voyzeySemi-related question about crossover boots. I'm buying new boots next week for the first time in 8 (!!) seasons, I don't know shit about boot tech much less AT boot tech. I'm trying to get into touring either this year or next, hoping for a boot that will perform well inbounds and will allow me to dip my toes into touring. Inbounds I ski about 50/50 all mountain/park, so I want something that will work for park as well. Is there even a boot that can fill all of these needs (inbounds+park+touring)? I'm going to a bootfitter next week but figured I'd ask ya'll to get a sense of what I want.
You’re spot on about going to a fitter but here are some recommendations from a bootfitter who also skis park all mountain and tours:
1. Dalbello Lupo series (AX 120, AX HD, Pro HD). I don’t personally like the flex of these but that’s just me, these are very widely loved by all types of skiers around the world. They ski well and tour well. If you want the full range of motion, you’ll have to take the tongue out which is a fiddle factor that not everyone wants to deal with.
2. Lange XT3 120/130. These were redesigned completely for the 20/21 year. Still DualCore shells (harder plastic outside softer plastic that provides really good rebound and “suspension”), but the range of motion is way better and the boots are noticeably lighter than they were previously. If you like to ski hard as fuck these are a great option (if they fit).
3. Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD/XTD Prime. These boots are awesome and I keep saying it but @onenerdykid
snd the atomic team killed it. Probably the most versatile boots ever IMO. As light as a dedicated touring boot, stiff as a true 130 boot, great range of motion, and a completely customizable shell and liner for one of the best fits in the game. Gripwalk only so if you have older bindings it’s a no go. Fit is really skinny and it takes a decent bootfitter to get the best of the customization but that’s a great (and more expensive) option.
4. Salomon Shift. These were redesigned by Salomon this year to replace the QST series (thank god). The fit and ROM are both much better and they’re very capable boots.
These are just a few, obviously try some stuff on and see what makes your foot happy. If you have any more questions feel free to PM me!