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Baltoro 75 Backpack - 4455-4760cu in

Gregory Baltoro 75 Backpack - 4455-4760cu in

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Aether 85 Backpack - 5004-5553 cu in

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Xenith 88 Backpack - 5370-5858cu in

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Xena 85 Backpack - Women's - 4699-5187cu in

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Deva 70 Backpack - Women's - 4150-4455cu in

Gregory Deva 70 Backpack - Women's - 4150-4455cu in

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Palisade 80 Backpack - 4699-5370cu in

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Altra 75 Backpack - Men's - 4577-4760cu in

Arc'teryx Altra 75 Backpack - Men's - 4577-4760cu in

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Ariel 75 Backpack - Women's - 4211-4577cu in

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ACT Lite 75+10 Backpack - 4577cu in

Deuter ACT Lite 75+10 Backpack - 4577cu in

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Aircontact 75+10 Pack - 4580cu in

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Apex 80 Backpack - 4882cu in

Mountainsmith Apex 80 Backpack - 4882cu in

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Viva 65 Backpack - Women's - 3967cu in

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Onyx 75 Backpack - Women's - 4577-4699cu in

Black Diamond Onyx 75 Backpack - Women's - 4577-4699cu in

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Coyote Backpack - 4700-4900cu in

Kelty Coyote Backpack - 4700-4900cu in

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Volt 75 Backpack - 4,577cu in

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Mercury 75 Backpack - 4577-4700cu in

Black Diamond Mercury 75 Backpack - 4577-4700cu in

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Mission 75 Backpack - 4455-4699cu in

Black Diamond Mission 75 Backpack - 4455-4699cu in

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Nozone 75 Backpack - 4210-4577cu in

Arc'teryx Nozone 75 Backpack - 4210-4577cu in

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Revival 65 Backpack - 3800cu in

Sierra Designs Revival 65 Backpack - 3800cu in

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Fifty-Two 80 Backpack - 4882cu in

MHM Fifty-Two 80 Backpack - 4882cu in

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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.