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New Balance 501 Shoe - Men's

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574 Stadium Jacket Shoe - Men's

New Balance 574 Stadium Jacket Shoe - Men's

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Emerica Wino Shoe - Men's

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Clarks Wallabee Run Shoe - Men's

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Hapalua Shoe - Men's

Olukai Hapalua Shoe - Men's

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Wildfire Hiking Shoe - Men's

Salewa Wildfire Hiking Shoe - Men's

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Onitsuka Tiger OC Runner Shoe - Men's

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Earthkeepers Hookset Slip-On Shoe - Men's

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Moloa Kohana Shoe - Men's

Olukai Moloa Kohana Shoe - Men's

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Jazz Low Pro Shoe - Men's

Saucony Jazz Low Pro Shoe - Men's

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Merrell Proterra Sport Hiking Shoe - Men's

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Terrex Fast X GTX Hiking Shoe - Men's

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Gel-Epiris Shoe - Men's

Asics Gel-Epiris Shoe - Men's

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Daroga Two 11 LEA Shoe - Men's

Adidas Outdoor Daroga Two 11 LEA Shoe - Men's

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Saucony Jazz Original Shoe - Men's

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Traveler Sphere Shoe - Men's

Merrell Traveler Sphere Shoe - Men's

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Bleecker Slip-On CNX Shoe - Men's

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New Balance 565 Shoe - Men's

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Terrex Fast X Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast X Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's

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Oliberte Narivo Shoe - Men's

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Salewa Wildfire GTX Hiking Shoe - Men's

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Patagonia Footwear Activist Canvas Shoe - Men's

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Scout MT Shoe - Men's

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Timberland Earthkeepers Icon Shoe - Men's

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Merrell Chameleon 5 Waterproof Hiking Shoe - Men's

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Reef Kudu Shoe - Men's

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Reef Eland Shoe - Men's

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SeaVees 3 Eye Chukka Suede Shoe - Men's

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The North Face Dipsea 78 Racer Shoe - Men's

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GT II Shoe - Men's

Asics GT II Shoe - Men's

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How to Buy an Alpine Touring Boot

Free Your Feet From the Resort

Traditionally, a ski boot was designed for going downhill with as much speed and power as possible, with little thought to the comfort when going uphill. With an aggressive sole material like Vibram, lightweight shell material, and the now-standard lever to switch between walk and ski modes (to free the cuff to rotate or lock it in place), the alpine touring boot changed everything. This is the boot to take into the backcountry.

Binding Compatibility:

An alpine touring boot is either compatible with a standard alpine ski binding (DIN normalized binding), a TECH binding, or both. There’s little difference between the boots except for the extra heel and toe fittings required for a boot to be TECH compatible.

Flex Rating:

A stiff boot will have a high flex rating (120-130+), while a softer boot will have a lower flex rating (100-110). Stiffness benefits you during the descent, but it might cause you pain on the skin track—consider whether you prefer superior comfort or performance.

Weight:

A carbon cuff or tongue, lightweight plastic shell, minimalist buckle design, or honeycomb structure help reduce the weight of an AT boot so you can move faster and feel less fatigued during a long tour.