Nothing is more important than a good hiking shoe so as not to turn dreams into nightmares! Discover with Alpinstore a wide range of ski touring boots.
The market for ski touring boots has become prolific in new and more technical innovations and that's good. Amateurs are finding their way around and newcomers who are just starting out are doing so in perfect technological conditions. To choose your ski touring boots, it is necessary to think about your skier profile and your practice. Then, for the competition or the walk, the weight and the rigidity of the ski touring boots will have their importance. Finally, the type of hook and the price. All this with a perfect comfort of the foot that is why we propose the best hiking boots for men but also the best women's models for an adapted choice!
In ski touring boots, there are lightweight and competition boots with 1 or 2 hooks. Then come the classic ski touring boots with 3 hooks that offer a good compromise between weight, stability and price. Boots for competition performance are designed with 4 hooks. They are very similar to alpine ski boots. The criteria to be taken into account are the level and profile of the skier. I.e. the ability to be a versatile skier who does 40% of ascents and 60% of descents or vice versa. You will be looking for a boot with 3 or 4 hooks.
The free rando models :
This is the skier who particularly likes downhill skiing with a ratio of 30% ascents and 70% descents. He will have to prefer a pair of ski touring boots with 4 hooks. The expert skier, the one who likes above all his 80% of ascents and only descends on 20% of his practice can ski with all types of ski touring boots. He will choose light touring ski boots with 2 high-performance buckles. The competitor will do 90% of ascents for 10% of descents with light cross-country ski boots with 1 buckle. The Lupo model from the Italian brand Dalbellois a good example of free hiking boots. For a versatile model for both uphill and downhill skiing Tecnica offers several interesting models
The higher the weight of the skier, the more he has to wear rigid touring ski boots with 4 support hooks. If your skis are rigid or on the contrary flex, you should go for 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, carbon has side effects: it is more expensive than other materials and is also less impact resistant than plastic. However, the rapid development of ski touring in recent years has encouraged manufacturers to constantly innovate, in order to offer equipment that is ever stronger and ever lighter.Lightness and solidity are what characterize the ski touring industry. the models of the Scarpa brand which offers insurance on the way up and down.
A major element of the ski touring boot, it is preferable to thermoform it in order to fit the shape of the foot as well as possible. The thermoforming of the boot can be done on your request at the shop or more automatically during the first outings. However, it does not guarantee the absence of pain: if unpleasant sensations appear when trying on or after thermoforming the liner, it is better to continue research until you find the liner that will bring you comfort and no discomfort. As with any ski boot, pay particular attention to the volume of the model's footwear, which gives a reference for the width of the boot at the metatarsal level. Skiers with thin feet will opt instead for fits of 96 to 100 mm at the metatarsals, while sportsmen with wide feet will turn more to fits 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 going up than down, so the slightest discomfort on the way up can be absolutely deleterious for the sportsman. Make sure you evaluate the collar's ability to move: once in the ascent position, walking for a long time with the boots allows you to evaluate the pressure of the shin on the collar and the amplitude of the collar. The slightest pain should mean trying on another model. Also keep in mind that the shoe settles with use: when trying on, if you need to feel held, you should not feel tight.