Dynafit Presents TLT-7 Boot and Carbonio Package Line for 2016


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | January 6, 2016      
The shark -- Dynafit Carbonio TLT7.

The shark — Dynafit Carbonio TLT7.

Well well, the only way Dynafit could keep me quiet about this years tour-de-force of the Snow Leopard’s ski touring gear was to lock me up on a Greek airplane where internet access is not even a concept. But I’m finally here with Louie in Greece at Dynafit’s annual press event, coinciding with the OR show in Utah (where Lisa is holding up the WildSnow flag along with guest bloggers Rachel and Coop).

Dynafit appears to have circled their wagons, while at the same time leading a charging foray into the wilderness of ski gear innovation. Business 101 when you’re a leader being chased? Best example: Check out the absolutely fascinating TLT-7 boot. And wait, there is more…and…yes Virginia we are going skiing in Greece.

TLT-7 fascinates, talk about a stripped down machine!

TLT-7 fascinates, talk about a stripped down machine!

Press release edited and condensed:
Reduced to the bare necessities: That’s what the footwear developers at DYNAFIT are saying about the introduction of the new TLT 7 ski touring boot. New TLT 7 Performance weighs a mere 1,010 grams. Plus, it “moves” more efficiently with its new toe design called the “Speed Nose” and with the toe fittings set back for a more ergonomic rearward pivot. Not only that, the boot allows users to adjust, open and close it with a single buckle – thus saving time and handling.

The TLT7 ski touring boot, available for the 2016-17 winter season, is the future of serious ski mountaineering. Aside from its lack of weight, developers emphasized more efficient handling. The re-engineered toes of the boot give it exemplary agility and maneuverability. The short lip without any sort of ski boot projection enables the pivot point to be set back to the pin binding attachment point: That significantly improves the ability to move comfortably on the ascent. (WildSnow comment, it will be interesting to see what happens with crampons, as we expect spikes that utilize the tech fittings a the toe instead of needed a classic welt-ledge for attachment.)

Open. Close, Walk, Ski: The Ultra Lock 3.0 Closure System combines all needed adjustments into one buckle. The system allow users with one lever to open and close the boot, as well as change between walk and ski modes. That saves you weight, handling, time and parts that can wear out.

Lastly, the boot is impressive looking with its simplicity. A trimmed back design doesn’t, however, just mean a sleek appearance. It also cuts back on exposed closures and components to avoid snagging, catching or undesired adjustments while moving. At the same time, fewer frills mean lower weight and less frictional resistance. When it comes to downhill performance, the use of a so-called Lambda Frame results in a more rugged shell and higher shaft strength. Fiberglass is used to reinforce areas put under more stress, while areas that need less have fewer reinforcements and therefore offer more flexibility. The boot will come with the new DYNAFIT Masterstep Insert that enables easier entry. The new insert allows maximum loads that can occur with Freeride bindings when they are set to a maximum DIN release value of Z16.

The Carbino Boot, a mean, black, carbon infused version of the TLT 7. Only available in Select Retailers.

The Carbonio Boot, a mean, black, carbon infused version of the TLT 7. Only available in Select Retailers.

The "Masterstep" is an evolution of the front Dynafit tech insert. It uses a raised steel ridge to guide the boot into the binding. It's similar to the inserts currently used in Scarpa and Dynafit boots, but is more pronounced. Reportedly it makes stepping into Dynafit bindings much easier.

The “Masterstep” is an evolution of the front Dynafit tech insert. It uses a raised steel ridge to guide the boot into the binding. It’s similar to the inserts currently used in Scarpa and Dynafit boots, but is more pronounced. Reportedly it makes stepping into Dynafit bindings much easier.

TLT7 riveted tongue.  The round green button is a micro tension adjuster.

TLT7 riveted tongue. The round green button is a micro tension adjuster.

TLT7 Performance, shell Grilamid and Titantex fiber, cuff, Titantex fiber.

TLT7 Performance, shell Grilamid and Titantex fiber, cuff, Titantex fiber.

For the ladies, TLT7 Expedition, shell Grilamid, cuff Grilamid and carbon.  Stated weight, 999g in size 27.5.  Available for women in sizes 22.5 to 27.5.

For the ladies, TLT7 Expedition, shell Grilamid, cuff Grilamid and carbon. Stated weight, 999g in size 27.5. Available for women in sizes 22.5 to 27.5.

Men's TLT7 Expedition.

