The first day of the OR Show kicked off today in Solitude at the outdoor gear demo. It’s safe to say this is again the year of the boot!
Atomic, Fischer, K2, Scarpa, Dynafit, LaSportiva, Black Diamond, Tecnica and Scott all have tech compatible boots for 13/14. I’m probably missing a brand, sorry about that, whomever — Crispi perhaps, or Dalbello?
Brief boot review:
I was able to ski these boots for one day at Snowbird on hard surfaces under bluebird skies with the a temperature of 20 degrees in the morning subsequently warming up to 40 degrees in the afternoon. I was paired up with a Kastle BMX 108 in a 188 length.
For the morning I was in the Pebax version with Intuition liner and switched over to the PU version in the afternoon. The majority of our runs were down Snowbird’s Mineral Basin in hard-charging style(following Davenport nonetheless). I had the boots buckled to the max on my forefoot and very close to that on the upper buckles. I would definitely say these boots are aimed at your slackcountry/resort charger that puts in hikes every now and then. That being said, I did not tour in them or hike in them at any point throughout the day. At lunch I switched over to the PU version, while keeping my original Intution liner from the morning boot. Immediately I noted that it felt roomier as did several others who swapped at lunch. I believe it was the liner packing and molding but can’t truly be sure.