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Baltoro 65 Backpack - 3844-4150cu in

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Conness 55 Backpack - 3356cu in

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Conness 70 Backpack - 4271cu in

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Xena 70 Backpack - Women's - 3783-4272cu in

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Deva 60 Backpack - Women's - 3539-3844cu in

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ACT Lite 65+10 Backpack - 3950cu in

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ACT Lite 45+10 SL Pack - Women's - 3350-3350cu in

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Banchee 65 Backpack - 3967cu in

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Aura 65 Backpack - 3800-4200cu in

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Aircontact 60 +10 SL Backpack - Women's- 3660cu in

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Terra 65 Backpack - 3950cu in

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Lariat 65 Backpack - 3966cu in

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Aura 50 Backpack - 2441-3234cu in

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Exos 48 Backpack - 2746-3112cu in

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ACT Lite 60+10 SL Backpack - Women's - 4250cu in

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Lakota 65 Backpack - 3900cu in

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J 63 Backpack - Women's - 3722-3966cu in

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Volt 60 Backpack - 3661cu in

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Matthes Crest 72 Backpack - 4393cu in

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Altra 62 Backpack - Women's - 3782-3965cu in

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Ariel 65 Backpack - Women's - 3600-4150cu in

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Mercury 65 Backpack - 3967-4087cu in

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Blaze A.C. 60 Ki Backpack - 3350-3660cu in

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Crown V.C. 60 Backpack - 3660-4000cu in

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Element 60 Backpack - 3661-3783cu in

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Nozone 55 Backpack - 3234-3478cu in

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Blaze A.C. 60 Backpack - 3350-3660cu in

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Contour 60 Backpack - 3539-3783cu in

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Aether 60 Backpack - 3478-3844cu in

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Viva 50 Backpack  - Women's - 3051cu in

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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).

Interest:

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.