Originally Posted by dookey67
Out of curiosity, would you recommend getting AT boots.
For example, I mentioned I am considering getting a pair of the Bros and mounting them with an AT binding. I was just gonna continue to use my Nordica Hot Rods and boot pack for those longer treks.
Sorry, hope i'm not totally hijacking the original thread...
AT Boots...again it depends. You should ask yourself, what is more important to you? Is comfort, speed and lightness on the uphill more important than supreme control (and you could say comfort here too I guess) on the descent? How long will your tours be? Multi-day adventures? Or just accessing some side-country through a BC gate at a resort?
For me, as I stated above, I place more emphasis on the downhill portion than the uphill portion of touring, and thus, 90% of my BC tours are in my alpine boots. However, nearly all of my touring is simple day trips with less than 5000 vert elevation gain. And for these, I tour in my alpine boots and have no problem skinning and keeping up with my friends (well, most of them
That being said, I do also own a pair of AT boots that I'll use for overnight trips and longer tours. I'll use them in the spring when I know I'm more likely to need to do some mixed climbing on rock. The vibram sole and and rockering in AT Boots is gold when scrambling on exposed, snow-less ridgelines. But I don't like the way most AT boots feel on the descent as oppossed to alpine boots (FWIW I use Garmont Adrenalines) since AT Boots are generally softer flexing and not quite as supportive as alpine boots.
So again, IMO it depends mostly on what kind of BC you'll be doing the most of, and what your personal preferences & tolerances are for uphill comfort vs. downhilll security.
One option perhaps is to just do a few day trips or lift-accessed tours in your alpine boots and see how it feels? You might be in a better position then to answer some of the questions in my first paragraph.