Men's Backcountry 17/18 Models
Salomon S-Lab MTN
Boasting a clean 2-buckle design, smooth, progressive 120 flex and 47' of cuff rotation when in walk mode, the S-Lab MTN strikes the elusive balance between downhill performance and touring comfort. The Custom Shell lower can be moulded to your foot to ensure a personalized fit, and the whole package weighs in at just 1560g in a size 26.5.
Bootfitter's comments: The MTN Lab caused a sensation upon release, being one of the first boots to combine low weight, touring functionality and serious skiing performance and response. Over the last two seasons, it has become a bestselling backcountry boot, and is back this year with just a name change and new look.
Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro
No limits, no boundaries, no compromise is what theTecnica Zero G Guide Pro is all about. A four buckle, full overlap, traditional foundation is fused with state of the art technologies to craft a 1540 gram high performance touring boot. True downhill peformance has never been this light because of Tecnica's new Power Light Design technology. From the buckles to the new S.A.S. Cuff Mobility System and the Palau liner, to the rockered tech sole and all the way down to the smallest screw -- every detail was meticulously examined to make sure that lightness and function were achieved. Zero G is one boot with zero limits - designed to give you the freedom to explore beyond your boundaries.
Bootfitter’s comments: Back for it's second season, the ZeroG Guide Pro is an ultra-light 4-buckle boot, built on the popular Cochise shape, and loaded with backcountry specific features. Integrated tech inserts, rockered rubber soles and a smooth, low-friction walking action will make the ups almost as fun as the downs.
The new generation of Freeriders: agility in ascent and descent without compromise. Vulcan offers unrivalled downhill performance, is rigid enough to be used on the most modern Freeride skis, enables front-lean rigidity to be personalised thanks to the removable Downhill Booster Tongue, and has perfect heel holding, even when landing jumps. All this combined with agility in walk mode, lightness and cutting edge technical solutions, including the Ultra Lock 2.0 lever and the Driving Spoiler 2.0. We have improved the design to yield even greater downhill performance, delivered through a more progressive response provided by the new cuff in glass fibre combined with the Pebax® shell. Enhanced skiing control comes also from the Ultra Lock Strap, which ensures complete closure and provides rapid adjustment. Vulcan offers a completely customizable setup thanks to the adjustable forward lean and the removable stoppers in the cuff, and is compatible with all types of ski touring and freeride bindings. The new Custom Plus liner is completely thermoformable. It cradles the foot to provide precision and comfort at the same time, thanks to the construction technique employing 3 different types of foam.
Bootfitter’s comments: Awesome touring features and a low-profile race fit, the Vulcan remains one of the best boots out there for those looking to hike up big lines and charge on the way down.
Dynafit Beast Carbon
The Beast Carbon Free Touring boot is the dream of all freeriders who prefer to earn their fun in the powder similar to the saying, "Earn your turns." The Precision Lock System guarantees precise power transmission and maximum rigidity in how it allows all boot components to work together as one unit. You get uncompromising skiing. At the same time, the ergonomic shape and the boot's lightness makes for singular performance on the ascent. The so-called "snow-dynamic" concept with its streamlined buckles and elimination of lateral protrusions ensures little speed loss as well as minimal points of resistance and thus maximum penetration. The carbon fiber material in the upper and shell lends additional rigidity to the Beast Carbon touring boot. In addition, the Master Step Insert enables easier entry by 50% as well as maximum mechanical loads with freeride bindings set to a release value (Z value) of 16.
Bootfitter’s comments: An evolution of the popular Khion model, the Beast Carbon is optimised to work with Dynafit’s Beast freeride touring binding. Close fitting shell and a carbon spine for maximum power on the way down.
The Beast Free Touring boot is the dream of all freeriders who prefer to earn their fun in the powder similar to the saying, "Earn your turns." The Precision Lock System guarantees precise power transmission and maximum rigidity in how it allows all boot components to work together as one unit. You get uncompromising skiing. At the same time, the ergonomic shape and the boot's lightness makes for singular performance on the ascent. The so-called "snow-dynamic" concept with its streamlined buckles and elimination of lateral protrusions ensures little speed loss as well as minimal points of resistance and thus maximum penetration. In addition, the Master Step Insert enables easier entry by 50% as well as maximum mechanical loads with freeride bindings set to a release value (Z value) of 16.
