ryan dittmarwrote a review of Scott Superguide Carbon GTX Alpine Touring Boot on December 8, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have mixed feelings about this category of boots. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, but I always want more. I ski a 140 flex race boot (plug) as my alpine ski boot. So I want that kind of performance out of a boot I can hike in for 6 hours, and I want it super light so all my buddies don't have to wait . . . AND, I want it on a tech binding so it hikes well with a rubber soul for rocky ridges. Reality is, that boot will never exist. You can't make it that light and still perform, but this Scott boot comes as close as anything I've found. This boot hikes really well, with good mobility in the ankle while still giving lateral support for side hills and techy ascents. It's a simple boot that isn't difficult to use and the weight is probably half of my alpine boots (I'm not so nerdy that I measured). You have to ski a true touring boot different than an alpine boot, but once you adjust your stance and ankle flex (you rely much more on ankle strength in a touring boot), this is a really nice performing boot. The lateral stiffness and fit in the boot cuff makes the boot predictable, but you really have to stay in the center of the boot cuff in the fore/aft direction. What you gain in hiking you sacrifice on the descent. I like this boot because I feel like I'm not sacrificing as much on the ski-ablity as I'm gaining hike-ability. This is probably the 8th touring boot I've tried and the only one that I haven't sold after the 1st or 2nd use. The liner is pretty small and I've had to cut out a good bit of the toe box to relieve pressure on my toes. The shell fit is good, but if you like your boots snug, be prepared to do some work on the liner and definitely get foot beds (I firmly believe everyone should have a custom foot bed in their ski and board boots, especially if they are going to be spending a good amount of time in them). Finally, a touring boot I can live with.