While overall the world of ski boot making does seem a bit stagnated, when it comes to making individual products that compete in a given arena, it may only look boring on the surface. Consider the Dynafit Evo. While visiting Dynafit in Montebelluna Italy this past January, I was blindfolded then led to the inner scriptorium of their boot creation department. Not doubt they sterilized the place of models still in development (bloggers, we’re like vultures), but they had all the cool Evo and Zero series proto patterns laying around, and were willing to talk about boot making as long as my notebook paper lasted.
What fascinated me about this process is it’s mostly done in a fairly small lab/workshop, by just a couple of skilled craftsmen. Of course, after they have the shapes they want, the huge aluminum molds are made somewhere else — to the tune of around 100,000 euros per size! And before that, Mario and his guys have to figure out all the buckles and such, then extrapolate all the different sizes from their master design (which is usually a 27). In all, a stunning amount of work goes into those ski boots on your feet.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.