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Are those walk/hike boots as good as regular boots when skiing downhill?

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Looks like manufactores wanna sell the idea that those boots are the best of both worlds for short hikes, sidecountry adventures. I've never used an AT boot but as far as the info available they are terrible for downhill compared to alpine boots, and how about those hike/walk mode boots available like the salomon quest or the tecnica freeride boots?

I'm assuming if they are as good or close to alpine boots for downhill they are not even close to AT boots for skining or hike...

Anyone has any experience with these boots and can share some comments?
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I've been SUPER impressed by the technica bushwakers.   They ski like a normal 100mm/120 flex boot (if that is what fits you, and what you need great) and they tour better then most of the current AT boots.   With a replaceable sole, dynafit options or DIN options it is a great boot  (again if it fits you)   They have a narrower, stiffer version for next year to

 

the options are great, and work well, but again, and as always, fit is the key thing

 

 

Norcia hell and back  (new boot, and no dynafit)

 

salomon quest  (no dynafit, and past issues)

 

lange has a new one for next year too

 

most are 100mm shape and range in flex 90-120     very average for most skiers

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As good?..........I'd say no but reasonably close. I have been in the Lange XT130 LV for the latter part of this season and compared to my RS 130, they don't have the same power. However.....this really only shows up when trying to do very precise turns on very hard snow and with skis suited to that task. BTW....this is really hairsplitting and also presupposes a skier that is technically capable of said task. Otherwise, they are fully viable for 97.628% of what we all tend to call "all mountain skiing"  This particular boot is not Dynafit compatible at this point but FTMP......I don't think that's much of an issue. Most of these boots offer a nice compromise for the skier that has Marker Dukes (etc) for their "touring" setups. Those folks almost never do really long tours with skins etc., let alone long tours in the BC. For the serious uphill (Dynafit) skier, the various "real" AT boots are the better choice for that task. For the rest of us, the Tecnica/Lange hybrids are the more realistic choices. The choice between those two will depend upon your fit preferences more than anything else.

 

SJ   

post #4 of 4

I agree with both explanations but would add don't ignore the Garmont Delirium which after all is made by a company with substantial touring experience.

 

Lou

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