toothed design.
|Weight (pair)||2260g |
|Boot Sole Length||277mm [25/25.5]
|Binding Compatibility||Tech, Frame, TR2|
|Forward Lean(s)||12°, 14°, 16°|
|Materials||Grilamid shell, PA12 nylon + carbon fiber cuff, Ergal lock lever, Pebax tongue|
|Sole||LazerGrip by Davos®|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||3-way binding compatibility|
|Bottom Line||Beautifully fast & performant|
|Compare to other Touring Boots|
Questions & Reviews
The boot’s ski/walk lever actually pivots around the fixed mounting point at the bottom, so that the top of the lever is what moves away from the boot in walk mode. Because of this, you shouldn’t have issues with the crampon lever and the boot lever interfering with each other.
The longer foot did better, I think if both my feet were 27.2 cm the 307 mm might have worked. YMMV.
Or on the half 26.5, 27.5? It seems like I am seeing a lot of half sizes available. So question being is a 27 the same shell as a 26.5 or a 27.5?
I'm sure there are a number of other facets of this boot that are working extremely well, so well in fact that my novice brain hasn't even noticed them. The Spitfires just seem to work well on the whole. I only give them four stars because there are a couple of odd features that could be ironed out.One is the interlocking of the strap and buckle and the wire gate which (I think) is meant to keep the strap from popping off when you switch to walk mode. This may have been fixed for the 2.1, but I find that gate to be pretty extraneous and non-functional. I bashed one on a tree during a particularly hairy losing-a-skin episode, and although it's easy to bend it back with a pair of pliers, was frustrated that the thing got in the way of transitioning until I took the time to bend it. My only other (admittedly minor) complaint was the forefoot buckle, which looks swanky and ultra-light but will also pop off when you switch into walk mode. That said, the screw mechanism is kind of genius, and will lock you down during steeper descents or loosen up for those long flat approaches.
Many thanks to JBo for a great recommendation. I'll be skiing on these for many years to come.
Also...I wanted to come back and add a fitting note to my review now that I've spent a bit more time skiing and trying on different race-weight/near-race-weight boots, and started splitting my tour time between the Spitfire 2.0s (sz. 31.0) and Scarpa Alien 0.0s (sz. 30.0). If I were to buy the Spitfire again with similar fitting intentions (more of a "performance" fit for races/day tours, no concern for expeditions or horrendously cold subzero conditions), I would definitely go down to a 30.0-30.5. The 30.0 Syborg doesn't even fit over my navicular bone, but with the slightly wider last of the Spitfire I'd recommend other prospective racers with >30.0 feet size down a bit from what they think, or else you'll get a bit more slippage out of the heel box/through the instep.
Have the upgrades addressed some of the issues from the first edition spitfire?
The stiffness on the downhill feels about even with my TLT 5 Carbon boots (with the tongue in) but significantly more progressive. They tour comparable to the PDG but walk much better do to the rocker shape I guess.
Finally, La Sportiva is crushing everyone with the sole rubber compounds they're using. The Spectres are suction cups on the rocks and the Spitfire 2.0 are damn close. Of note here is that the 2.0s don't have as much coverage nor is the rubber as thick as the Spectre. It's a lightweight boot so I didn't expect nor did I want that.
What could be better?
- The new ski/walk mode has a quirk. if there is much tension on the big aluminum bar which makes it work, the boot won't come out of ski mode all the way or will temporarily pop back into ski mode while walking. This is happening under my softshell pants which do not have an abundance of space for ski boots.
- The "screw" which holds the lower buckle onto the scafo should be a real screw so I can shift things around or add longer buckle for my fat feet.
That's it. Love the things.
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