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Outfitter: Backcountry, Lock Down-Boots

posted: 02/29/2000
by Cindy Hirschfeld

In design, AT boots are similar to regular Alpine ski boots, but they're lighter and softer flexing and they come equipped with a lugged sole for on-snow hiking. Styles range from relatively stiff and beefy to soft enough to accommodate long tours. Longtime Alpine skiers will probably feel most comfortable in a stiffer boot. But the ideal combination of support and comfort, as always, is an individual preference.

This season, Scarpa brought the Laser ($519), previously available only in Europe, stateside. This three-buckle boot is light but also delivers spot-on downhill performance, and it's compatible with the Dynafit binding as well as others. Garmont, known for telemark boots, recently introduced its first line of AT boots. The GSM Compact ($420) is a high-performance three-buckle boot. Though Garmont does make women's-lasted tele boots, the Compact is currently available only as a unisex model. Nordica's top-of-the-line TR 12 ($455) three-buckle model features an Outlast liner for temperature regulation and a hefty Vibram sole.

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