Ultimately, all AT boots are built with one of two priorities: the Up or the Down. For those more focused on the down, the Black Diamond Shiva boot is a very good choice.
The ZipFit GARA liner offers a rare blend of durability, performance, and comfort, rather than forcing you to pick just one.
The SCARPA Gea is an AT boot that is exceptionally good for touring, hiking, and scrambling. The more you care about going up, the more you ought to take a look.
The Nordica Fire Arrow F1 nicely optimizes lateral stability and on-edge feedback, but caters to a different sort of skier than other popular 3-piece boots do.
Consider this a Must Read: Marshal Olson’s review of the Lange XT contains an important discussion about boot materials that everyone who skis ought to understand.
The Atomic Redster Pro 130 is no joke. It is powerful and precise, and if skiing to you is about high speeds and high edge angles, you ought to check these out.
The 2013 Dalbello Kr Two Pro boot has been significantly overhauled for 2013, giving the three-piece vs. overlap shell debate an exciting new talking point.
The SCARPA Maestrale RC boot has been flying under the radar a bit, though with all it has going for it, we’re not sure why. It definitely deserves a serious look.
Lange created the XT 130 LV to “deliver the performance of a competition boot” in an all-mountain/freeride boot with a walk mode. Did they pull it off?
Marshal Olson’s primary goal in life is to find a ski boot that truly performs like a race boot with a walk mode. The new Tecnica Cochise Pro Light comes very close. It’s a long story. You should read it.
Our fourth and final boot for Las Leñas? The Nordica Firearrow F1, a 3-piece design with a 100mm last for skiers who don’t have ballerina-sized feet.
The Krypton Pro certainly isn’t a stranger to the 3-piece boot market, but the 2013 Krypton Two KR Pro has been significantly re-hauled for 2013. We’ve been eager to check out a pair since trying the boots on at SIA, so we’ve brought them to Las Leñas.
Also with us in Las Leñas, the new Lange XT 130 LV, a freeride alpine boot with a walk mode. In short, Lange is calling it a high-performance alpine boot that climbs, and we’re here to see if it lives up to the expectations.
In addition to the 13 pairs of skis that we’ve brought to Las Leñas, we figured we might as well bring some boots, too. Here are the boots that we’ve been slinging over our shoulders and backpacks through airports and bus stations, and the boots we got on snow for the first time yesterday. First up, the 12/13 Atomic Redster Pro 130.
Skeptical about custom liners? Even if you think your stock setup ain’t broke, you might want to fix it anyway. Read on to learn why.
While reviewing the Intuition Dreamliner, John Gwynn makes a few vital mistakes and learns some important lessons about boot fitting. Considering your first after-market, custom boot liner? Read, learn, don’t repeat.
With a good balance of weight and stability, the 2011-2012 Dynafit Gaia AT boot makes touring a breeze without sacrificing downhill performance.
Custom liners can enhance the performance you’re getting from your ski boots. Here, Marshal Olson breaks down the pros and cons of four Intuition liners to help you determine which might be right for you.
The 2011-2012 Lange RS 110 S.C. is a great boot that blends race boot performance with surprising comfort and playfulness.
The 2011-2012 Tecnica Viva Inferno Crush boot is a comfortable, easily adjustable, stiff women’s boot that favors aggressive skiers.