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Does one NEED Touring Boots?

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I am considering getting a pair of skiis with AT bindings and skins. I will use them mainly off the lift so there won't be any epic hikes. I was wondering if I could get away with using my alpine boots for this? I like stiff boots and don't want to lug two pairs of boots around the world. Thanks
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I'm sure you could. I skin around in my Dobie 150s. I have never tried a touring boot. Ignorance is bliss.
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Yes. Keep the first two buckles tight and undo the top two buckles and the power strap. Works fine as long as you're skinning for less than an hour and a half and not planning on walking much in rock and ice. I did a traverse of the Dolomites in my alpine boots once, mostly short climbs. Also toured for a week in the Zillertal with them. Longest climbs were about 2.5 hours. No problem. Don't use them if you've got a long walk in our out. Too tough on the boots and your feet. Now that I have Garmont Adrenalins, I don't use my alpine boots much for touring.
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