Men’s TLT7 Expedition.

Crampn adapter for the TLT7 shark nose.

Crampn adapter for the TLT7 shark nose.

Carbonio Insulated Jacket

Carbonio Insulated Jacket

Call it the charge of the carbon brigade. I’ve been waiting for a company to use more of the main diamond ingredient in their products as well as their marketing. Carbon is just such brilliant stuff, whether black or shiny. So, what Dynafit did is they expanded their “Carbonio” product line to more than a ski.

Carbonio Press Release, edited and condensed:

With the Carbonio ski touring line, ski touring brand DYNAFIT is breaking new ground. Our development approach: to demonstrate the potential in the ski touring segment using premium materials, technical processes and unusual concepts. The line will outfit ski touring athletes from head to toe and will be available as of September 2016 at select specialty retailers.

1.Carbonio Premium — insulated jacket for colder days

One slick lightweight piece: Dynafit offers a surprising package for the coming winter season with a 260-gram-light insulated jacket that promises superior warmth with its extraordinary material mix. Carbon particles added to the synthetic fiberfill combined with a Pertex Quantum® outer shell and a three-quarter zip make for a truly special style.

Instead of a classic down fill, DYNAFIT fabric developers opted for a high-tech synthetic fill. Why? Because the fibers blended with carbon particles reflect the body’s own heat and create efficient insulation. The warmth to weight is thus significantly improved compared to other insulated jackets of the same type when it comes to weight and thickness. In addition, the synthetic fill offers easier care and is also more durable and longer lasting than down – a strong benefit with intensive use in the mountains.

A further reason for the use of synthetic fibers is breathability. The highest possible breathability and permeability in an outer shell is better achieved in combination with synthetic fibers than with a down fill. In other words: A synthetic fill promises a very breathable jacket.

At 260 grams, DYNAFIT has achieved the lightness of being with the Carbonio insulated jacket. To reach that weight, fabric developers focused on trimming back necessary materials to the bare minimum. The highly water-resistant Pertex Quantum® outer shell is the most premium and lightest nylon available on the market today. It is also used as the lining fabric in the Carbonio jacket. The jacket’s highly water-resistant zipper stops at the navel. This serves to shave weight and also cuts down on too many overlapping zippers in a layering system. In addition, the elastic draw cords were trimmed down and ultralight nylon was used between the layers.

The chest pocket was intentionally kept small and designed only to hold your most important personal items to not add any additional weight to the lightweight piece. This insulating jacket can also be stowed in its own hood and can be stashed in the smallest corner of your pack during the ascent.

2. DYNAFIT CARBONIO 88 SKI: Downhill performance

The new Carbonio 88 ski model from DYNAFIT weighs barely over a kilo and offers the highest downhill performance. It will be available as of September 2016 at select specialty retail partners. This model with a waist of 88mm is made just for backcountry ski touring for athletic skiers: Its carbon construction lends high rigidity and responsiveness. The Carbonio 88 model features premium materials and an unusual design, and pulls from our many years of development expertise.

(Wildsnow note: Carbonio class of Dynafit skis begins retail this year with their 74 mm version, this 88 mm version will be available for 2016-2017. Louie skied on the 88 for two days here at Dynafit press event, one day with quite a bit of vertical on exceptionally varied snow. He’s working on a report.)

With an 88mm waist, the ski weighs barely over a kilo at a length of 167mm: The ratio of surface area to weight speaks for itself. The dimensions and reduced weight guarantee efficiency on the ascent and outstanding downhill performance. Micro sidewall construction the full length of the ski ensures efficient and direct power transmission to the edges. The use of a reinforcing carbon layer across the entire width of the ski increases rigidity and decreases chatter. This gives the ski stability and crucially precise edging on steep terrain and in icy conditions. Proven 3D carbon construction works overtime to absorb energy from impacts and thus optimizes ski handling.

With its Dual Radius Construction – a combination of a large front radius and a small rear radius – the ski has a neutral turn initiation and exit, also saving energy on wide, sweeping turns. In addition, the model has a light rocker construction at the shovel and tail, especially designed to reduce the self-steering effect on difficult terrain and increase the fun and ease in carving turns.

This model is available in four lengths (158/167/176/184).

