At the WWSRA demo day in February I stuck a foot into a Pinnacle 130, and one that fit relatively well out of the box. No tight spots, and my flat foot was held in place well, with a comfortable, pre-lasted LUX-Fit Intution® liner.
The liner is tongued, with optional lacing and a grippy rubber sole on the bottom for hanging around camp or a stroll to the sauna. It has a nice finish on the inside, and is prelasted to conform to the shell, and an “average” foot.
The buckles did a good job of holding my foot tight in turn mode. Technically you might think of the Pinnacle 130 as a 3-buckle boot, but it really has four. Admittedly the fourth buckle is on the velcro’d power strap, but since it is a buckle, that power strap is super secure, thus powerful.
What I like even better is how easy it is to loosen the upper strap, without it flopping around, when you want to switch to tour mode. Resetting velcro power straps is annoyingly time consuming. Flipping open a buckle is easy and fast. When you need to get out of your boots, you don’t need to unzip the velcro, just unhook the buckle and the top of the cuff is wide open.
In ski mode it was indistinguishable from a Lange XT, which was on my other foot. It had a smooth, progressive forward flex and held my foot snug through any speed or shaped turn, transferring leg commands with precision.
Two things stand out with the Pinnacle that the XT lacks: Dynafit inserts for saving serious weight with an AT binding, and more range of motion in the cuff. The Dynafit compatible toe is also DIN compatible, so it can be used in any alpine binding.
What gets sacrificed are the lug soles at the toe, making this a great boot on snow, especially when attached to skis, but not so good if the approach is long and dry, or you need to scramble over rocks.
Do they fit? My guess is high volume (high instep and wide) feet will not like ‘em, but you’ll just have to try ‘em on to know for sure. Also available in a softer 110 flex model.
Weight/pr (sz 27): TK
Sizes available: 23.5 – 30.5 (mondo)
5 Qs with K2′s Boot Developer, Skiing Business