It’s time to compare two of the most aggressive boots in their respective platforms – the Scarpa (75mm) T-Race and the Scarpa (NTN) Tx Comp.
For any telemark skier looking to jump to NTN bindings, the boot is an important part of your decision. In this 2-part review, we first discuss NTN boots in general.
The Salomon X-Pro 120 alpine boot has a heat moldable, customizable shell that offers a very impressive mix of comfort, forgiveness, and performance.
The redesigned Black Diamond Shiva Mx is a comfortable touring boot that puts a premium on downhill performance.
We take a first look at the La Sportiva Spectre, one of the most adjustable (and inexpensive) quality AT boots on the market.
Reviewer Marshal Olson’s search for the perfect alpine boot might be over.
The Quest BC 120 is an excellent do-it-all boot for those who want a solid alpine boot that does well touring.
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.