(This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry. We hear they are into tongue swapping.)
Sorry kids, this isn’t a kissing howto. You can find that over at Cosmo. Meanwhile, La Sportiva’s Double Power Tongue is one of the best ski touring boot innovations in years (see Synchro review for more details). This cultural event is not quite on the level of when cavemen went from bare feet to sandal, but close. In case you’ve been out of touch, perhaps living in a crevasse on the Kahiltna, the idea is simple. Read on.
Regular “tongue” style boot shells have trouble allowing adequately free forward motion in touring mode, due to the shell tongue obstructing forward movement of your shin. Providing some sort of hinge in the tongue is the usual solution, but doing so compromises downhill stiffness. Sportiva’s two piece tongue is easy hinged for touring (though we’d like it to be totally free hinged) , and stiffens up when you buckle down by virtue of a separate smaller-stiffer tongue the keys into the underlying full tongue. (Other companies have tried this sort of thing over the years, but in our opinion never this effectively). Sportiva’s solution works, albeit you need take care down to align the two tongues when buckling. You get used to it, and it’s worth it.
Of course you mod-happy readers of WildSnow.com have already asked: “Swap this to the earlier Spectre models?” Sure. And more.