Bootfitter’s comments: All the innovative features of the Beast Carbon, but without the carbon spine, the Beast offers a slightly softer flex for lighter or less aggressive skiers.
Dynafit TLT 7 Expedition CR
The revolutionary TLT7 Expedition Speed Touring boot is the ideal choice for every ambitious ski tourer who puts a premium on getting up the mountain fast and light. This touring boot's ascent performance has been greatly improvement with the Speed Nose and a setback pivot point. That helps you save energy for the descent. The Ultra-Lock 3.0 System makes it possible to transition between Fit / Walk / Ski modes with the adjustment of just one buckle. Also, the new Master Step Insert enables easier entry -- up to 50% easier in comparison to the Quick-Step-In Insert. Improved strength and precision power transmission on the descent is ensured with the carbon fiber-infused Lambda Frame and the Power Strap.
Bootfitter’s comments: Weighing in at just 1,130g in size 26.5, the TLT7 is an ulralight boot for those looking to move further and faster in the backcountry. Anatomical shell shape cradles the foot, and the buckle system lets you move between ski and walk modes with just one motion.
Dynafit Radical Man CR
A four-buckle polyurethane ski touring boot with the best downhill performance offered by any comparable boot on the market. Descent-oriented ski mountaineers will be thrilled to take on longer tours with this boot. The new Radical offers technical solutions of the highest niveau. You get a progressive flex with outstanding performance on the descent at a weight normally only seen with Pebax or three-buckle boots. And you get all of that at a more affordable price. Compatible with all ski touring bindings currently on the market. This version is available with the new Custom Ready liner designed to provide immediate comfort, thermal insulation and enhanced durability.
Bootfitter’s comments: A great introduction to Dynafit’s backcountry range, the Radical looks and skis like your old 4-buckle alpine boots, but the rockered sole and 60’ of cuff rotation make touring and hiking a dream.
Fischer Travers Carbon
One turn for the perfect fit! Perfect closure pressure distribution thanks to the Lace Frame System and Pulley Guides. The Active Cuff offers a foot rotation of over 80 degrees in walk mode during the climb and perfect power transfer in the downhill ride thanks to Grilamid.
Bootfitter's comments: Weighing in at just 980g in a size 26.5, the Travers Carbon is a serious touring boot that still packs a punch on the way down. Incredible 80° of cuff motion in walk mode and Boa closure on the lower shell give great comfort on long hikes.
Dynafit TLT6 Mountain CR
Lightweight and performance: TLT Mountain MS is the right choice for expert skiers seeking a lightweight boot for climbing, walking and training without compromising on downhill fun. You can modify the degree of flex to suit your needs by using it together with the removable Downhill Booster tongue, which combines with the very effective Ultra Lock Strap and the customizable forward lean of the cuff to ensure the TLT 6 delivers outstanding downhill performance. The construction combines Grilamid® and Pebax® to provide a ski which forgives mistakes thanks to its elasticity while making boot fitting easy. TLT6 leads the field in ascents, thanks to the short sole and enhanced roll and mobility as well as providing perfect crampon compatibility. The architecture with rear spoiler and the Ultra-Lock Closure System 2.0 ensure unbelievable mobility, and changing from ski to walk mode or vice-versa can be achieved with one movement. The Custom Ready liner provides out-of-the-box comfort and has been designed for those looking for ease of use and good thermal insulation.
Bootfitter’s comments: A classic, versatile boot for those looking to balance light weight, intuitive touring function and stable downhill performance. One-buckle ski-walk mechanism and quick step-in binding inserts offer maximum convenience for quick transitions.
Dynafit Winter Guide GTX
Warm, dry feet throughout the day. The Winter Guide boot has been designed for those who spend extended periods in the snow and who are looking for long-lasting comfort, such as professional mountain guides. In addition to ease of use, walking comfort and reliable skiing performance, the internal microclimate can also be managed easily thanks to the liner with a revolutionary patented construction, combined with GORE-TEX® Duratherm L. The breathable, waterproof PTFE membrane lets water vapour escape through the perforations present throughout the surface of the liner, ensuring the wearer's feet stay dry. This hi-tech liner is housed in a Pebax® shell which provides outstandingly natural walking movement and a great range of cuff rotation, as well as superior skiing performance. You will be amazed by Winter Guide's ease of transition from ski to walk mode; with just one motion the Ultra Lock System 2.0 locks the cuff and at the same time transitions the boot from walk to ski mode and vice-versa. The sole unit is compatible with all ski touring bindings currently on the market which meet the approved Standard.