3. TLT7 CARBONIO: Next Generation Ski Touring — 990 grams

This special edition of the TLT7 ski touring boot weighs just 990 grams. (WildSnow: According to the Dynafit folks here in Greece, Carbonio trims grams by using more carbon in the cuff, which on the Performance models of TLT 6&7 still has some regular plastic. Also, the Carbonio boot is black. Black is back? We’ll ski or at least carpet test the TLT7 tomorrow and file more impressions. Other than the Carbonio being lighter and a different color, it has all the other features of TLT7 described above. )

The Carbonio color and carbon themed gear from Dynafit also includes a helmet, ski pole and backpack. All look nice and combine various degrees of innovation with their black and green colorway.

After checking out the TLT7 versions, I’m at a bit of a loss to pick the most disruptive features, but the lack of a power strap and including of a cable actuated “one motion” buckle system is probably key. That despite the overall rad appearance of the boot with it’s bullet-head toe box. Or? A few years ago I did a proof-of-concept blog post detailing how we through-bolted the tech fitting to the heel of a ski boot. It took Dynafit a while to catch on to the hint, but the TLT7 heel fitting is molded into the shell and attached with a screw from the inside of the boot. It’s so strong you can use a Beast binding without the fiddly adapter we’ve been fiddling with now for a couple of years. That is one strong tech fitting.

That’s all for now, we have clear skies and snow here in Samarina, Greece. I just ate a literal ton of sheep, lamb, goat and pork. I’m going to bed. You know how it is in Italy, when you have a set number of courses in a meal? Nice to have caloric certainty. Different here. Apparently, if you keep sitting at a table in Greece, and clean your plate, they just keep bringing food. I wish I’d read that in the tourist guide, would have saved me a lot of digestion pills. I just pray that tomorrow I can ski instead of crawl after the feed we escaped only moments ago.



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73 Responses to “Dynafit Presents TLT-7 Boot and Carbonio Package Line for 2016”

  1. Jason January 6th, 2016 12:09 pm

    I don’t buy the part about reducing wear-out failures by introducing a one-buckle system:
    “That saves you weight, handling, time and parts that can wear out.”

    There still needs to be a mechanism for the ankle closure, it’s just a bicycle cable buried in the cuff instead of a buckle on the outside of the shell. That doesn’t seem very field serviceable if there is a failure and doesn’t really cut back on the number of components that can fail.

    I don’t care for the Dynafit Ultralock system and am very happy to be back in a boot that decouples forward lean lock from the cuff buckle.

  2. SlabbyD January 6th, 2016 12:22 pm

    Looks like it came out of a La Sportiva Syborg mold…..(well except for the toe)

  3. See January 6th, 2016 12:40 pm

    Hasn’t the pivot point always been at the pin binding attachment point (linguistic nit pick)? Rick’s recent lesson suggests moving pivot point aft might improve vertical release function (DIN?). I wonder what happens when you swing your foot to clear ice from the sockets?

  4. Scott January 6th, 2016 1:01 pm

    Any data on the forefoot width for us big footers?

  5. Michal January 6th, 2016 1:16 pm

    Any data on the available sizes, especially for big footers? 😉

  6. Mark W January 6th, 2016 1:27 pm

    Lou/ Lisa/ Louie:

    Boot photo says “Carbino.” Did you mean Carbonio?

  7. Lou Dawson 2 January 6th, 2016 2:07 pm

    test

  8. TimZ January 6th, 2016 2:08 pm

    No crampon ledge in the front sounds like a huge oversight. All my crampons are fully auto, I don’t want to be getting new alu and steel crampons with a strap front just for these boots(if I ended up with them)

  9. Tim January 6th, 2016 2:16 pm

    Fully agree about the lack of crampon ledge being an oversight. This will automatically rule this boot out for many ski mountaineers I know…

  10. Martin January 6th, 2016 2:25 pm

    So along with your new shiny boots you can order new crampons. Wonder if they will be offered by Dynafit as well?

  11. ErikK January 6th, 2016 2:28 pm

    I read this and I am like man there’s some cool stuff coming from dynafit. I then sip some coffee, read the open snow report, and think man skiing powder is way more fun than thinking about the last tech options from dynafit or arcteryx. This stuff is kind of cool but thinking about grams of weight and new light skis just takes away from the fun of charging. I’ll stick to my dalbellos, my large on3p skis, and be happy that I have converted to tech after years of touring on dukes.

  12. etto January 6th, 2016 2:40 pm

    Normal front basket crampons should work fine? Wondering what the race option for crampons is going to be like. Both basket and tech inserts are more fiddly than the steel bar used today.

