Category Archive: Boots

Boots for skiing and snowboarding

Jan 07 2019

Crispi NTN duckbutts come up short!

The NTN sole length runs along the curve defined by the bottom of the sole (green) from the front of the toe to the back of the second heel, in the center.

It appears there is a problem with NTN boots from Crispi; not all, but enough to give a warning. The second heel might be too small, meaning the distance from the toe-to-the-duckbutt is too short. The result is a loose, or unreliable connection with Meidjo and Outlaw bindings. At this moment there isn’t any reliable …

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Nov 20 2018

Review: Scarpa’s TX-Pro (2017)

Scarpa's burliest NTN boot made for Outlaws or Freerides.

Odds are that if you’re a decent telemark skier, you will love Scarpa’s TX-Pro (2017). The reasons are simple, and with a little investigation and analysis, obvious. The TX-Pro simply nails the peak of the bell curve of what the majority of tele skiers want: a boot that is big enough to deliver plenty of …

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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 …

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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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