Gear Review

5 5

Great backcountry boot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like this boot. It is very comfortable on the skin track with plenty of flex. Both cuff buckles, when unratcheted have hook-shaped catches for the bails so they dont pop open. This makes transitioning from climb to descent very fast and efficient. After you de-skin, lock your heel, lock your ankle, flip the two ratcheting buckles, repeat on the other foot and go. The liners seem fairly warm in weather down to 0 deg. F but not something that, by themselves will keep your feet toasty on sub zero days. One thing I especially liked about the liners was the use of what appears to be at least 3 if not 4 kinds of foam to achieve a great fit with flex for ascending, insulation under foot and some intuition foam for final shaping. And, the boa system remains a favorite of mine even though this boot has dental floss-looking boa laces instead of super thin cables. I have low volume feet and found the fit to be pretty good but they probably fit mid volume feet best. The length seems to be just a tad on the short side converting US running shoe sizes to mondo on the BD sizing chart. They appear to be pretty decent easy to mid grade ice climbing boots too from my back yard simulations. So, overall, a well put together backcountry AT boot. They ski well in the area too by the way but if you are mostly skiing challenging terrain you probably would want a higher boot there.

One final thing- the price. I think you get a lot of boot for the money. There are lighter backcountry boots out there but you save 2 kg for $200 more boot. Im just sayin... These boots from what Ive seen (never owned any though) dont seem to ski any better but of course, you save 2 kg on the uphill. For price-conscious skiers I think the Prime is a very good choice.