Category Archive: Boots

Boots for skiing and snowboarding

Nov 24 2017

Review: Scarpa Maestrale RS2
—a worthy upgrade

Sweet range of motion for a boot that can also deliver solid turns in funky snow and at speed.

Although Scarpa put in a little overtime to improve the performance of their legendary Maestrale boot line, the part they tout the most in this second version (RS2)is the improvement you’ll notice the least — the lateral stiffness. There’s no denying the torsional rigidity of the boot has been improved by infusing the back half …

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Nov 19 2017

Review: Scarpa TX-Comp 2018

Walk mode with the TX-Comp. Not record setting, but better than nada. YMMV.

  The common theme among aficionados of burly tele boots is their lack of sensitivity. Not the skiers, the boots. As a powder pig sensitivity is a boot quality I revel in, but I’m no tele charger. Not by burly boot standards. However, that lack of sensitivity is really only an indication that boots like …

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Feb 27 2017

Review: Scott Sports Minerva/Voodoo NTN

Scott Sports Minerva NTN - women's version of Voodoo NTN.

Last year my review of Scott’s Voodoo NTN was considered pretty harsh by Scott Sports. I received an email from Paul Parker, Scott’s boot advisor telling me as much, and that I was unqualified to review the boot. Some of the criticism I stand behind, but I must also admit that Paul Parker’s criticism of …

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Feb 14 2017

Review: Scarpa’s NEW F1 AT boot

Scarpa's improved F1.

As much as I liked the concept of Scarpa’s F1 Evo the automatic mode switch seemed a bit too gimmicky. Scarpa’s lawyers agreed. This year’s revised F1 keeps everything else that was great about the F1 and replaces the mode switch with a simple, reliable, manual lever on the spine of the heel. Which makes …

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Dec 13 2016

Review: Tecnica’s Zero-G AT boot

Nice liner with different density foam in forefoot, ankle, mid-cuff, upper cuff and tongue.

Every year now the bar gets raised for Alpine Touring boots that play as well in-bounds as out. A dedicated rando race boot will always outrun or an alpine race boot will always outgun a dual-function work horse, but the work horse consistently delivers untracked pow where the others dare not go. That’s why there’s …

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Jun 12 2016

Review: Scott Sports Voodoo NTN

NTN Voodoo from Scott Sports

  It would be a shame if sales of Scott’s Voodoo don’t pick up. Now that they have added Dynafit tech inserts these boots are a valid boot choice for the direction telemark innovation is headed. However their performance beyond that remains unchanged from the Prophet by Garmont. Thus, I’m not predicting any sales records. …

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May 10 2016

First Look: Khion becomes a Beast

Beast of a boot from Dynafit. Magnesium rear spoiler, Master Step Inserts, and cool buckles.

  My first impression of the Khion wasn’t the greatest in the world. Half of that was due to the skis they were latched to – Dynafit’s Teton, a ski that dug the tips in with just a hint of angulation. Quite annoying actually, so it was hard to appreciate the excessive stiffness offered by …

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