Nothing is more important than a good ski touring boot to avoid turning a dream into a nightmare! Discover with Alpinstore a wide range of ski touring boots.
The ski touring boot market has become full of new products that are more and more technical, and that's good. The amateurs find themselves there and the newcomers who are initiating themselves do it in perfect technological conditions. To choose your ski touring boots, it is necessary to think about your skier's profile and practice. Then, for competition or walking, the weight and rigidity of ski touring boots will be important. Finally, the type of hook and the price. All this with a perfect comfort of the foot, that's why we propose the best ski touring boots for men but also the best women's models for an adapted choice!
In ski touring boots, there are light and competition boots with 1 or 2 hooks. Then there are the classic ski touring boots with 3 hooks that offer a good compromise between their weight, stability and price. The boots for performance in competition are designed with 4 hooks. They are very similar to alpine ski boots. The criteria to consider are the level and profile of the skier. That is, the ability to be a versatile skier who does 40% uphill and 60% downhill or vice versa. You will be oriented towards a boot with 3 or 4 hooks.
The free rando models:
This is the skier who particularly likes the downhill with a ratio of 30% uphill and 70% downhill. He should choose a pair of ski touring boots with 4 hooks. The expert skier, the one who likes above all his 80% of ascents and descends only on 20% of his practice can ski with all types of ski touring boots. He will choose light ski touring boots with 2 efficient buckles. The competitor will make 90% of ascents for 10% of descents with, at the foot, light ski touring boots with 1 buckle. The Lupo model from the Italian brand Dalbello is a good example of free rando boots. For a versatile model for both uphill and downhill, Tecnica offers several interesting models.
The heavier the skier, the more rigid the ski touring boots with 4 hooks. If your skis are rigid or on the contrary flex you should choose a pair of ski touring boots with the same characteristics. In general, ski touring boots are lighter than alpine boots, thanks to a more systematic use of carbon. However, this has side effects: more expensive than other materials, it is also less resistant to impact than plastic. The rapid development of ski touring in recent years has prompted manufacturers to constantly innovate, to offer equipment that is ever more solid and ever lighter.Lightness and solidity are what characterize models from Scarpa that offers confidence in ascending and descending.
Major element of the ski touring boot, it is preferable to thermoform it to fit the shape of the foot. The thermoforming of the liner can be done at your request in the store or more automatically during the first few outings. However, it does not guarantee the absence of pain: if unpleasant sensations appear at the fitting or after thermoforming the boot, it is better to continue the search until you find the boot that will bring you only comfort and no discomfort. As with any ski boot, pay particular attention to the size of the boot, which gives a reference for the width of the boot at the metatarsal level. Skiers with thin feet will opt for a fit of 96 to 100 mm at the meta while athletes with wide feet will turn more to a fit of 100 to 104 mm.
The sensations provided by the uphill position are extremely important in the choice of a ski touring boot. Indeed, the hiker spends much more time climbing than descending, so the slightest discomfort on the way up can be absolutely deleterious for the sportsman. Be sure to evaluate the collar's ability to move: once in the uphill position, walking for a long time with your boots on allows you to evaluate the pressure of the tibia on the collar and its amplitude. The slightest pain should mean trying on another model. Also keep in mind that the shoe settles with use: when you try on the shoe, you should feel held, but not squeezed.
There are also versatile models that are both alpine ski and ski touring. Find all our models of alpine ski boots.