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Black Diamond Factor Alpine Touring Boot - Men's

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Pros: Stiff when buttoned up, easy to walk/hike in

Cons: Heavier than true touring boots

 I sprung for the Factors during a week-long trip to Chamonix for some off-piste skiing.  Thus far, I have been 100% satisfied.  I have not done any touring, so I can"t speak for how this boot is for skinning or multi-day tours.  But for accessing hike-to terrain (or just walking around the bar!), I found the walk mode i  these boots to be wonderful.  If you are skiing off piste in Europe and may be facing a fairly long walk back to the lifts, it's the heat!  My last day of skiing this year was at Taos, and I hiked the 45 min to Kachina Peak twice, and was very glad to be wearing these boots.

The guy who fitted me for the boots warned me that I'd be sacrificing downhill performance with these boots, but I can honestly say that I don't feel like I've compromised much in that regard, if at all.  When you button these up, they are plenty stiff.

If you expect to do a lot of touring, you may want to explore a lighter boot, but if you are mostly skiing lift-accessible back-country, you couldn't ask for a better boot than the Factors.  I have heard BD is coming out with an updated line that's lighter, which may be worth waiting for, but if you find the factors on an end of season closeout (I saw some at 30% off in Durango), jump on it.  Highly recommended.


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Pros: Touring Boot, Downhill Boot, Swapable Soles, Stiff Flex, Cool Colors

Cons: Soles wear out quick! Broke the walk / ski mechanism - Bring extras!

The BDel Factors are a sick boot. Great concept that will be perfected in the next couple years. Only half a season on them and I broke the ski/walk mechanism in the heavy PNW snow. Had to quit early on a super day... super bummed! Always carry spare parts. The BDel rep was great. Sent me the parts fast.

The alpine soles wear out super quick if you walk on rocks with them. Kinda worthless really. The touring soles are a little better. They 'chip' really easily though. I wrote BDel about making Vibrum versions. We'll see. They tour well, as the walk mechanism allows for enough natural leg/ankle movement. The boa system is ok... rather have some kind of heat form liner. They fit well after some work. I had to get a little bit more toe room. Generally I fit super well in Dalbello boots if you need an example. 130 flex? Maybe 110 max. I've hit 30'ers+ with these boots as well as skied through bumps (ie over the top of them as fast as possible to get to the goods!). Buckles are strong.

Overall... this is a great attempt. I look fwd to the 2012 models!
Black Diamond Factor Alpine Touring Boot - Men's
Description:

Black Diamond designed the 130 flex-rated Men s Factor Alpine Touring Boot for hard-charging skiers who demand a boot with backcountry access capabilities and uncompromising alpine performance. This boot features interchangeable sole blocks compatible with ISO Alpine DIN and all AT binding systems, including Dynafit. With its alpine style overlap cuff construction, the Factor provides the natural progressive flex missing from traditional tongue construction AT boot designs. The overlap cuff also results in unrestricted uphill walking efficiency for touring. The included anti-microbial Strobel liner is not only thermoformable, but also includes the Boa closure system, technology exclusive to Black Diamond boots that maximizes liner fit and provides on-the-go adjustability. Black Diamond gave this boot a mechanically integrated ski/walk mode for touring and eight degrees of forward lean over three settings so you can dial your stance to suit your skiing style. Outside Magazine gave this boot the Best of Backcountry award and even said if we had Gear of the year for Boots, the Factor would win it.

Details:
DetailValue
Recommended UseAggressive freeriding in or out of bounds
Manufacturer Warranty1 Year
Weight[Pair] 9lb 2oz (413g)
Shell MaterialPebax
Liner MaterialStrobel liner w/ Boa system
Thermo-moldable LinerYes
Number of Buckles4
Micro AdjustableYes
Binding CompatibilityAll AT and Alpine bindings
Forward LeanYes, 8 degrees over three settings
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Style: BD120100MNGR30/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 30.5BD120100MNGR30/1793661107361
Style: BD120100MNGR30/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 30.5BD120100MNGR30/1793661107361
Style: BD120100MNGR29/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 29.5BD120100MNGR29/1793661107347
Style: BD120100MNGR29/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 29.5BD120100MNGR29/1793661107347
Style: BD120100MNGR28/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 28.5BD120100MNGR28/1793661107323
Style: BD120100MNGR28/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 28.5BD120100MNGR28/1793661107323
Style: BD120100MNGR28_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 28BD120100MNGR28_1793661107316
Style: BD120100MNGR28_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 28BD120100MNGR28_1793661107316
Style: BD120100MNGR27/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 27.5BD120100MNGR27/1793661107309
Style: BD120100MNGR27/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 27.5BD120100MNGR27/1793661107309
Style: BD120100MNGR26/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 26.5BD120100MNGR26/1793661107286
Style: BD120100MNGR26/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 26.5BD120100MNGR26/1793661107286
Style: BD120100MNGR25_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 25BD120100MNGR25_1793661107255
Style: BD120100MNGR25_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 25BD120100MNGR25_1793661107255
Style: BD120100MNGR24/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 24.5BD120100MNGR24/1793661107248
Style: BD120100MNGR24/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 24.5BD120100MNGR24/1793661107248
Style: BD120100MNGR24_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 24BD120100MNGR24_1793661107231
Style: BD120100MNGR24_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 24BD120100MNGR24_1793661107231
Style: BD120100MNGR26_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 26BD120100MNGR26_1793661107279
Style: BD120100MNGR26_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 26BD120100MNGR26_1793661107279
Style: BD120100MNGR25/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 25.5BD120100MNGR25/1793661107262
Style: BD120100MNGR25/1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 25.5BD120100MNGR25/1793661107262
Style: BD120100MNGR29_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 29BD120100MNGR29_1793661107330
Style: BD120100MNGR29_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 29BD120100MNGR29_1793661107330
Style: BD120100MNGR30_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 30BD120100MNGR30_1793661107354
Style: BD120100MNGR30_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 30BD120100MNGR30_1793661107354
Style: BD120100MNGR27_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 27BD120100MNGR27_1793661107293
Style: BD120100MNGR27_1, Color: Mean Green, Size: 27BD120100MNGR27_1793661107293
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