Editor’s note: Since the word ‘One’ as a boot name can be confusing, we are writing it all caps in this review. We don’t intend to be shouting in your ear. We’re just trying to make our writing easier to read.
“Having been a ski mountaineer for over 30 years, it’s all about the way my ski touring boots fit, tour & ski. You can pretty much enjoy any ski nowadays, but boots have to be right on the money with comfort and performance. The Dynafit ONE fully blew me away with both,” says WildSnow Girl Julie Kennedy who travels miles up and down backcountry snow slopes each year.
Like the men’s version, the women’s Dynafit ONE is designed as an all in one boot: light for enjoyable uphilling yet stiff for downhill control. Dynafit took the TLT-5 form factor, eliminated the metatarsal flex feature, widened the toe box, added a bit of rigidity, but kept the fabulous range of cuff rotation.
Julie, “Going up gets more and more challenging the older I get, so ski touring in a boot with profound ankle articulation — not to mention lightness — has changed my uphill world. The effort out is so much more enjoyable in my ONE’s.”
A singular top buckle both closes shell and latches for downilling, offering either a 15 or 18 degree lean lock. The ONE comes with an thermomoldable liner with a thin layer of rubber on the sole, handy when you use them as hut booties. In addition to tech fittings, the sole works in standard “frame” touring bindings as well, and is slightly rockered for easy walking. Our test boot, size 25 (women’s 8.5) weighed in at 50 grams per boot including Dynafit’s stock Intuition liner, just a bit heavier than our size 25 TLT-5 at 42 ounces.
“I will say, if Dynafit could improve one thing with the ONE’s performance, it would be to make them even stiffer for ski area days. Overall though, for the fun part — the ski down — my ONE’s do it all, from dreamy blower powder, to turning on a dime on corn conditions. Hard slab is no longer my deal, you’ll have to get some young diva who’s sportin’ those 25 year old knees for that feedback!”
Shop for Dynafit One here.