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Conquest GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

Salomon Conquest GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

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Sundowner GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

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Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

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Comet 3D GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

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Bitterroot GTX Boot - Men's

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Pacific Crest GTX Boot - Men's

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Khumbu II GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

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Xplorer Mid GTX - Men's

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Vioz GT Boot - Men's

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Khumbu GV Backpacking Boot - Men's

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Power Matic 200 GV Boot - Men's

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Kinesis Pro GTX Boot - Men's

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Tatra GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

Hanwag Tatra GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

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TPS 535 V Backpacking Boot - Men's

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AKU Utah Top GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

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Moab Peak Mid Ventilator Backpacking Boot - Men's

Merrell Moab Peak Mid Ventilator Backpacking Boot - Men's

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Lhasa HIking Boot - Men's

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Vioz Top GT RR Boot - Men's

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Shiraz GV Boot - Men's

Asolo Shiraz GV Boot - Men's

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Alaska GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

Hanwag Alaska GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

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How to Choose an Alpine Ski Boot

The Main Line of Communication Between You and Your Skis

 

In contrast to an alpine touring or telemark boot, an alpine boot is designed almost entirely around resort-based and inbounds skiing. Honestly assess your ability level and your interests before you start shopping for a boot. Ability level and interests dictate where and what you ski, and ultimately, the type of boot you’ll need. When choosing a ski boot, pay attention to fit, flex, and last width. These factors will help you maximize the likelihood of finding a well-fitting boot without stepping foot in a store. Secondary considerations, such as liner, buckle configuration strap, footbed, and boot sole features will come later in the buying process.

Fit:

A boot that fits well will hold your foot firmly and encourage ample control, circulation, and reduce the chance of blister-causing heel slippage. Ski boots come in a variety of lengths, measured in Mondo sizing (insole length in centimeters), forefoot widths (measured in millimeters), and cuff height and width (based on gender or manufacturer).

Flex:

Flex refers to how hard it is to flex the boot forward. Aggressive or heavier skiers will want a stiff boot (120-130+) to handle high speeds and arduous terrain. Beginners or smaller skiers best to start with a softer boot (80-100) and intermediate skiers may prefer a boot with a flex around (100-110).

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Alpine boots come in three flavors: park and pipe, alpine touring, and alpine. Park boots tend to be a little softer and more forgiving, alpine touring boots are made with lighter materials and offer a walk mode, and alpine boots balance performance and comfort for skiing inbounds at the resort.