If you’re looking to ski a little out of bounds in the backcountry from the resort you’ll need a pair of ski boots with a walk mode, or have a hike function. Next, you’ll need to determine the width of your foot and how stiff or soft of a boot you need. We put together a list of some of the best backcountry ski boots for 2019.
Best Ski Boots with Walk Mode
Lange really blew everyone away with this Ski Boot a couple of years ago. Next time you are at your favorite ski mountain look and see what the ski patrollers are wearing, a good bit of them will be in this boot. That speak volumes, speaking of volume this boot is better for someone with a low volume foot 97mm, it comes in an LV model, and the standard model is 100mm for a mid-width foot. And for this year they are introducing 102mm last, great news for people with a wider foot.
Lange uses a Polyether shell, Polyolefin cuff, making the boot stiff and lightweight. They also have a rubberized sole, great for gripping your snowmobile or bar stool, and the walk mode is easy to use and doesn’t affect the flex of the boot. [Purchase: $399.95]
The Tecnica Cochise has been one of the best ski boot with a hike feature for the last few years. They recently redesigned it and improvements are vast however it’s hard to improve upon perfection. Tecnica made the last of the Cochise 99mm which is great for narrow and medium width feet. The Cochise is now lighter, still very powerful and has a great range of motion when walking or skining. The CAS liner allows boot fitters to punch, grind and alter the liner which is unique to Tecnica ski boots. The CAS is also available on the Mach1 which is Tecnica’s alpine ski boot line. CAS stands for Custom Adaptive Shape and is revolutionary in the ski boot industry. The Cochise has a pronounced heel pocket and comes standard with Tech soles in the higher tier models. [Purchase: $599.95] Easily one of the best all mountain ski boots for sidecountry use.
The Pantera Boot allows you to adjust the width of the forefoot between a 100mm, 101mm and 102mm last, which is a really cool feature. This boot uses the front buckle to adjust the width, something the ski industry has needed for a long time. Dalbello is the first ski boot manufacturer to introduce this feature. The Dalbello Panterra uses a 3-piece shell design, which allows for amazing power transfer and accommodates a higher instep. Dalbello also uses a diagonal buckle which helps to hold the heel in place. The Pantera comes in two liner options, I would recommend spending the extra for the Intuition liner, known to be one of the best heat moldable liners in the business. The walk mode and flex adjustment on the boot is easy to adjust. Rumor has it this ski boot is so awesome it was named after Pantera one of the loudest intense bands in the last 30 years, Rock on! [Purchase: $499.95]
Also, check out the Lupo Ski Boot by Dalbello, this is Simon Dumont’s brainchild and comes with 2nd set of Tongues to make the boot stiffer or softer.
New to the Salomon line is the QST a lightweight ski boot with great rear articulation. The QST accomplishes this with a free-flexing EndoFit tongue. This is a unique design and has been received well so far. Salomon uses a Heat Moldable shell in the higher tear boots in the QST line. This boot is comfortable and extremely light out of the box, best for those with a lower to mid instep, secure heel pocket, and great power transfer. The QST does not come with Tech toe and heel pieces but they are available. [Purchase: $599.95]
The Alltrack is a great all mountain boot with plenty of power and comfort. Rossignol’s Alltrack uses Sensor Grid technology, designed to keep the boot lightweight but stable through the forefoot and ankle area. Rossignol makes the Alltrack Boot in a 100mm and 102mm widths, which is great for people with a wide forefoot, but a mid to narrow heel. [Purchase: $549.95]
Lange got everyone’s attention when they unveiled the Freetour. The lightweight ski boot features tech soles and comes in 100mm and 97mm versions. This is great for skiers with narrow as well and medium width feet. The Freetour skis with power and precision and is an awesome boot for the hardcore backcountry skier as well as those wanting to do some short to long hikes to powder stashes. Lange built this boot from the ground up and introduced a new Ultralon liner which lightweight and fits like a glove. [Purchase: $699.95]
The Waymaker is great for people with a medium to wider forefoot and a higher instep. The Atomic Waymaker 110, 120 and 130 use Carbon Fiber to make the boot stiff while keeping the weight down. The Waymaker also uses a Rubber Flex Zone on the outer side of each boot; this is great for people with issues in the “6th toe area. This is when people experience pain on the outer edge of their pinkie toe while in ski boots. The Waymaker is easy to adjust into walk mode and uses a 3 buckle system with oversized buckles allowing for performance and fit. The Atomic Waymaker does not come with Tech Soles, but Atomic makes them for this boot. [Purchase: $399]
K2 took SIA by storm with the introduction of their new ski boots. These boots rip and were better than expected for their first go round. K2 has tweaked the Pinnacle since then making the shell heat moldable, raising the instep of the boot and offering it in a wide or high volume version too. K2 uses INTUITION liners in all their ski boots allowing for a custom fit and low pack out rate and comes with Tech Soles. [Purchase: $699.95]
The Atomic Waymaker boot is great for people with a wider foot, so if you have a Fred Flintstone foot this is a great boot for you. The 110, 120 and 130 u carbon fiber to make the Waymaker stiff while keeping it lightweight. The Waymaker also uses a Rubber Flex Zone on the outer side of each boot; this is great for people with issues in the “6th Toe Area. This is when people experience pain on the outer edge of their pinkie toe. The Waymaker is easy to adjust to walk mode and uses a 3 Buckle system with oversized buckles allowing for performance and fit. [Purchase: $229]
Now that you have you’re ski boots dialed in. One of the most important parts of your setup. It’s time to start looking at skis. We put together a list of the 15 best alpine touring skis for 2019.
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