    More pics please!

  13. Stef January 6th, 2016 3:23 pm

    Hello guys, Dynafit will offer a specific item in order to adapt automatic crampons to the new TLT7 front. So there should be no issues for that. Cheers

  14. Paddy January 6th, 2016 3:23 pm

    Just got my hands on a pair at the OR on snow demo today. They have a special replacement crampon bail that goes both in front of and over the front of the toe (very slick). Actually looks quite bomber and secure. The boot itself was pretty good, but didn’t blow me away like the Arcteryx boot did.

  15. Ben W January 6th, 2016 4:05 pm

    How does the crampon adapter work?

  16. Ben W January 6th, 2016 4:07 pm

    And how much does it cost?

  17. Gavin January 6th, 2016 4:21 pm

    It looks like the tongue is attached – have they done any with the removable tongue? I’m assuming (from the top picture) that the long v-notch cut out of the tongue is to facilitate forward ROM; if that’s the case, it will be interesting to compare the downhill chops to the TLT6.

  18. TimZ January 6th, 2016 4:44 pm

    Stef, will the adapter modify the crampons? Or will it modify the boot? If it modifies the crampons that is ugly… will there be one for each model from all the relevant companies(BD, Petzl, Grivel, CAMP, etc)

    This is a very significant question, one which I hope will be thoroughly covered by the press releases/reviews

  19. Mike January 6th, 2016 7:08 pm

    The photo of the heel looks like it is compatible with the Trab TR2 binding. It would be great to see more progress with that binding. More compatible boot options would certainly help drive that.

  20. See January 6th, 2016 7:34 pm

    That 260 g jacket has achieved almost unbearable lightness (sorry). Looks like the carbon version of the TLT7 saves 20g. I wonder what they do to make the glass in the regular 7 look black.

  21. playinginthemountains January 6th, 2016 8:08 pm

    Looks like the closure system of the 7 uses the pull of the cuff closure to create a similar pull on the shoe closure. While I always like to consider new ways of solving a problem, this seems like a solution that could cause more problems than it solves. When touring I find it very helpful to bel able to separately adjust the closure pressure of the shoe and cuff based on terrain, and time in the boots. If that is not an option with this new system, the TLT7 would be a non-starter for me.

  22. TWM January 6th, 2016 10:51 pm

    Greece. Europe. You guys sure do burn a lot of jet fuel in the name of backcountry skiing. Hopefully there will some pow left over for rest of us when you’re done.

  23. See January 6th, 2016 11:43 pm

    Yeah, but aren’t you kind of curious? Tough job, but some ones gotta do it.

  24. TWM January 6th, 2016 11:48 pm

    *someone’s*

  25. Lou Dawson 2 January 6th, 2016 11:52 pm

    Having a bit of trouble with connectivity, so editing is going slow. Lisa is my savior but she’s busy at OR show. Perfect storm! And yes, we just had a big snow storm here in Greece so we are going to ski it, I think. Lou

  26. See January 7th, 2016 12:02 am

    Ok, but aren’t you?

  27. See January 7th, 2016 12:29 am

    I guess I should explain that “some ones gotta” means “someone has to,” and “yeah” means “yes.” And don’t start a sentence with “And.”

  28. Stef January 7th, 2016 1:04 am

    Hello guys, the crampon adapter should be an easy tool that connects to the clipin alu or steel toe attachment of your crampon and reaches over the TLT7 nose front part, fully adjustable. But don’t have more info on that at the moment, sorry.. maybe at OR and ISPO will be on display.

  29. Frame January 7th, 2016 6:18 am

    Hey that looks like some cool ideas being put into play and will be interesting to hear how they work. There’s plenty of other options if crampons are an issue.

    I’ll go out on a limb (yes, really pushing it here) but 3/4 zips are cool!

    Enjoy Greece boys and will we get a guess that Olive (if it’s not kalamata, I’m out)?

