This year, Scarpa upgraded the Maestrale and made it bad ass. The flex is notably stiffer, but the boot didn’t gain any significant weight. It can hold its own in bounds, but it really shines in the backcountry.
The Vulcan is a fully capable AT boot that can tour and ski any and all backcountry conditions. The price is no joke, but the Vulcan is a boot that has more everyday-user appeal than Dynafit’s popular TLT 5 but can still charge with the best.
The Lange XT 130 can drive any ski at the resort, but will have no problem bootpacking or skinning just outside the gates. The flex might not be quite 130, but it’s the consistency that shines more than the stiffness. Long tours? Not it’s forte.
The Garmont Cosmos is a very comfortable alpine touring boot, with welcoming fit and a forgiving on-snow feel. It’s ideal for longer backcountry days and more technical ski mountaineering objectives, though it lags in power.
The Skr!!m is a fully functioning AT boot that is best suited for chasing powder deep in the backcountry. The modest stiffness is similar to the Cosmos, with which it shares the highly lauded and comparable day-long comfort.
The Cochise Pro Light is a hybrid of Freeride and touring DNA. The overlap cuff design provides a consistent, predictable flex, and the interchangeable tech soles and AFD give it versatility and sole longevity.