Women’s Dynafit One – WildSnow Girl Boot Review


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | October 31, 2013      
First course in the Dolomites

The dish of the day. Women's Dynafit ONE ready to picnic in the Dolomites.

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.

Signature Dynafit cuff rotation

Signature Dynafit cuff rotation


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.”

As we've preached before, bootfitting is key

As we've preached before, the bootfitting process is essential. Bob Egeland, of Boulder Orthodics worked the moldable liners with his master's touch.

After molding, the heel pocket is obvious

After molding, a heel pocket indent is formed which helps keep the heel snug. No sloppy fit here.

quickstepin

Even with the 'Quick Step In' grove, it still can be tricky to slip into a tech binding. Be sure the fittings are clear of snow and check for ice under the toe.

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.

Thermo moldable liner, thick and sturdy

Thermo moldable liner by Palau of France, tongue and lace-up style.

“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!”

Follow those kitties

Taking the kitties out to play.

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34 Responses to “Women’s Dynafit One – WildSnow Girl Boot Review”

  1. Sue October 31st, 2013 9:48 am

    I almost got the Mercurys but bought the Ones because they were cheaper and lighter. I haven’t been disappointed. Good boots!

  2. Haley October 31st, 2013 11:24 am

    With my wide foot, the TLT5s never worked but I always wanted a pair. I’m interested in the Ones but for $100 bucks more I could get the TLT6s. Question: is the toe box in the TLT6 narrow like the TLT5 or is it the new mold of the Ones? and is there a noticeable difference in stiffness between 6 or Ones?

  3. Lisa Dawson October 31st, 2013 12:24 pm

    Haley,
    The One is wider than the TLT6. A pair is one its way to WildSnow HQ so look for a WildSnow Girl review in December.

  4. Kent October 31st, 2013 2:53 pm

    We took the lower buckle off my wife’s Ones to save weight and they ski just as well for her. Her favorite all around AT boot so far.

  5. Jeff October 31st, 2013 5:08 pm

    My wife has a pair of 23.0 that she’s selling. They are in amazing condition. Located in BC. $350 if anyone is interested.

  6. Joe Szasz October 31st, 2013 5:16 pm

    These are some sexy boots.

  7. XXX_er October 31st, 2013 5:36 pm

    I think the liners in dynafit boots are actualy made by Palau and they didn’t work for my foot so I bought intuition liners

  8. Dane October 31st, 2013 11:09 pm

    Same thought..Palau or Dynafit liners but not Intuiition. Weboth got very good a fit with little effort molding the liners. My Wife really like hers as do I. ONE is a great boot. Sleeper of the Dynafit line imo.

  9. Lou Dawson November 1st, 2013 5:39 am

    Kent, indeed, especially the shorter boots may not need that lower buckle over the toes. Depends on the width of the foot as well as the boot fitting process. Some folks do like the feeling of cinching up that lower buckle — but that can be compensation for a poor fit. Lou

  10. Lisa November 1st, 2013 6:45 am

    XXXer and Dane,
    You’re right, the liners are made by Palau. Thanks for catching that. I edited the post and added a photo.

  11. EasTim November 1st, 2013 10:16 am

    Wow, 50 grams is light! 😉

  12. Christie November 1st, 2013 10:20 am

    Love to see the fem factor review. Keep it up Wild Snow Girls

  13. Dave November 1st, 2013 10:33 am

    Good review but where are the action shots of Julie? That girl can ski!

  14. Lisa Dawson November 1st, 2013 10:55 am

    Dave, every time I pointed the camera, she was covered in pow!

  15. Michael Finger November 1st, 2013 3:06 pm

    Kent,
    What does that lower buckle weight?, contemplating cutting mine off my Mercury’s,
    but I’m not sure if it’s worth the trouble. ….