  30. Lou Dawson 2 January 7th, 2016 7:55 am

    Anyone having trouble with writing comments, and never seeing them appear? I”m getting that type of behavior from the website intermittently. Am trying to trouble shoot. Lou

  31. Lou Dawson 2 January 7th, 2016 8:14 am

    test 8 from Lou 2

  32. Lou Dawson 2 January 7th, 2016 8:16 am

    I’ve been getting some funny behavior with our comment system, if anyone is having trouble trying to put in a comment then not having it appear, let us know. Thanks, Lou

  33. Andy M. January 7th, 2016 9:19 am

    I’m really disappointed that they’re (apparently) going to great lengths to simplify the TLT model, yet discontinuing the popular Vulcan/Mercury line in favor of the more complicated Khion. From what I’ve read, the Khion skis like the Vulcan, but the Vulcan is just 3 buckles instead of 4, and one of those doubles as walk mode. The Vulcan also fits those of us without Bavarian gnome feet better.

  34. Christopher S January 7th, 2016 9:37 am

    Any significant change to the cuff rivet design?

  35. Ray January 7th, 2016 10:29 am

    Hi Lou, On my last couple of post I got an error message saying I already posted that message?

  36. Lou Dawson 2 January 7th, 2016 2:04 pm

    Hi Ray, our WordPress blogging software did an automatic update. That system is basically the worst thing I’ve ever experienced, but we’re kinda stuck with it. Problem is it tends to break things on a whim, such as our commenting system, for example while the website IT guy (me) is busy traveling.

    EVERYONE, follow good blog commenting practice and write your comments if possible in a separate local word processing environment, then copy/paste into the blog, rather than having faith the your comment will not be lost.

    Please please let us know if you try and leave a comment and you don’t see it.

    Lou

  37. Craig January 7th, 2016 2:47 pm

    Interested in the same things as Andy. Any word on the Vulcan/Khion side of things? Hoping for an easier liner to get in and out of on the Khion and perhaps a smoother walk but realize the 2nd part is not as easy as the first.

  38. Andy January 7th, 2016 4:27 pm

    The Khion walk mode isn’t nearly as good, particularly forward, as the Vulcan. I will absolutely be buying a backup Vulcan at some point this year. And the Khion w/the stock liner definitely isn’t easier to get into than the Vulcan w/stock liner.

  39. trollanski January 7th, 2016 10:54 pm

    Commented on the Khion in its article already. Super easy to get into if you treat it like a race boot at the beginning of your day. Put the liner on your foot, THEN slip into the shell with a little forward pressure to get past the heel pocket on the lower.
    Any boot is a compromise somewhere, and this boot designed to hold up to high performance skiing. If your not after that, don’t sacrifice your tourablity and get a boot that offers more uphill performance (thus giving up some downhill perf.)
    Another request for last width info….Have a D-foot, and no amount of boot work could get me into the ‘Snow Leopard Community” in the correct shell size during their last series.

  40. Lou Dawson 2 January 8th, 2016 7:32 am

    Re Khion, they renamed it for 2015-2016 due to a trademark conflict. It’s now the FT1, other than that the Dynafit folks tell me it’s the exact same boot as 2014-2015. Lou

  41. Stef January 8th, 2016 9:30 am
  42. Louie Dawson January 8th, 2016 10:08 am

    I just added a photo of the new “masterstep” inserts that Dynafit is using in their boots. It is a small evolution over current front inserts, designed to make stepping into the bindings easier.

  43. XXX_er January 8th, 2016 10:18 am

    Vulcan/Mercury fanboy here, pushing pretty hard I was JUST able to get into a Khion without taking the liner out of the shell

    I read the boa for the liner was not long enough(?) and had to be retro fitted on production boots, not a problem on the boots I tried

    The same size Khion as Vulcan would work for me, the Khion liner appears better than the Vulcan but its not intuition

    On a carpet test Khion definatley does not have the ROM of the Vulcan

  44. Lou Dawson 2 January 8th, 2016 12:13 pm

    XXer and all, I just want to clarify that the Vulcan and Mercury boots from Dynafit are for sure 100% discontinued. Lou

  45. Andy M. January 8th, 2016 12:25 pm

    Thanks Lou, I guess I’ve got to shop the spring clearance sales of the 2015 (dark green) Vulcan to stock up!

  46. Slim January 8th, 2016 7:08 pm

    That’s the first time I have ever heard anyone say that synthetic is more durable than down.
    My experience and every other article I have ever read says that down is vastly more durable than high loft synthetic insulation.

  47. Lou Dawson 2 January 8th, 2016 10:17 pm

    Slim, good on you for your careful reading. I’d agree, first time I’ve ever heard that. The breathability claim is true, but I’d like to see the proof about the Dynafit synthetic fill being more durable than down.

