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Topo Merino Comp Trail Sock

Backcountry.com Topo Merino Comp Trail Sock

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Darn Tough Merino Wool Mesh 1/4 Running Sock

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Darn Tough Merino Wool No-Show Mesh Running Sock

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SmartWool PhD Outdoor Light Micro Sock

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SmartWool PhD Outdoor Light Mini Sock

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PhD Running Light Mini Sock

SmartWool PhD Running Light Mini Sock

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PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock - Women's

SmartWool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock - Women's

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Run Lightweight Coolmax No-Show Toe Sock

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Sport Original Weight Micro Toe Sock

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Experia XCCU Thin Cushion Coolmax Micro Mini Crew Sock

Thorlos Experia XCCU Thin Cushion Coolmax Micro Mini Crew Sock

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PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock

SmartWool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock

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PhD Running Light Micro Sock - Women's

SmartWool PhD Running Light Micro Sock - Women's

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Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves

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High Performance Ultra Light No Show Tab Sock

Feetures! High Performance Ultra Light No Show Tab Sock

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Zip Hyperlite No Show Sock - Men's

KEEN Zip Hyperlite No Show Sock - Men's

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Running Extra Light Mini Crew Sock

Point6 Running Extra Light Mini Crew Sock

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Run Original Weight Coolmax Mini-Crew Toe Sock

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PhD Running Ultra Light Mini Sock

SmartWool PhD Running Ultra Light Mini Sock

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Elite Light Cushion No Show Tab Sock

Feetures! Elite Light Cushion No Show Tab Sock

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PhD Running Light Micro Sock

SmartWool PhD Running Light Micro Sock

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PhD Toe Micro Sock

SmartWool PhD Toe Micro Sock

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Speed Trail Sock - Men's

Bridgedale Speed Trail Sock - Men's

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Phd Run UL Knee-High Sock - Women's

SmartWool Phd Run UL Knee-High Sock - Women's

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Qw-ik Sock - Men's

Bridgedale Qw-ik Sock - Men's

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PhD Run Ultra Light Mini Sock - Women's

SmartWool PhD Run Ultra Light Mini Sock - Women's

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True Seamless No-Show Light Cushion Running Sock - Men's

Darn Tough True Seamless No-Show Light Cushion Running Sock - Men's

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Light Runner No Show Socks - Women's

FITS Light Runner No Show Socks - Women's

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Zip Hyperlite No Show Sock - Women's

KEEN Zip Hyperlite No Show Sock - Women's

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PhD Compression Calf Sleeve

SmartWool PhD Compression Calf Sleeve

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Run Original Weight Coolmax No-Show Toe Sock

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Ultra Light Runner No Show Socks - Women's

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Ventilator Compression Support Socks

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PhD Running Graduated Compression Ultra Light Sock

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Multisport Ultralite Mini Sock - Men's

Icebreaker Multisport Ultralite Mini Sock - Men's

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PhD Running Graduated Compression Light Sock

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True Seamless No Show Light Cushion Running Sock - Women's

Darn Tough True Seamless No Show Light Cushion Running Sock - Women's

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Cool Fusion Speed Diva Sock - Women's

Bridgedale Cool Fusion Speed Diva Sock - Women's

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True Seamless No-Show Tab Ultra-Light Running Socks - Women's

Darn Tough True Seamless No-Show Tab Ultra-Light Running Socks - Women'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.