Maxwrote a review of Scott Cosmos III Alpine Touring Boot on February 28, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Let me preface this review by stating that I was hesitant to purchase touring boots by Scott, a company I associated with exclusively downhill skiing before now. Then the boot fitter told me that Scott actually purchased Garmont and kept their boot engineers and production platform, and the result was the Cosmos III. What I first noticed was the simplicity in the design; no crazy bells and whistles or moving parts means less likelihood of things breaking in the backcountry, which for me is a huge asset. However I bought these over more widely-known touring boots (like Scarpa, etc) purely for fit. The wider last makes these super comfortable, and with a custom liner immediately fit my foot like a well used glove. Gone are the days of sore feet after 15 minutes on the skintrack. In are the days of hours of touring without any pain or hotspots. While I can't promise the same since all individuals are different, if you have a wider forefoot like me, these boots will do you well. I encourage you to try them on in a store before you by, just like any boots.
Until last week I had only done a number of small side-country and easy backcountry days, and didn't feel comfortable writing a review until I tested them on some real terrain. After a trip to Japan and a summit of a very firm and technical Mt. Yotei, I can confirm that these boots kick ass. Not only were they great on the gradual approach and later steep sections of skinning, but they also did amazing bootpacking the last 700 vertical meters and ripping turns in the volcanic crater.
What really did it for me though was the descent back down the side of Yotei. Imagine a 300 m field of a mixture of wind-drifted pow, sastrugi, and ice. These boots felt stable, comfortable, and were able to drive my ski perfectly down some extremely technical terrain. The same was not seen for my compatriot (probably because he wasn't wearing these boots), who took a gnarly fall and was forced to walk out. Overall I spent 13 and a bit hours in these boots skinning up and then skiing my buddy down, without any blisters or hotspots at all. The same could never have been said for my previous boots.
All in all, these are fantastic boots that will work well overall for those with a wider forefoot, both on the skintrack, bootpack, or descent. Cosmos is a fitting name, since they will take you to the moon and back and you'll love them the whole way.
Photo is me hiking up the side of Yotei!