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Anyone had time with Scarpa Freedom or K2 Pinnacle? What's your take? What else is out there?

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I think I will get new boots this year and I wanna get something to help me with some hikes and start getting into so backcountry with some friends. I would need something that's both din and tech compatible since my 2 years old nordica isn't working for me anymore, too big! and I can't afford to buy 2 boots...

 

Those two plus the Tecnica Cochise line and Dynafit Titan were the only ones I could find that would fit the bill... is there anything else out there that would work as a one boot quiver? I see a lot of people using scarpa maestrale rs but I have pure alpine bindings on both of my skis (Salomon STH 12 and 14 Driver) and I need something that will work with these... I will borrow a friend's skis with dynafit a few times, so tech compatible is also a must have!

 

I have local boot shops that work with K2, Scarpa, Tecnica and Dynafit but is there anything else I'm missing? Any other boot that could potentially work with alpine bindings? I'm not a big guy 150lbs so probably I wouldn't need the stiffest boot in the market... I'm pretty tempted to buy the scarpa freedom but I don't wanna get my desire to contradict any common sense if the fit is not really the best... unfortunately I believe the K2 Pinnacle will be just too big at 25.5... :-( Tecnica Cochise should work as well since they have a pretty good size range...

 

Anyone else using a single boot for everything?

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Boots are very personal... i.e. some shell shapes will work for you and some will not.  And for the BC, get the ligthest that will drive your skis.

 

I've been using the Technica Cochise for just over a year now as a do all.  And it is a compromise; doesn't alpine ski as well as my Lange Comps and doesn't tour as well as my old Garmont Adrenalines (though of course no tech compatible).  But for one pair of boots they work adequately. My next AT boot will be a no-compromise light tech boot; and I still have my Lange Comps for alpine skiing.

post #3 of 9

The K2 may be the best skiing walk-mode boot we've tried, but its also pretty heavy compared to others (just over 10 lbs per pair I believe). The Scarpa Freedom is not as stiff, but has a nice smooth, progressive flex that some other touring boots don't have, and comes in at under 8 lbs per pair. Fit will of course be the most important factor in your decision.

post #4 of 9

You can still find the Dynafit ZZeus if you look around.  They come with interchangeable sole lugs and are very light, reasonably stiff, and walk great.

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You can still find the Dynafit ZZeus if you look around.  They come with interchangeable sole lugs and are very light, reasonably stiff, and walk great.


If they fit of course! smile.gif
post #6 of 9

Sierra Trading Post has them in a variety of sizes.  But you are correct...they have some wierd sizing.  I shell fit perfectly in the 27s but could not get my foot into the 27 liner, even out of the shell.  I used some Salomon 27 plug boot liners in them and they were great but cold.  I went up to the 28 Zzeus and put high volume Intuition liners in them and they fit great and are very warm.

post #7 of 9
Hi all.

I am also looking at the Pinnacle 130. Have any of you tried it on the mountain as I would love to hear a first hand report?

in terms of what i am looking for: i do want a boot with both system compatibility without switching foot plates. i am an advanced skier (skied since 5 years old) and ski around 4 or 5 weeks a year, mainly offpiste in Grimentz in the Swiss Valais but also further afield eg Japan or heli in Canada or this year Iceland. Having said that, I do skin but am not a touring skier ie I might skin for up to an hour if needed but that is not my aim - relevant to weight concerns mentioned above.

Any suggestions gratefully received.
post #8 of 9

I just bought the Scarpa Freedoms this week (women's of course) but haven't had a chance to try them out yet. I'm a big fan of the scarpa fit (some styles) and have been using Scarpa tele boots for many many years.

I almost bought some Gea's last year, but returned them at the last minute so I could think more about what I wanted. I really wanted a boot with more binding options, but couldn't' find anything that fit as well as the Gea. I think I finally found it though, I can't wait to try them out!

post #9 of 9

I spent a 1/2 day playing with the Freedom SL in the shop.  On a Scarpa RS now.  Ended up buying the LaSpotiva Spectra instead.  Freedom was very progressive which I really like but way softer than expected.

 

Becoming a big fan of the Spectre.  Price difference didn't hurt either!  But I bought what I thought was the best "ski boot".  Nothing to do with the cost.

 

Skiing is a priority but walk mode and weight even more so.  I think the Spectre  beat the Freedom up in all three catagories.

 

Tech fittings only though.

Bet the Spectre comes out next year with replacable DIN soles as well.

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