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Garmont Adrenalin Alpine Touring Ski Boot - Men's

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Pros: All day comfort, adequate stiffness for backcounty descents

Cons: Not recommended as a daily inbounds driver

The Garmont Adrenalin is a decent touring boot with good, but not excellent, downhill performance. While much lighter than downhill boots, it is slightly on the heavy and stiff side for long tours, but it has enough flexibility to allow long hikes on skins, and is comfortable enough, and has decent tread and shape for boot packing. Its performance downhill is exceptional FOR A TOURING BOOT. In the backcountry, I ski more conservatively anyway because I'm not fond of the idea of taking large risks in inaccessible areas. Besides, when you hike for turns, you want to make the most of them.

For me, the Adrenalin is not a substitute for a high performance alpine boot inbounds. In the resort, we experience cut-up powder, crud, moguls and hard conditions that are unlike what I ski backcountry. These irregularities and just the greater downhill mileage and speed, require that you be able to drive a big ski more powerfully. In the earlier post, I described it more like riding the ski, rather than driving it. Its comfortable, it works well, but its not high performance. As much as I like the Adrenalin in backcountry, I don't believe it is ready for prime-time at the resort, or even in side country with minimal hiking. As soon as skinning or bootpacking are brought into the equation, the result changes, and the Adrenalin becomes the boot of choice.

Conclusion: The Garmont Adrenalin sacrafices some uphill performance in order to be a better downhill boot. It makes some sacrifices in downhill mode as well, but I don't know of a better performing AT boot.  Compared to other AT boots, in 2006 this may be the highest performing system available. I found the performance compromises in the downhill aspects of this boot to be too great to make it the only boot I would own or use. Compared to high performance alpine boots, the Adrenalin is clearly outclassed in the downhill mode. Touring in stiff alpine boots is just painful. The Adrenalin is a comfortable wear all day, and a good hiker. I don't expect to be the first to the top of the mountain, and this boot is not for death march tours. It suits my alpine touring needs uphill and downhill, with an acceptable level of performance compromise for backcountry. I do not recommend it as an everyday resort boot unless you expect to do a lot of walking/skinning/hiking, but may be ideal for Ski Patrollers.

Garmont Adrenalin Alpine Touring Ski Boot - Men's
Description:

The Garmont Adrenaline Alpine Touring Ski Boot created a new genre for high performance alpine freeriding for ski mountaineers and this year it s coming at you even more beefed up and more refined. The updated G-Fit 3 thermo-moldable liner combines a lacing system, burlier exterior materials, and three densities of foam to provide optimal fit and killer support. Garmont also redesigned the walk/ski switch with a protected lever that won't come unlocked in the middle of your descent genius. Take the Adrenalines to the resort or to the backcountry interchangeable soles allow you to use them with your AT bindings or your standard alpine set-up, making it a unique one-boot quiver.

Details:
DetailValue
Recommended UseGnarly backcountry ascents and descents
Manufacturer Warranty1 Year
Weight[Size 27.5, Single boot] 4lb 3oz (1900g)
Shell MaterialSelected polymers
Liner MaterialG-Fit 3
Thermo-moldable LinerYes
Number of Buckles4
Micro AdjustableYes
Binding CompatibilityUNI, ISO alpine
Forward LeanYes, 20, 25 degrees + free for walking
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 25.0821005/211-ORG-25
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 25.5821005/211-ORG-25.5000240290162
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 26.0821005/211-ORG-26000240290186
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 28.0821005/211-ORG-28000240290223
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 28.5821005/211-ORG-28.5000240290230
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 26.5821005/211-ORG-26.5000240290193
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 27.0821005/211-ORG-27000240290209
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 27.5821005/211-ORG-27.5000240290216
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 29.0821005/211-ORG-29000240290254
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 29.5821005/211-ORG-29.5000240290261
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 30.0821005/211-ORG-30
Style: 821005/211, Color: Orange, Size: 30.5821005/211-ORG-30.5000240290285
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