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Easy striding on the way up and comfort and power just for the ladies on the way down.
Black Diamond's Swift Alpine Touring Boot is one of the lightest and most powerful AT boots a woman could take into the backcountry. Pivoting cuff technology offers a massive 40 degrees of buttery-smooth cuff flex in walk mode (buttery-smooth and resistance free), and the freeride-boot-meets-touring-boot chassis provides all the responsiveness and power you need in ski mode. Really, the comfort of a boot boils down to fit, so Black Diamond's engineers gave this little beauty a women-specific liner that's sculpted in the calves and Achilles area. Take on casual dawn patrols in Big Cottonwood's trees or scramble through rocky ascents off Mount Superior with equal ease.
- Triax pivot frame is a touring-focused frame design that offers alpine-style power transfer and smooth, natural striding motion when you're touring
- 100-rated flex index provides enough stiffness to precisely control your skis and just enough forgiveness to make long days of touring easier on your foot
- Efficient Fit AT Light liner is stiff and lightweight, designed specifically for touring
- Women-specific fit features a lower and more voluminous cuff with a liner that has a thinner and sculpted adjustable calf spoiler, increased boot ramp angle, and a slightly narrower Achilles area
- V-shaped last has a 103mm toebox to give your toes room to move and allow ample circulation for warmth
- Truelasted liner fits your foot right out of the box or it can be easily thermomolded for a truly custom fit
- Liner secures with the Boa closure system that you can tighten or loosen with the spin of a dial
- Liner also features an antimicrobial treatment to stop funky odors, a smooth interior finish so it's easy to slide your foot inside, and a multi-density Achilles pad insert
- Three-buckle design keeps your foot secure and ensures power transfer when skiing without hampering the free-flexing design of the boot when you're in tour mode
- Buckle closeout dents have a hooked shape that locks the QuickWire buckles securely in place once the buckle is flipped down
- Pivoting cuff design offers resistance-free movement in tour mode so you get a whopping 40-degree range of motion with each step: 20degrees back and 20 degrees forward
- Pivoting cuff locks into the edge of the instep cuff in ski mode, pressuring against the boot shell for stiffness and power
- In walk mode, the pivoting cuff naturally slides up and out of the way of your instep buckle to allow the boot to flex further forward
- Rubber outsole has a rockered shape that dramatically increases traction and allows for the most natural foot roll when you're hiking or bootpacking
- Tech inserts give you the option to use this boot with Tech-style touring binders
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What bindings should I look at? I just...
What bindings should I look at? I just picked up a friend's pair and am not sure what bindings to get since these have the rubber soles. I am 5'1 120 lbs and expect to do 20% touring 80% resort. Help is much appreciated!
You could get a frame binding like the Marker Baron/Duke or the Salomon/Atomic Guardian 16. Since you are 80% resort a frame binding like that will last you longer.
Great! So the rubber soles won't make the fit poor?
My friend sporting last years Swifts
Last years BD Swifts.
So far feel better than previous boots.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had used Dynafit Zzero 4 for 2years. Comparing to the Dynafit, this boots is stiffer in ski mode, and gives you more ankle range of motion in walk mode. It is much easier to don/ doff than Dynafit.
It has 3 buckles instead of 4 in Dynafit. Each buckle its self is softer to tighten up. The top belt is longer and easier to remove from buckle (belt on Dynafit has unnecessary small stopper on the tip and hard to remove from buckle, and too short for my thick leg). Changing walk-ski mode is also easier (well, my Zzero is old model and has a small plastic bar) the metal bar is big enough to adjust when wearing gloves and it makes small click sound when it turns into ski mode. I also like boa system. it snugs the liner nicely around my leg. I tried Dynafit TLT at local store as well. It is very light, and I like pink and green color, but it was too tight for my wide foot. Although I was told it can be adjusted, BD swift was more comfortable (but not too loose), I decided to buy this. Price also helped me to choose this as well. I went to two tours and one resort ski so far. I feel more stable when going downhill because of its stiffness. My ankles are comfortable when skinning up. First time when I skinned I got small hot spot around my medial side of heels, but wearing sock liner solved the problem.
OK But Probably Not a Long-Term Keeper
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I traded in a pair of slightly-too-big Dynafits for this boot. Sometimes I wish I had stuck with the Dynafits. First off, these run small in length but not width. I thought the liners would eventually pack out, but they didn't, and I had to remove the insoles (which are oddly shaped and pinch the bridge of my foot) to keep my toes from going completely numb. I don't care much for the BOA system--it seems like a fancy frill that's not entirely necessary. Also, I had to build up a whole new set of touring callouses on my achilles, as the liners have a funky "bump" around the heels. The buckles are not as easy to operate in deep snow or with gloves on. Good news though: these are truly super light for the price range, and the walk mode is significantly more flexible than in other boots. However, I don't think I'll hang onto these for too long. You will DEFINITELY want to visit a store and try these on first, and if they seem even a little tight, go up a half size.
Black Diamond Swift Alpine Touring Boot
Good up, bad down
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These were great on the ascent, but killer when I switched to ski mode. Something about the tongue created terrible, terrible hot spots on my shins. So bad I could only ski about 200' before I'd have to stop from the pain. Not the boot for me.
Think twice before buying
I got a great price and merchandise was shipped promptly. However I was disappointed to find both boots arrived with both Boa systems damaged beyond repair. It was pretty obvious that the boots had been returned from a previous buyer. Backcountry customer service was polite and quick to respond, however sold out and apparently unable to replace my liners:(. Boots by the way r very comfortable.
I have enjoyed these boots though I wish there was another buckle to keep my heel down better when going downhill. I am working with some inserts to see if that will give better performance. I love how light they are & there is more support than the scarpas.
Solid, light, comfortable
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought these as a gift, but I use the men's version of the same boot and can say that they're incredibly well designed. They're nice and light, stiff enough to run wide, long skis, and plenty warm. They run on the wide side, and give you plenty of room to wiggle toes, so you don't freeze off digits in cold temps.