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Ready to slay steep lines at face-melting speeds.

Built with a 130-rated flex and Triax Tele Pro frame, the Custom Telemark Ski Boot is the stiffest of Black Diamond’s tele boot line. Catering to aggressive freeheel skiers who push the limits in bounds and out, the Custom is best suited for steep descents and high-speed turns.
  • Triax Tele Pro frame tech features a stiff forward flex for smooth fore/aft power transfer and impressive lateral stiffness
  • Built with 130-rated flex, this stiff boot is designed to transfer energy quickly to your binding for more precise control
  • A 102-millimeter last is designed to maximize comfort and performance in the toe box while providing plenty of snugness near the heel
  • Stiff Power Fit liner with Strobel base is thermoformable and also includes a Boa closure system for a precise fit and on-the-go adjustability
  • Mechanically integrated ski/walk mode delivers unsurpassed freedom while touring
  • Rubber outsole provides grip in cold conditions for touring versatility

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2 5

Dangerous Quality Control Issue

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The good news is that this boot was comfortable and the stiffness gave superb control. The BIG problem, was that in cold weather it would resist the forward flex, until the pressure built up, and would then suddenly give way. I tried it with two types of bindings with the same problem (originally thinking it was a problem with the bindings). They worked great on piste in warm weather, but off piste in colder weather they were lethal as you never knew if they would flex / freeze or suddenly flex after building up sufficient pressure - some very nasty falls resulted. Mountain Attitude in Tignes, France, where I bought them, could not have been LESS helpful in trying to sort out the problem. I presume it was just a quality control issue with the boots I had bought, but never had the chance to find out as the shop would not give me another pair.

5 5

BD custom vs. Scarpa t-race

i this year bought thre bd customs after having skied in scarpa t-race boots for 2 years. i've been tele skiing for almost 30 yrs. and alpine skiing for 50 yrs. i now ski tele only last 10 yrs.
the customs i bought in a 27.0 as they fit shorter than the scarpa in a 26.5. the boot sole length of the 2 is almost identical. the customs did not feel comfortable out of the box and even with custom foot beds from my t-race's and heating the liners , i hated the boa liner.
i ended up putting a set of intuition tele liners in the customs with my footbeds and they fit perfect and are all day comfortable. the scarpas were always comfortable with the stock liner.

the t-races always felt too soft to me, and the customs are stiffer.
i use hammerhead or axl bindings on my skis. the customs felt better and more powerful on my salomon rocker 2(122/192) and on my liberty helix, and my line sick day 95's.

i had more control,edging, and power inbounds, backcountry, and heli skiing than i did on the scarpa t-race.

both have a good ski walk mode and touring is easy in both. i found that if you ski aggressive, are a former alpine racer and drive hard at the knee the customs deliver in spades.
the bottom line. if you like stiff flexing boots like an old alpine race boot go with the custom. if you like the softer progressive flex of a raichle flexion/fulltilt
boot,then go with the scarpa. it truly is a matter of flex and feel reference.
for me, the custom feels and works better.

5 5

Powerhouse boot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Finally replaced my 8 year old T1s with the Custom, and they are able to drive my mantras/AXLs with ease. I usually wear a 26.5 but went with the 26.0 because they were $300 cheaper. After some bootfitting, thermomolding, and heel wedges, they fit better, but my leader toe on my right foot falls asleep and gets cold faster than anything on the left if the temps are below 10F. Anyways, don't buy a size down because it's cheaper, but buy this boot if you want to really drive a stiff ski at high speeds and down the gnarliest east coast lift served terrain known to man!!!!!!1!!!!! \m/ \m/

PS: don't expect them to feel great on day 1, mine took about 7 days for the liner to fully break-in even after thermomolding. On about 25 days now, and they're still getting better

5 5

Worth the weight

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am light, 145 lbs. This boot is heavy, 9 lbs. I ski mostly backcountry, mostly in Wasatch powder. Shouldn't add up to me loving this boot, but it skis like nothing else. The fit out of the box was better than anything I have ever found in the tele world. Take the time to mold them and it gets better. Stiff, yup. But fear not on the fluff. You can ski easy and quick and light in the Custom. It takes extra energy to move these up the hill, but the skiing down is so, so superior. Some finicky elements that have me wondering what the designer was thinking (open second buckle in mitts or thick gloves? No chance) but the skiing quality is never questioned. Don't let the weight scare you. You will ski better, and have more fun, in this boot.

