All-Mountain Ski Boot for 2007

Is there such a beast...? I am searching for a ski boot which I can use both on and off piste, skinning and walking. In short an All Mountain ski boot. I ski approximately 70% off-piste, 30% on piste and use the new Fritschi Freeride Plus bindings. I am confused by the number of boots which appear to do pretty much the same thing and being a pretty green novice. I would appreciate some advice on what to shortlist.

The Garmont versus Scarpa debate is one thing, but there are a lot of boots in these manufacturers stables. Looking at Garmont the Adrenaline, Dynamite, Endorphine Mg-g-fit, Mega lite, Mega Ride seem to fit the bill. Scarpa has the Denali, F1 Thermo, Spirit 3, Tornado Thermo etc. but how to decide between each boot?

Maybe someone has some links to other places where I can get some more information or reviews. I have found a lot of articles on Pistehors which are very helpful. However some models seem to have changed for this season.

When it comes to boots, I don’t mind spending as long as I get comfort and top quality. I currently have HEAD boots with Comformable liners and sole. These are due for replacement, hence the quest for an all-purpose ski boot for this season.

I have looked on both websites. The slight problem with some manufacturers descriptions IMO, is that they forget to just give the basic information in advance of the marketing blurb. Thats why the Pistehors articles are of such value.

Any guidance will be appreciated.

Posted by on Tuesday, 03 October, 2006 at 06:17 PM

I’ve not skied the Denali but everone who has says it is a very good ski boot. The fourth buckle could give you better hold around the foot and ankle. If you don’t need Dynafit compatibility then the Denali would be a good choice, if you can still find shops with them in stock.

Posted by davidof on  Friday, 10 November, 2006  at 10:46 AM

I have used Denalis for about 5/6 years, they are great boots, so much better than my earlier Dynafits. But, this year I have got a pair of Scarpa Spirit 4. IMO it knocks the socks off the Denali. With the black tongue it is seriously stiff boot perfect for off-piste use and with the the green tongue it is perfect for touring. I found that with the green tongue the overall stiffness/ performance was comparable with the Denali, but a notch or two higher with the black tongue fitted. I have also had Conformable foam injected inners made for my boots and it takes the performance a level higher still. I think this boot will see my skiiing days out. Absolutely the DB’s and it means I can use le tech bindings again without the penalty of soft non-performing boots.

Posted by  on  Sunday, 07 January, 2007  at 08:21 PM

With the idea of getting more into ski mountaineering, I have purchase the Garmont Adrenalins...though they havn’t yet arrived and it’s not too late to make changes.  I’d like to be able to ski 50 degree chutes and huck the odd 20+ foot cliff, while also being able to climb and stay out in the backcountry for a couple days.  Did I go with the right boot?  I was thinking of putting them on some 180 verdicts and fritschis....

Posted by  on  Wednesday, 17 January, 2007  at 09:58 PM

Hi Dan,

Personally I would have thought the Adrenalin would be an ideal boot for that kind of use. Ideal with the Fritschis too. This year’s Adrenalin is pretty much state of the art in stiff touring boots… it is a bit lighter than the newer Endorphin too if you are touring. After that it depends what fits your feet best.

On the horizon Scarpa are bringing out the Hurricane for next season which is pretty much an alpine boot with a tour mode.

Posted by davidof on  Friday, 19 January, 2007  at 03:12 PM

FREERANDO BOOTS ....... I wish I had known about these boots before ....! Here’s my initial report.....

Following Davidof’s excellent advice and from reading a lot of the related articles here, I can confirm that I am the proud owner/wearer of a pair of Scarpa Tornados. I got shod by the ‘Smallzookeeper’ at Footworks in Chamonix. Definitely one of the best bootfitters and one to keep a note of. I went without any preconceptions, but with a shortlist of boots to try. The Tornado suited my foot best and after some 5 hours of fitting, thermo liners and tweeking (This on his day off) I can honestly say they were sculpted to my feet.

On the mountain I have now used them for over two weeks of very intensive use and they still fit like a glove - do them up in the morning - undo them in the evening - that’s it..! In my opinion, there is only a very slight performance difference with alpine boots. On steep terrain I sometimes tighten up a little more - probably more so in the afternoons, but they are lighter, warmer and more adaptable than any alpine boot I have worn. I am particularily impressed with the ankle strap which really gets the feet sitting perfectly in the boot.

One thing I would say to any prospective buyers - try out the range of manufacturers and boots and go for the one that fits and suits your feet best, rather than aiming for a particular boot straight away. Most of these freerando boots will deliver high performance, but there are fairly big differences in the various shells and comfort & fit should be the watchword.

Posted by  on  Friday, 19 January, 2007  at 03:59 PM
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