New Touring Boots 2019
2019 Touring Boots
The Future is Now
Every year touring gear gets lighter and performs better and the 2018/19 season is no exception. So the only question is, what’s your next touring boot? While the industry has come an exceptionally long way in the past decade, we still wouldn’t recommend a sub 800 gram race boot as your resort daily driver. But don’t worry, through extensive product testing we’ve been able to sift through the market and find the best of the best. Whether you’re looking for steep lines, big days, or resort laps we have hand picked our favorite touring boots on the market.
Enter Hoji Boot from Dynafit
The brainchild of legendary freeskier Eric “Hoji” Hjorleifson, the Hoji series from Dynafit offers a one lever ski/walk mechanism that make transitioning easier than ever. This system will take you from a fully free pivot walk mode to an entirely capable downhill boot, all in the pull of a lever. We were lucky enough to spend considerable time on the boot this past winter and we even got to pick Hoji’s brain about the project. After our thorough research, we can confirm that the hype is real. Check out our Vail Manager and resident badass, Gary Smith’s blog post out to read his thoughts in the boot: Link
Scarpa Has Still Got It
Alien 1.0 (2019)
When we first got our hands on the all new Alien 1.0, we couldn’t believe it. Weighing in at 700 grams this boot was made for the podium but it skis better than ever. While the cuff is fully carbon to minimize weight and maximize stiffness, the lower is not and even boasts a BOA system to ‘fit like a glove’ and maximize performance. This boot is lighter, skis better, keeps your feet warmer, and they even knocked a few dollars off the predecessor. Whether your looking to podium at The Power of 4, or you are cooking up some ridiculous mountaineering mission, this boot should be on your radar.
Alien RS Proving It's Worth
Ok, you caught us, this boot isn’t brand new this season. However, we were so impressed by its freshman year performance that we just had to include it in this years lineup. Weighing in at 890 grams in a size 27 The Alien RS is light enough to get you through a race day or deep into the backcountry. When it comes time ski, the carbon infused grilamid provides an impressive amount of power when your line gets sporty. Thanks to Scarpa’s 3D Lambda Frame, we are officially living in a time where an 890 gram boot can handle anything the backcountry has to throw at it.
Be sure to check out the in-depth review
Be sure to check out the in-depth review
PDG II: Dynafit Upgrades a Classic
Not only did the number one race training boot get an aesthetic upgrade, the second rendition of the PDG performs better too. The shell and spoiler are now constructed out of lightweight grilamid and is reinforced with a carbon cuff. They kept the same Ultra-Lock system that we loved and added Dynafit ‘Speed Nose’ technology for more uphill efficiency. We couldn’t be happier with the changes Dynafit has made. The PDG 2 is lighter and faster on the uphill with better performance on the down. Go ahead and get into a pair!
Cripple Creek Adds Scott to 2019 Lineup
We have been so impressed by what Scott has done in the ski touring world that we had to add their boots to our lineup. The Superguide was designed with the aggressive skier in mind but still offers impressive uphill ability. Carbon infused grilamid gives the boot a powerful 125 flex. All the more impressive when you factor in 60 degrees of cuff articulation and a slender weight of 1415 grams (size 26.5). The Superguide is an impressive boot that is suitable for a wide spectrum of backcountry skiers. Check them out!
Tecnica Updates the Zero G
It’s 2018 so why shouldn’t your touring boot be able to do everything? Tecnica thought so too. Weighing in at 1300 grams and boasting a stiff 130 flex, the Zero G Guide Pro is yet another sign of the times. Thanks to a completely revamped walk mode, this boot tours better than ever with 55 degrees of cuff articulation. For the downhill, carbon injected grilamid delivers all the power you could ever need for slaying big lines. For those hard chargers out there who still want to enjoy the uphill, the Zero G Guide Pro should have your attention.
- Thomas Bull