Category Archive: Boots

Boots for skiing and snowboarding

Mar 28 2016

Scarpa & Scott drop heel inserts on NTN boots

Not even a heel groove is left for Scarpa's 2017 TX-Pro.

Good tele skiers know there’s a time and a place for parallel turns and if it doesn’t add much extra weight, why not add that ability? Unfortunately it looks like lawyers are about to put the big kabosh on the final pieces of the “pink pony,” the Holy Grail of telemark systems with a binding …

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Feb 29 2016

1st Look: Lange’s XT Free Tour AT Boot

Lange finally adds tech inserts to the XT Free Tour. Lighter, AT worthy with better ROM, but skis like a Lange.

Ever since Lange first entered the Alpine Touring market with the XT I’ve only had one question. Not how well it skied, or how well it fit but when would it come with tech inserts? When parent Rossignol inked a deal last year to put a Look label on a Dynafit Radical the writing was …

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Feb 08 2016

1st Look: Scott Superguide Carbon

Scott Super Guide. Mostly unchanged for next year, except the buckles, which can be held open so they don't relock when you're not looking.

Generally speaking new converts to the world of alpine touring come from the ranks of hard snow chargers where only stiff boots can hold up to such abuse and terminal velocity. However, wild snow comes in many more textures and flavors. With so much more variety, a boot with a progressive flex is preferred to …

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Dec 28 2015

Review: La Sportiva Spitfire 2.0 skimo boot

Last leg of the A-Basin Dawn Patrol COSMIC race.

During my stint in Tahoe a lot of fellow turn earners wondered why the resorts wouldn’t allow uphill skinning. Now that I’m in Colorado, it is more obvious why rando races flourish here, and with it the opportunity for fitness skinning at resorts, but they’re rare in the Sierra. In California, especially around Lake Tahoe, …

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Nov 03 2015

Inserts: Weak link of the 2-Pin Tech System

Staying connected when you want with a 2-pin tech system requires tight tolerances - especially with the boot insert.

  What started out as a simple test of the Meidjo, a telemark binding with a 2-pin toe and NTN clamp, turned into an investigation of tech toe inserts and what makes them good or bad. Tech systems are an interaction of components on a petite scale, so small variations can have big consequences. While …

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Oct 21 2015

Tele Gear for Newbies

A hard turn is good to find. Photo by Halsted Morris.

  There’s a really good chance you’ll think of my advice on picking gear for telemarking as just another died in the wool leatherneck recommending old-fashioned values just because that’s the way he did it. You’d be right, except that everyone I’ve ever seen who could tele well, all of ‘em, had to go through …

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Sep 22 2015

Review: Fischer’s TransAlp AT boots

Fischer TransAlp Thermoshape has great ROM.

Fischer is going all in with the two-pin tech system for Winter 2016. Starting this year Fischer retailers will be selling Dynafit bindings, albiet with the Fischer logo on them, and they have beefed up the TransAlp boot series with taller cuffs and an economy version that offers better downhill performance. Trans Alp w/Vacu-plast Returning …

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