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Alpine Touring (AT) Ski Boots

Fischer Travers Boots

76

2017

Fischer Travers Boots

The Fischer Travers Boots are an ultra light weight dedicated ski touring boot with an 80° cuff rotation and a ‘buckle-less’ design, they are ideally suited for backcountry skiing and randonee racing.

Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro Boots

78

2017

Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro Boots

The Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro Boots are a mid weight freeride ski touring boot with a built in ski/walk mode and a customizable C.A.S. shell.

La Sportiva Spectre 2.0 Boots

86

2017

La Sportiva Spectre 2.0 Boots

The La Sportiva Spectre 2.0 Boots have a 60° cuff rotation and are the lightest 4-buckle alpine touring boot available.

Dalbello Lupo Carbon Ti Boots

74

2017

Dalbello Lupo Carbon Ti Boots

The Lupo Carbon Ti Boots have a have a 130 flex rating and a 67° cuff rotation and are the lightest freeride touring boots to date from Dalbello.

Fischer Transalp Boots

78

2016

Fischer Transalp Boots

The Fischer Transalp Boots are a relatively light weight three buckle alpine touring boot that offers up good support and power transmission. It uses a simple overlap design and provides a comfortable fit.

Salomon MTN Explore boots

84

2016

Salomon MTN Explore boots

The Salomon MTN Explore boot is a light weight alpine touring ski boot. It has plenty of cuff rotation for ski touring, but is also able to ski in bounds as well as it does out of bounds.

Atomic Backland Carbon AT Boots

80

2016

Atomic Backland Carbon AT Boots

The Atomic Backland Carbon AT Boots are an ultra light, dedicated alpine touring ski boot that has more cuff rotation than the human ankle.

Scott Superguide Carbon

86

2016

Scott Superguide Carbon

The Scott Superguide Carbon is a four buckle alpine touring boot with tech fittings and lug soles. 

Fischer TransAlp TS Vacuum

86

2016

Fischer TransAlp TS Vacuum

The Fischer TransAlp TS Vacuum is a light, three-buckle alpine touring boot best used for hunting powder stashes deep in the backcountry.

Dynafit Khion Carbon

87

2016

Dynafit Khion Carbon

The Khion Carbon is a four-buckle alpine touring boot that melds freeride performance with daylong touring ergonomics.

Salomon MTN Lab

91

2016

Salomon MTN Lab

The MTN Lab is high performance two-buckle alpine touring boot by Salomon.

Tecnica Cochise Pro 130

85

2014

Tecnica Cochise Pro 130

The Tecnica Cochise is a great mid-weight, 4-buckle boot for skiers who want one pair to be stiff enough to handle charging in-bounds all day but which can double as an all day touring boot too. 

Dynafit Radical

92

2014

Dynafit Radical

The Dynafit Radical is a classic four-buckle boot so it's easy to get a good grip on your foot and transfer all the power of your leg to the turn. Combined with a progressive downhill flex, roomy fit and excellent cuff range of motion the only reason it won't make your feet smile is if it's too big. 

Tecnica Cochise W105

83

2014

Tecnica Cochise W105

The Tecnica Cochise W105 is an excellent boot for a very specific audience. The ideal customer spends 85 percent of her time skiing at the resort, and 15 percent doing short hikes and tours from the resort.

Scott Celeste

85

2014

Scott Celeste

The Scott Celeste is a great pick for those who struggle with fit and comfort issues in AT boots.

Scarpa Gea RS

86

2014

Scarpa Gea RS

In terms of thoroughbred AT boots, the Gea Rs is at the top of the class. However, it is out of place anywhere near the resort. Look here if you spend 90 percent of your time in the backcountry.

Scarpa Women's Freedom SL

94

2014

Scarpa Women's Freedom SL

The Freedom SL represents an evolutionary leap forward in the hybridization of downhill and alpine touring ski boots.

Dynafit Mercury TF

92

2014

Dynafit Mercury TF

This AT boot means business—of the hut trip, mountaineering ascent, and multi-day backcountry tour variety. Stay far away from the resort.

Black Diamond Shiva MX 110

89

2014

Black Diamond Shiva MX 110

A beefy, take-no-prisoners boot substantially increases the comfort margin when touring for big mountain terrain.

Scarpa Freedom SL

89

2013

Scarpa Freedom SL

Scarpa's Freedom SL balances bona fide downhill chops with serious tourability.

Dynafit TLT 6

88

2013

Dynafit TLT 6

The TLT 6 is surprisingly powerful and versatile, without compromising its deft nature.

Black Diamond Factor Mx

87

2013

Black Diamond Factor Mx

Black Diamond's Factor Mx is a solid utilitarian freeride boot with your choice between tech fitting or alpine soles.

K2 Pinnacle 130

86

2013

K2 Pinnacle 130

K2’s Pinnacle is a beefy freeride boot with an active powerstrap and tech fittings.

Dalbello Panterra 120 ID

85

2013

Dalbello Panterra 120 ID

A robust four-buckle freeride boot that can hike to glory, or simply charge downhill.

Salomon Quest Max BC 120

83

2013

Salomon Quest Max BC 120

Salomon made good strides by returning their efforts to a freeride boot with tech fittings.

La Sportiva Spectre

83

2013

La Sportiva Spectre

La Sportiva's Spectre is definitely designed for the backcountry.

Roxa X-Ride

83

2013

Roxa X-Ride

A dark horse newcomer from Italy, the X-ride is a three buckle, AT boot with tech fittings and a worthy debut appearance.

Atomic Waymaker Tour 110

81

2013

Atomic Waymaker Tour 110

Atomic's Waymaker is a stout three buckle alpine touring boot with tech fittings.

Scarpa Maestrale RS (2012-13)

88

2012

Scarpa Maestrale RS (2012-13)

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.