5 5

Comfort & Shredability in One

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To start, let it be noted that I did have these heat molded and wore them with Superfeet. That being said, you can do the same. Over my 3 seasons with this boot, I have nothing but good things to say. I already noted, super comfy. If you have any doubts about the BOA System, don't. It makes for a much more snug fit, and ultimately a more responsive boot. Never head an issue with the BOA.

These boots powered plenty of fat skis in their hay-day with me, so there was never any doubt in their ability to shred. On the flip side, I also have 100+ days touring in them. Yes, they're heavier than other touring boots, but I wasn't willing to sacrifice shredability for weight. The walk mode was great, full range of motion, never an issue on the skin track.

I've now put 3 solid seasons on these, and only now feel that perhaps they're a little worn, packed out, and softened up. So in my opinion, the durability is there as well.

In previous posts I have commented about how I've broken a lot of tele gear in my day, and to have a solid piece of gear that I can rely on in sticky situations helps my confidence tremendously when I'm going for it. These boots are another prime example!

5 5

Comfort & Shredability in One

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These boots powered plenty of fat skis in their hay-day with me, so there was never any doubt in their ability to shred. On the flip side, I also have 100+ days touring in them. Yes, they're heavier than other touring boots, but I wasn't willing to sacrifice shredability for weight. The walk mode was great, full range of motion, never an issue on the skin track.

These boots have 130 flex rating but people...

These boots have 130 flex rating but people saying they comfortable. That seems so crazy to me. Ima be working at a ski resort and (if I buy em) wearing these puppies all day every day. Are you guys able wear these boots all day and feet staying comfortable?

Responded on

The rumors are true, they're super comfortable - and yes, even for a 130 flex. For starters, narrow boots are not my cup of tea, and with slightly wider feet - my toes were right at home. I used to work for a guiding company where I would put these on at the crack of dawn, skin all morning, ski all day and do chores at our backcountry huts through dinner. I lived in these things, sometimes up to 13-14 hours a day with no complaints. I did have a pair of superfeet footbeds, which I would recommend though.

Responded on

Thanks a lot Mark, I ended up buying them and they worked out great this season! Thanks again

5 5

The BOMB!!!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Scarpa better step it up because BD just opened the can of proverbial whoop ass! I cant say enough about these boots. You can tell from just sliding your foot in the difference from any other boot. From ripping fast turns to big drops these bad boys deliver. Ill say loud and proud, I LOVE THERSE BOOTS!!!!

The BOMB!!!
5 5

The BOMB!!!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Scarpa better step it up because BD has opened the proverbial can of whoop ass! The T Race is not even in the same ball park as these bad boys. All you need to do is slide into them and you can feel it. From the BOA system to the micro adjustments these boots are the Lamborghini of boots. Ill say it loud and proud I LOVE THESE BOOTS!!!!!!

The BOMB!!!
3 5

Duckbill too short

Very stiff. Very comfortable. If you ski low, even with the HH at #4, you will toe tip and lose your edge. Too bad, really nice boot. Going back to Scarpa!

Responded on

I ski low and think these boot freakin' rip. I skied Scarpa for years and absolutely love this boot!!

4 5

So far so good

I have 15 days on these boots this season and so far they live up to my expectations. Lots of power. Ability to drive MegaWatts at speed in soft snow and BD Havoc on the hard pack. You have to match power with power so I have been skiing on BD01 RidStiff and Axel #4 settings. I had them custom molded with my foot beds and the ski performance was solid. The only downside to these boots has been that they run cold. Tolerable if I loosen all the buckles while skinning. Plan to get the toes stretched to improve warmth and fit. Will report back if this makes them any warmer.

5 5

It got better

Got a chance to get in these boots and they are definitely a step up from the original. If I still skied 75 mm this would be my boot of choice. Honestly a really solid boot for those that like to ski fast on big stiff planks.

The first thing that you notice is the complete redo of the liner. It works a million times better for warmth, fit, and BOA use than the original. The boa was repositioned and I believe less of a BOA line to coil now too. The cuff flex on this boot matches the bellows flex.

It's a definite good choice for those that want to push themselves and have a boot that'll back them up. I really dig the white buckles too.