Bootfitter’s comments: Designed for those who live in their boots, the Winter Guide features a Gore-tex membrane in the liner to ensure your feet stay dry, warm and healthy. Slightly wider fitting than the TLT6, but retaining all the innovative performance features.
Scarpa Freedom SL
Created with design input from big-mountain ski pioneer Chris Davenport, the Freedom SL is the new vanguard in Freeride ski boots. Combining high-performance, touring compatibility, and a category-leading cuff range (27 degrees), SCARPA has created a truly multipurpose all mountain machine. SCARPA’s proprietary Carbon Core Technology yields a 120 flex index and alpine performance, and is bolstered by a custom Intuition® liner for warmth and comfort. It’s finished with superior walk ergonomics, all at 3lbs 13oz per boot (size 27). Interchangeable soles that are bolted through the carbon-fiber frame offer compatibility with any ski binding, from alpine to tech bindings, in a design that improves strength and power transfer to the ski, whether you’re charging a resort’s testpieces or tackling big lines in the backcountry. Meet the world’s most versatile ski boot.
Bootfitter’s comments: Scarpa’s premium freeride touring boot, the Freedom SL is built to charge big lines. Stiff, powerful and responsive, but with enough touring-specific features to reduce the strain on the way up the hill.
Scarpa Maestrale RS2
Brand new from Scarpa this year, the Maestrale RS2 replaces the original Maestrale RS, claimed by Scarpa to be the bestselling touring boot in the world. The RS2 retains the same medium-volume last as the old model, but in a stiffer, lighter package which offers a superior range of walking motion.
Bootfitter’s comments: Our owner Ned rates the Maestrale RS2 as the most exciting new boot he saw at the 2017-2018 trade shows, and we think it will prove a hit with our customers. In the ever-expanding backcountry sector, gear that is light, easy to use, and that performs as well on the way down as the way up is the holy grail, and Scarpa seem to have nailed it with the Maestrale RS2. A super versatile boot for high-performance touring!
Scarpa Maestrale 2
An update on the ultra-popular and versatile Maestrale, the Maestrale 2 is lighter than it’s predecessor, and features a new walk mode borrowed from Scarpa’s Alien ski mountaineering boot. Offering a massive 60 degree range of motion, the Maestrale 2 will again bridge the gap between intuitive, comfortable hiking and downhill performance.
Bootfitter’s comments: Featuring a medium-volume fit, customisable liners, a sporty 100 flex and a superb walk mode, the Maestrale 2 should pick up from its’ predecessor as a bestselling backcountry boots, particularly amongst strong alpine skiers looking for a first dedicated backcountry boot.
Scarpa T2 Eco
SCARPA has had few boots with the track record of the T2. A favorite among telemark skiers for decades, the T2 has been the go-to backcountry Tele boot since the original version was introduced more than two decades ago. True to its history, the latest version, the T2 Eco, continues to set the bar in this category with an even balance of performance, fit and comfort. It employs plant-based Pebax® Rnew plastic, triple-injection construction, Intuition® liners, and more sophisticated buckles for an ever-capable, comfortable Telemark boot.
Bootfitter’s comments: Hugely popular telemark boot from Scarpa. The T2 strikes a balance between light weight and touring functionality, while still retaining enough power to drive fat skis and stiff bindings. The genrous 102mm last offers great comfort for long days in the backcountry.
Atomic Backland Carbon
A brand new backcountry boot based on the bestselling, ultra-light Hawx Ultra alpine boot. The Hawx Ultra XTD features a powerful, mouldable Grilamid shell, 54 degrees of cuff motion, and a full-length rubber walking sole. All the precision and stability of a high-performance 4-buckle boot in a package that weighs less than 1500g!
Bootfitter’s comments: Following the popularity of the Hawx Ultra last season, we’re excited to get our hands on the Hawx Ultra XTD. Atomic’s ultra light construction makes sense in a backcountry boot, and the snug fit and firm flex of this boot will suit hard-charging skiers.