    Note. In my opinion if synthetic isn’t packed (stuffed) super tight, over and over again, it does endure just fine, and down can be damaged as well by leaving it tightly stuffed, especially when damp.

    Lou

  48. CHRIS January 9th, 2016 10:26 am

    LOOKING at the back of the boot, it appears you can still have lower shell tightened down but upper open?

  49. See January 9th, 2016 8:36 pm

    Titantex is to fiberglass as Titanal is to aluminum?

    Also, I’m interested in TWM’s thoughts on global warming, travel and individual responsibility (but not spelling).

    It is my understanding that, unless some ski industry plutocrat sent his private jet to transport Lou to Greece, Lou’s travel related carbon emissions were lower than had he driven there in an internal combustion engine powered car (truck may be another story). Does that mean jet’s aren’t part of the problem? Of course not. But I think that it is more productive to criticize the individuals and the corporations that actively oppose solving the problem than to criticize Lou (or any one else) for traveling to ski and report on an interesting place.

  50. See January 9th, 2016 8:38 pm

    And by “jet’s” I meant…

  51. Drew Tabke January 10th, 2016 10:55 pm

    Man, I thought I was good with half a dozen pairs of ski boots, but it looks like 7 will be the lucky number.

  52. Greg Louie January 11th, 2016 9:48 am

    Trademark conflict, hmmm. Maybe the “Klingon” considering how the liner wants to stick to your foot on exit?

  53. justin January 17th, 2016 10:47 am

    Has anyone skied the TLT7?

  54. Dan February 15th, 2016 11:44 am

    Lou, have you had a chance to “carpet test” the TLT7?

  55. Mark Worley March 20th, 2016 9:13 pm

    I don’t really want to retire my TLT 6 boots, but this boot makes it a tough call. Anyone skied it yet?

  56. db March 21st, 2016 3:20 pm

    I was just telling a guide up in BC about this boot last week and we both wondered how the “Single-buckle closure” actually worked. All of the pics are of the outboard side of the boot which “look” like a traditional top-buckle TLT6-like cuff closure. Any pics of how that single-buckle closure actually works Lou?

  57. Lou Dawson 2 March 21st, 2016 3:27 pm

    It’s a simple cable system, no one seems to know how well it works, in real life… Lou

  58. Marc April 14th, 2016 10:22 am

    BSL comparisons to the TLT6 and the Vulcan?
    Seems it would be less with that bull nose toe design.

  59. Michael April 20th, 2016 6:02 am

    Does the TLT7 replace the TLT6 completely in the Dynafit lineup?

    My TLT6s are wearing out a bit (soles especially) and I’m wondering if I should purchase a backup. I have some skis mounted with race-type bindings (no BSL adjustment), so keeping the identical BSL would be reallty nice. That and the lack of a front crampon ridge for my current crampons makes me want to just stick with the TLT6s for the time being.

  60. Lou Dawson 2 April 20th, 2016 11:20 am

    Hi Michael, I’ve got the 2016-2017 catalog here on my desk. Boot lineup looks like this, summarized:

    North American distribution
    – PDG
    – TLT7 various models
    – TLT6 MOUNTAIN in men and women, no TLT6 P
    – Radical in men and women
    – Khion Carbon
    – Khion Lite in men and women

    European distribution — a number of other models as well as more options for the Custom Lite liner.
    -DNA Gignoux
    – PDG
    – TLT7 numerous including some with CL liner
    – TLT6 Mountain, men and women, no Performance
    – Radical men and women
    – Winter Guide
    – Neo
    – Khion Lite with CL liner
    – Khion Carbon with CR liner

  61. Mark Worley July 11th, 2016 8:59 pm

    From a Dynafit sales insider: There have been significant changes to the production TLT 7. Changes haven’t been discussed. Lou, can you shed light on the changes?

  62. Geewilligers September 30th, 2016 8:07 am

    Lou,

    This is a silly question, but what does TLT stand for?

    Thanks,

    Raff

  63. Lou Dawson 2 September 30th, 2016 9:07 am

    Official, Tour Lite Tech, first binding to come from Dynafit licensing the patent from Fritz Barthel, 1990.

    On the other hand, the LT could clearly be for Low Tech, Barthel’s original business name and what his personal business still goes by. The T for Tour.

    Take your pick, but Tour Lite Tech is probably historically accurate.

  64. Lou Dawson 2 September 30th, 2016 9:08 am

    P.S., no question about history is silly, in our opinion here at WildSnow.com.