  16. Water November 1st, 2013 4:21 pm

    Haley,

    Can’t speak to the women’s models but I can definitely tell you the last between the TLT and the One is different. I’ve got flat feet and no arches. The TLT5s just were a no-go for my feet. Same deal more or less with the TLT6’s, I need it wider much closer to the ankle than near the front of my foot.

    A 26.5 mens ONE fit much better than either a 26.5 or 27 TLT6.

  17. Frame November 2nd, 2013 3:55 am

    Could someone expand a little on the heel pocket indent and how that helps heel hold? I always have a bit of heel fit issues, so keen to hear more ideas.
    I see the liner has lace loops lower down then my titans. I got the local shoe repair place to sew in an extra set of loops on my liners.

  18. Etta @ Etta's Home Kitchen November 2nd, 2013 1:59 pm

    These boots look like they are worth a look after all.

  19. XXX_er November 3rd, 2013 12:37 pm

    Its my understanding the Dynafit ONE is the equivalent of the Maestrale/GEA or Cosmo/Celeste in terms of performance ?

    It used to be counting the number of buckles on a boot would give a clue as to how it will performs … not anymore

  20. Joe K November 3rd, 2013 2:18 pm

    Yes, Eas Tim, 50 grams seems pretty light to me too 😳

  21. Lou Dawson November 3rd, 2013 8:53 pm

    XXX, yes, I think you’re correct. The idea with Dynafit One is that it uses the same cuff articulation (terrific) as TLT5/6, but has a DIN sole, a bit more volume in the forefoot, and a higher cuff that makes it feel more “alpine” like. That’s my take, anyhow. Really nice boots. But so are the Maestrale RS. If it was me, I’d pick by doing a shell fit. Tossup. Lou

  22. XXX_er November 4th, 2013 5:03 pm

    I agree they are all good boots so its about the fit , I found the Scarpa didn’t have enough fore-foot volume, the garmont might have worked but I didn’t even try it on after reading about the funky fittings last season SO I got the Mercury which is suposed to fit like the ONE

  23. Ellen November 18th, 2013 7:12 pm

    if you like this boot, but wish it was a bit stiffer for ski area world or tricky downhill performance in the backcountry, I recommend the Dynafit Mercurys. I LOVE these boots. It appears to me that the Mercurys are similar to the ONES but the big difference being you have the option to insert a stiff tongue in the mercurys for better downhill performance. I often ski them without the tongues (which makes them more like the ONES) and they ski great without the tongues as well. In fact, I skied without the tongues for most of last summer in some steep terrain – but mostly because I did not feel like carrying the tongues and I was lazy. So far this winter I have been skiing down with tongues inserted since it seems to help my out of shape ski legs.

  24. trine January 5th, 2014 11:59 am

    Hi, I am considering Dynafit one px or Dynafit tlt6 cr. I am however having trouble with cold feet and am wondering if there are any difference when it comes to warmth in the liners used in these two boots? Are the Dynafit One 2013/2014 warmer than the previous Dynafit One model? Thanks a lot!

  25. Lou Dawson January 5th, 2014 3:51 pm

    Trine, it’s more a function of fit. The TLT6 is low-volume in the toe area, so if your feet are average to larger volume, when you mold the liner compresses the liner and makes them colder. ONE boot is a bit less so. Thus, it’s probably about the same warmth in a good fit, but if much liner molding is required the ONE is probably a bit warmer. Rather than guessing from the once-removed info we can give you here, please try to retain the services of a good ski shop and boot fitter to figure out what’s best for you. Lou

  26. trine January 7th, 2014 11:25 am

    Hi, thanks for your advice. I will try to get hold of both boots and try them on. Trine

  27. harpo January 15th, 2014 11:01 pm

    Do the women’s mercury or Scarpa Gea tour any better the One? My finance is in the market for her first pair of AT boots and she tried on the One. She liked the fit and flex but said they felt a little clunky. The TLT6 is out as they are too narrow for her. I am thinking that the Ones are as unclunky as most (non-race) AT boots gets and that she is just not used to how AT boots hike?

