Trade show Highlights – Alpine Touring Boots

Perhaps, the most impressive offering of gear at the show was the number of new Alpine Touring boots. Not only did the usual suspects like Dynafit, Scarpa and Garmont have multiple new offerings, but alpine boot strong holds like Tecnica even showed a new lightweight tech-compatible boot.

The biggest growth in boot designs is in lightweight four-buckle alpine touring boots and ultra-light randonee racing style boots. Here are some highlights starting with Dynafit boots:

Showing a staggering seven new boots (including women’s models), Dynafit gets the prize for the most comprehensive new boot offering. The big news here is that Dynafit has taken the one-buckle cuff and 60-degree cuff movement technology found in their lightweight TLT5 boots and integrated it into a full line of AT boots called the Dynafit One series and two new freeride boots called the Vulcan and Mercury. The TLT5 boots are ultra-light race minded boots that have gained momentum with the touring crowd given their great walk mode and light construction. The downside has been in fit and comfort. Dynafit’s new boot offerings obviously target the comfort and more aggressive freeride user using the same lightweight and walk-friendly systems of the TLT5.

At the top of the collection is the Dynafit  Vulcan – a carbon-cuffed, three-buckle boot that touts four-buckle power and a 1590-gram weight. The Mercury uses a fiberglass reinforced cuff, but is otherwise the same design as the Vulcan. These two boots, and the One series, all build on the TLT5 design adding a more comfortable fit, more substantial moldable liner, a taller cuff and the same one-buckle cuff release system. The result, so says the propaganda, is lightweight boots marketed at the backcountry touring market versus the racer market. They look and feel very nice, but we have yet to ski them (none of the Off-Piste crew at the show fit the 27.5 sample size – but given the number of new boots, we’ll be running through them come March/April).

You’ll also notice in the specs the use of a material called Grilamid. It’s light, strong and appears to be the material of choice for lightweight AT boots – Garmont is using it and I suspect Scarpa too, but Scarpa refers to their material generically as polyamide, which is the non-branded technical plastic name. (click on boot images for larger views)

Dynafit Vulcan AT BootDynafit Vulcan – this is the high-performance, lightweight freeride boot that leads the Dynafit charge for light and powerful.
Weight: 1590 g
Shell / cuff: Grilamid® / carbon fiber and Grilamid®
Buckles:Ultra-lock system
Forward Lean: 15-18 degrees
Cuff rotation: 60 degrees

Dynafit Mercury Ski BootsDynafit Mercury – Still high-performance and lightweight but the cuff is more forgiving than the carbon cuff, not to mention a couple hundred bucks cheaper.
Weight: 1590 g
Shell / cuff : Grilamid® / carbon fiber and Grilamid®
Buckles: Ultra-lock system
Forward Lean: 15-18 degrees
Cuff rotation: 60 degrees

Dynafit One PXDynafit One PX – TF
Weight: 1490 g
Shell and cuff- Pebax
Buckles: Ultra-lock system
Forward Lean: 15-18 degrees
Cuff rotation: 60 degrees

Dynafit One - U AT BootDynafit One U – TF (PU cuff body =  lower cost)
Weight: 1650 g
Shell / cuff: PU
Buckles: Ultra-lock system
Forward Lean: 15-18 degrees
Cuff rotation: 60 degrees

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