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Heli Pro 20L Backpack - 1200cu in

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Kode 32 Backpack - 1770-1953cu in

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Khamski 38 Backpack - 2075-2441cu in

Arc'teryx Khamski 38 Backpack - 2075-2441cu in

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Arc'teryx Khamski 48 Backpack - 2746-3234cu in

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Quintic 38L Backpack - 2319cu in

Arc'teryx Quintic 38L Backpack - 2319cu in

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Hollowpoint Backpack - 1220cu in

Black Diamond Hollowpoint Backpack - 1220cu in

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Kode 22 Backpack - 1200-1400cu in

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Black Hole Daypack 35L - 2135cu in

Patagonia Black Hole Daypack 35L - 2135cu in

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Sirrus 36 Backpack - 2100-2300cu in - Women's

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Variant 52 Backpack - 3000-3400cu in

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Bike One 20 Backpack - 1220cu in

Deuter Bike One 20 Backpack - 1220cu in

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Bike One 18 SL Backpack - Women's - 1098cu in

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Day Hiker 25L Backpack - 1526cu in

Burton Day Hiker 25L Backpack - 1526cu in

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Bandit Winter Pack - 671cu in

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Freerider 26 Backpack - 1587cu in

Deuter Freerider 26 Backpack - 1587cu in

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Verto 26 Backpack - 1600cu in

The North Face Verto 26 Backpack - 1600cu in

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Waterproof Daypack - 2105cu in

The North Face Waterproof Daypack - 2105cu in

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Speed Lite 10 Backpack - 600cu in

Deuter Speed Lite 10 Backpack - 600cu in

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Revelation Avalung Backpack - 2014-2136cu in

Black Diamond Revelation Avalung Backpack - 2014-2136cu in

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Angstrom 28 Backpack - 1710cu in

The North Face Angstrom 28 Backpack - 1710cu in

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Outlaw Avalung Backpack - 1831-1953cu in

Black Diamond Outlaw Avalung Backpack - 1831-1953cu in

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Speed Lite 30 Backpack - 1850cu in

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Magnum Backpack - 1098cu in

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Freerider Pro 30 Backpack - 1850cu in

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Guide Lite 32 Backpack - 1953cu in

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Sonar Backpack - 1464-1587cu in

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Trans Alpine 25 Backpack - 1530cu in

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Guide Lite 28 SL Backpack - Women's - 1709cu in

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Speed 22 Backpack - 1340cu in

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Alpha FL 45 Backpack - 1953cu in

Arc'teryx Alpha FL 45 Backpack - 1953cu in

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Alpinisto 35 Backpack - 1892-2258cu in

Gregory Alpinisto 35 Backpack - 1892-2258cu in

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Escapist 30 Backpack - 1648-1831cu in

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Kestrel 32 Backpack - 1800-2000cu in

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Mutant 38 Backpack - 2136-2502cu in

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Sirrus 24 Backpack - 1400-1600cu in - 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.