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Alpine Touring Boots

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How we choose: The best alpine touring boots highlighted here were selected based on 14 reviews of 7 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Scarpa F1

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

Looking for a lightweight, flexible AT boot which I can fit a wide foot into following some foot surgery. Very accommodating thermal fitting options, including a mold-able outer shell

Reasons to Buy

  • Light weight
  • Good thermal fitting options, includes multiple therm re-fits for changes in foot shape overtime.

Reasons to Avoid

  • Cost
  • Pin style only
  • More flexibility than a tele/randonnee style boot.

I had to sit out last year's season here in Colorado due to extended recovery following bone spur removal surgery. Nevertheless, I'm back in the saddle so to speak and am looking to expand into the AT realm. Following doing a fair bit of boot research and getting good advice from a Scarpa rep I spoke with I chose the Scarpa F1 becuse of its variability in the fittment options, and its lightweight materials. While I understand its a pin-style boot only, I'm amenable with that from a weight perspective. Overall looking forward to many happy runs in these sweet boots!

Read more: Scarpa F1 review (1)

Black Diamond Prime

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1 review)

Very good lightweight touring boot. Comfortable for wide feet.

Reasons to Buy

  • High quality construction (pebax material, amazing liner)
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable, suitable for wide feet
  • Efficient attachment system

Reasons to Avoid

  • Buckles can break (wire)
  • May constrict the shins when touring

I have the first version (white and grey) of these boots. Very comfortable, suitable for people with wide feet. The heel stays tightly in place. Warm too, and I love the Boa attachment system for the liners. Good performance when skinning, sufficient articulation, although there is pressure on the shins, due to the plastic overlapping at the front. I prefer boots with a tongue like the Dynafit Zzero, because you can loosen it to gain space when skinning. The BD Prime don't have that. Works well with Dynafit bindings Solid Vibram outer sole.

Read more: Black Diamond Prime review (1)

Dynafit TLT 5 Mountain TF-X Boot

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

This is an extremely light boot that is ideal for fast touring. If you value the up as much as the down, this boot is great. Even if the down is more important, you'll have more gas in the tank to enjoy the descent with these boots.

Reasons to Buy

  • Light weight
  • Excellent ankle range of motion

Reasons to Avoid

  • Removeable tongues can be a hassle.

I am blown away by how much faster I can tour and how much more energy I have at the end of the day.  I knew that getting lighter boots would make a difference but this is amazing. I can make uphill facing kick turns smoothly and in control whereas before, I always found it a bit unstable. I'm well into my second season with these boots and am very happy with them. Because there is so much range of motion in the ankle, I find I seldom use the highest heel lift on my bindings.  As well, it is easy to ski flat sections with the heel lift up because the cuff of the boot isn't pushing my leg forward.  I can also drive my vehicle with the boots on without a problem.

Read more: Dynafit TLT 5 Mountain TF-X Boot review (1)

Dalbello Sherpa 2/8 I.D.

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

Where have these been all my life?

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Great walk mode
  • Vibram sole for booting up rocks
  • Fantastic discount

Reasons to Avoid

  • I had to dump sweat out after a long skin up
  • Now they STIIIINK
  • No Dynafit compatability

These are my first brand new boots and the first I have bought online. I must admit I was worried about the fit but I was very impressed after they arrived. These are also my first touring boots. I own two other pairs of downhill-only boots. These were on super clearance. They may be discontinued. My skiing style: As the boots say, I am 80/20, meaning I ski 80% in the resort and 20% off-piste. I am a blue-black skier trying to become better at diamond runs. Rainier Features: The best part of these skis to me is the walk mode.

Read more: Dalbello Sherpa 2/8 I.D. review (1)

Dynafit Mercury TF

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

A great "quiver of one" boot that is equally capable of driving your skis on piste, doing laps in the side country, as well as downhill focussed backcountry touring.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good stiffness
  • Excellent walk mode
  • Nimble / hikable sole
  • Adaptable with the removable tounge

Reasons to Avoid

  • Removable tounge can be fiddly
  • Difficult to don with laces in liners

I had been using the Garmont Radiums to ski my K2 Hardsides (170cm long / 98mm underfoot) with the G3 Onyx binding. However after three return trips to the boot fitter, the Radiums just wouldn't do the job for me (they had too much volume for my feet). So the retailer swapped them out for a lower volume boot. After re-evaluating my foot (low volume - square forefoot, medium-high arch with skinny ankles and calves) the Dynafit range seemed to be a good fit straight out of the box. It was a toss up between the Dynafit One and the Mercury, I ended up going for the Mercury as I tend to ski 30% on piste & 70% backcountry, and although I'm not hucking any cliffs the typical snow pack I ski tends to be on the firm side.

Read more: Dynafit Mercury TF review (1)

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