  28. Lou Dawson January 15th, 2014 11:09 pm

    Jeez Harpo, remember first rule of boots, buy what fits. All those boots tour about the same, get her what fits the best. Unless she has years of experience, she’s not going to be able to figure out how a boot tours by trying it on in a store! BUT, if she developed a pre conceived notion about a boot not feeling right, it’s of course out of the running. Can’t fight that. Lou

  29. Greg Louie January 16th, 2014 9:22 am

    Harpo, have her re-think the TLT6, it has the most anatomically streamlined shape and best ROM of the boots you mention by a good margin. It’s way too narrow for my foot out of the box, but it punches easily – just be careful not to overheat.

  30. Dan January 16th, 2014 1:09 pm

    Harpo,

    I have both the ONE and the TLT6P boots. Both had to be punched out in the forefoot and I am happy with the fit of both boots now. I bought the ONE last year …put about 30 days on them. I was satisfied and did not think I would be buying any other AT boots for a while (I have a pair of TLT5Ps that I use for spring and summer ski mountaineering). A few weeks ago I was cruising a ski shop and accepted a challenge to try the TLT6Ps. I immediately liked the feel of the 6…probably the weight difference helped. I used the 6s for one day and had them punched. I love those puppies, which is a very good thing because of the cost. Skinning w/o the tongues is a dream in the 6s, almost as good as the 5s and I do not need the tongues for POW. I do, however, carry the stiffer set of tongues…just in case. Hiking in the 6s is probably pretty good too. IMO the 5s hike better and I will stick with them for the late spring/summer outings where hiking is a sig. part of the tour. The ONEs have been demoted to auxiliary status. Like Lou says, the 6s are easily punched, which is good because I have problem feet. If your fiancé is willing to spend the extra $, take a serious look at the 6s. FWIW: I like to lace my liners, which is a pain to do with the ONEs. Managing the lacing with the 6s is much easier than with the ONEs.

  31. Dane February 14th, 2014 3:34 pm

    Wanted to add some info for the community on the ladies version and ONE in general. Apologise for the link Lou but thought it might help some fitting the ONE for women and weigh savings in general on the ONE.

    http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-dynafit-one-px-tf-ski-boot-rich-man.html

  32. hapro January 8th, 2015 10:30 am

    Thanks for the advice, everyone. We got a great deal on the One so that is what we went with. However, we are having fitting problems I need some more advice about.

    With a couple of mods, the Ones fit Kate great for touring. She has had a couple of 5 plus hour days in them and she says they are comfortable.

    We are having a problem with them in ski mode, however. When the top buckle is buckled tight enough for good skiing performance, her calf hurts. I am not sure if this is bite from the top of the boot cuff, or muscle fatigue from being in to far forward a forward lean position. Kate also complains her quads hurt because in ski mode the Ones don’t let her stand upright enough, and our boot fitter looked at her downhill boots (which she loves) and confirmed they have a less aggressive forward lean position than the Ones. I have confirmed that the forward lean on the boots is adjusted to the most upright of the two positions. I am not sure if the boots force her into too aggressive a forward lean position or are too tight around her calves, or a combination of the two.

    Lou, didn’t you have a blog post on major surgery on a pair of women’s ones to make room for low, muscular calves (Kate has gotten complements on hers……)? I couldn’t find that post in your archives; could you direct me to it? Do you think something like this would help in Kate’s situation?

    Or is the problem with Kate’s technique and she just needs to get used to a more aggressive position? She is a intermediate skier.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. We have a good boot fitter we are working with but I would like some ideas to suggest as we have been to see him a few times.

  33. Lisa Dawson January 8th, 2015 9:55 pm

    Harpo,
    I have big calves. Lou hot water molds my liners to compress the back. This eases the aggressive position a bit and helps to eliminate the pinch. Hope this is helps.

    https://www.wildsnow.com/7008/hot-water-molding-intuition-liners/

  34. hapro January 12th, 2015 5:27 pm

    Thanks.

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