The 2022 season marks a sweet spot in the world of ski touring boots. Over a dozen brands have established themselves and invested heavily in the R&D required to make a comfortable boot that is easy to go uphill. Boots have also become more customizable than ever before and Cripple Creek Backcountry has invested heavily in tools and training to work with even the lightest plastic. Although favorites like the Dynafit Radical Pro and the Scarpa F1 LT remain strong contenders, check out these new boots if its your time to buy.

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Lightweight Touring Ski Boots:

Dynafit TLT X Quick Review:

 

The latest iteration of the legendary TLT line, the TLT X is set to become Dynafit’s flagship lightweight touring boot. Following trends seen throughout the rest of the lightweight touring boot landscape, the TLT X’s simplified design features a steel dial-actuated steel cable closure system to dial in the fit of the lower shell and relies on a cam-strap closure system to switch between uphill and downhill travel. Weighing in at 1,030 grams with a cuff rotation of 60 degrees, and touting enough stiffness to drive lighter-weight skis with confidence, the TLT X offers the versatility we’ve come to expect in this class to accompany skiers on ski mountaineering missions, resort uphill laps, and even a recreational skimo race.dynafit tltx series

The TLT X comes in men's and women's colors and the new Blacklight stiffer Carbon version

 

The new Twistfit closure system is fairly unique compared to similar systems seen in this class. Pressure is distributed across a separate piece of material from the lower shell, meaning the TLT X can be dialed in to fit a wider range of insteps than similar boots limited by the flexibility of the hard plastic shell. Ski mountaineers and splitboard hardbooters will rejoice in the elimination of the Speednose, as a shallow toe lug has been added to aid in the attachment of fully-automatic crampon systems. The Ultra Lock 5.0 is also fairly unique. Not only is the cam-strap upper cuff closure tied to the walk mechanism resulting in a one-step transition, but the system features a release on the buckle side allowing skiers to take the boot on and off without undoing the velcro strap. Finally, the liner is greatly improved compared to previous TLT models. Constructed of Ultralon foam, the TLT X liner offers greater customization and more support when compared to the outgoing TLT 8.

Tecnica Zero G Peak:

The Zero G Peak is Tecnica’s long-awaited entry into the sub-1000 gram category. A perennial industry and customer favorite, the Zero G boot line was one of the first boots in the middle-weight category to punch well above its weight class in downhill performance. With the Peak series, Tecnica has added a lighter-weight option aimed at ski mountaineers and speed tourers who demand simpler transitions and strong downhill performance. The result is a boot that is a genre-bending blend of uphill efficiency and downhill power.

zero g peak

Upon examining the Peak series boots, one can certainly see features that have carried over from the Zero g and Cochise series boots. A rarely seen quasi-overlapping lower shell design and the "T-Hike" walking mechanism resembles a lightened version of the walk mech found on the Zero G boots. These traits promise a rigid connection between upper and lower shell, producing more lateral power transfer and a more progressive flex pattern. Offered in Men’s and Women’s designs as well as a uni-sex performance-oriented Carbon model, the Peak series has an option for a wide range of skiing abilities. Like the rest of Tecnica’s lineup, the peak features a C.A.S. liner and shell, offering outstanding levels of customization through heat molding or shell punching.

The Zero G Peak also comes in Men's, Womens and stiffer carbon version.

 

Salomon MTN Summit:

Replacing the outgoing X-Alp boot, the Salomon MTN Summit is Salomon’s latest entry into the 1000g boot category. Boasting an impressive 120 stated flex ratingin the top-of-the-line S/Lab version, the MTN Summit looks to be seeking the uncompromising approach to downhill performance seen in a number of the other new offerings in the category. Coupled with 75 degrees range of motion, this boots seems to check all the boxes for ski mountaineers looking for a boot to excel on the uphill as much as it does on the down.

At first glance, the MTN Summit appears to offer the familiar formula of Boa closure lower shell and cam actuated velcro power strap. But upon further examination, six points of attachment and a nylon strap around the ankle worked into the Boa system promises to offer increased heel/ankle retention when compared to other options in the category. The lower shell of the Summit is constructed from Salomon’s Grillamid+ material, and offers fast and easy customization via heat molding. 

Scarp F1 GT:

The Scarpa F1 GT Alpine Touring Boot seeks to fill the gap between the F1 and F1 LT. Ideal for recreational skiers looking for the support and versatility offered by the F1, in a slightly lighter and streamlined package. Constructed from the more forgiving and progressive Grilamid® Fiber Glass LFT, the stated flex rating of 90 promises to be more forgiving and familiar for skiers coming from alpine boots than the ultralight, ultra-stiff F1 LT. 

Scarpa F1 GT

 The F1 GT utilizes the same lower shell as the F1 LT, offering a slightly narrower fit and lower-profile design than the standard F1. Moving away from the Boa closure system in favor of a more traditional instep buckle, the F1 GT should also fit a wider range of instep heights. Grilamid® Fiber Glass LFT construction offers greater customization, as Scarpa states the lower shell can be punched without voiding the manufacturer warranty. Overall, this boot promises to bring the 1000g touring experience to a wider range of ability levels, offering a more approachable and user-friendly version of the boot that has so far set the standard in the category.


Freeride Touring Ski Boots:

K2 Dispatch:

Complimenting their more alpine crossover oriented Mindbender line, the new K2 Dispatch LT seeks to add a more dedicated touring option to K2’s lineup. Aimed at the stalwarts of the category like the Zero G Tour Pro and Maestrale RS, the Dispatch checks all the boxes one would expect to see in a middle-weight touring boot looking to provide uncompromised downhill performance. 60 degrees or range in walk mode coupled, a full rubber touring sole, and a sub-1500 stated weight promise to offer comfort on the uphill. While a four-buckle design and 120 flex rating suggest a progressive and confidence-inspring experience on the downhill.

Like the rest of the K2 lineup, the Dispatch LT offers a high degree of customization with a fully heat moldable shell and liner. This means shell modifications can be performed in minutes, without requiring more traditional forms of punching. Transitions prove to be fairly simple for a boot in this category, as the top buckles lock forward to loosen the cuff and provide the full range of motion. When paired with K2’s new line of lightweight freeride skis of the same name, the Dispatch LT seems to fit the skier looking for a powerful freeride boot to earn their turns in.

Scarpa Quattro:

Filling the gap left in Scarpa’s lineup vacated by the Freedom Series, the Scarpa Quattro promises to offer alpine-like performance in a boot with bonafide touring credentials. Aimed squarely at the hybrid crossover category, the Quattro features a four buckle design, and a GripWalk (ISO 23223) sole that works in a wider range of alpine bindings than any boot in Scarpa’s lineup. The top-of-the-line XT model boasts a 130 flex range, and Scarpa claims that the 1500g (Size 27) weight makes it the lightest 130-flex GripWalk boot currently on the market. Combined with the 61 degrees range-of-motion, the Quattro looks to offer a more pleasant touring experience than any other boot in the hybrid category.

The Quattro’s stated last of 100mm provides a slightly more performance oriented fit than the Maestrale, but like the rest of Scarpa’s line, th included intuition liner is highly moldable, promising a warm and consisten fit than any other stock liner on the market. Offered in two flex options in both male and female specific fits, the Quattro seems to offer a higher degree of versatility than others in this category for skiers looking to do it all, both in-bounds and out.