Updated September 23, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Alpine Touring Boots

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in October of 2019. Alpine touring boots have advanced by leaps and bounds in the last decade, with brands competing to offer the stiffest and lightest products. That's good news for skiers, as the performance compromises have reduced for both uphill and downhill applications. Our list covers selections for a variety of needs, including ultralight options, resort-worthy chargers, and all-around workhorses. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Scarpa Maestrale RS

2. Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro

3. Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD

Editor's Notes

September 19, 2020:

Alpine touring boots need to work as well on the way up as they do on the way down. This has always presented a problem for manufacturers, as the two demands are fundamentally opposed. To be good on the downhill, boots need to be stiff and supportive. To reduce fatigue on long climbs, they must be lightweight and allow as much mobility as possible.

The latest generation of boots comes closer than ever to unifying the two extremes. Top picks like the Scarpa Maestrale RS and Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro ski remarkably well for how light and mobile they are.

Some options will skew further to one side of the spectrum or the other. Models like the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD or Lange XT 130 are rigid enough for the biggest slopes, but they add weight. On the other end, the Scarpa Alien RS is ultralight and mobile enough for technical climbs, but it won't play as well with stiff skis and aggressive descents. If you can live without skiing heavy powder or at high velocity, you may be able to use a boot with a low flex rating.

Then there's the tricky moment in between the uphill and downhill: the transition. Manufacturers continue to come up with creative ways to make switching modes easier, like the double tongue on the La Sportiva Synchro or the simple two-buckle setup of the Salomon S/Lab MTN, both of which will help minimize fuss.

Of course, boots aren't the only element of a touring kit. It's important to check compatibility with your bindings — the Dynafit Hoji Pro Tour are only compatible with tech bindings. While you're at it, make sure you have an avalanche beacon in your pack.

Special Honors

Intuition Liners Many skiers will choose to swap in custom liners for more warmth, more support, or a better fit. This Vancouver-based company makes some of the best options on the market, with specialized touring models that can be worn out of the box or heat molded for customization. intuitionliners.com

4. Atomic Backland Carbon

5. Salomon S/Lab MTN

6. La Sportiva Synchro

7. Lange XT 130

8. Dynafit Hoji Pro Tour

9. Scarpa Alien RS

10. La Sportiva Spectre 2.0


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on September 23, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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