  65. Mar Ar October 24th, 2016 1:03 pm

    So anybody can tell some real life experiences with one of the TLT 7 models?
    I would be especially interested on how it compares to the TLT 5 P?
    Thanks, Mario

  66. Andrew M November 1st, 2016 1:09 pm

    Any more info on the TLT7s? Looks like their shipping now.

  67. Andrew M November 1st, 2016 1:10 pm

    they’re* ugh…

  68. Lou Dawson 2 November 1st, 2016 1:43 pm

    Mario, comparing 7 to 5 is clearly not apples-to-apples. 5 has mets articulation and the original buckle configuration. 7 has the stub toe and a cable closure system for “one buckle” operation. My take is that the fit of the 7 is pretty much identical, and it felt similar in stiffness when I carpet flexed it. It’s slightly lighter and if the one-motion buckle works it’ll be pretty cool. Jury is totally out on what it’ll be like to scramble-climb with the stub toe. Could be better for rock and dirt, but might not be as nice for kicking steps in hard snow. It also needs crampons that either utilize the tech fittings at the toe, or else a crampon adapter.

    https://www.wildsnow.com/19078/dynafit-tlt-7-review/

    The hinged tongue closure made me chuckle, as I retrofitted that on my TLT5s so many years ago using tiny hardware store cabinet hinges. But it’s a good idea, great minds think alike even if one of them is delayed 5 years (grin).

    https://www.wildsnow.com/backcountry-skiing-search/?cx=partner-pub-8093284038752434%3Ayxtlw7-4zut&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=tlt-5+mods&sa=Search

    Jury is out on the Masterstep toe fittings as well. I gave those a good once-over in Europe last winter and they did seem to work, but as they say in mechanical engineering “change one thing, and you ALWAYS end up changing something else.” So we shall see.

    Lou

  69. Andrew M November 7th, 2016 1:46 pm

    Just received my TLT7Ps… Initial (carpet) Impressions… seem to fit longer than the tlt5… and definitly longer than the sportiva spectres I’ve skied most recently. Wore a 29 in both and tlt7ps fit long, could have probably gone with a 28 shell but alas no store within a long ways of me.

    My initial reaction to the “one buckle”: Works well with a caveat. I have the worlds thinnest ankles and while I can get the boot tight enough, (thanks to 3 positions on the top buckle) the 2nd lever (that closes the top buckle was designed too short (IMO) so to close it takes way too much force… not at all like the ease of the old buckle. This may seem minor but on long tours with lots of changes I could see it being annoying.

    Other fit notes: Better fit for high arches and a wider fit in the forefoot. Seems to flex similar to the specters without the weight.

    BSL Claims to be only 4mm shorter than tlt5 but I had to adjust my bindings a lot more than that… might be a problem for some.

  70. Andre January 2nd, 2017 12:20 pm

    Hi Lou. I am currently in the Dynafit One as I generally prefer a softer boot, with an Intuition Plug liner which stiffens it up a wee bit. I am excited about the new TLT7 as first try carpet testing offers little to no instep pain (I have a nightmare high instep and wide forefott though high volume boots are too roomy). I am considering buying these TLT7 Performance or Carbonio boots though wonder is they will be too soft for the downhill. What is your estimate of the infamous subjective flex on these TLT modesl? 110 perhaps? So I wonder if they will handle the downhill alright even for this contributor who likes something a little softer than super stiff? Cheers mate!

  71. Uli January 31st, 2017 8:13 am

    Hi,

    can anyone tell me the real differences between the performance and the expedition boot? (the lack of the powerstrap and the ugly” grey colour can’t be the reaseon for higher prices)

    Thx

  72. Mitch October 21st, 2018 12:05 pm

    Hey Lou,

    Have you noticed any excess wear on the cuff and the metal piece used to adjust the forward lean on the boot? It seems that the hex screws are almost corroded/worn in a sense (from friction on the cuff?) and I can’t adjust the forward lean. I can send over a photo if needed.

  73. Uli October 21st, 2018 11:02 pm

    Hi Mitch,
    I’ve used mine for around 60 skitours so far.
    They starting to show a little wear on the square hole in the metal. (On older boots I experienced that this hole tends to get bigger over time, allowing for some movement.)

    The screws are corroding as well, but with a torx driver with large handle I could open them last season still pretty easily. Maybe it would be helpful to apply a bit of grease on this part from time to time?

    Cheers





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