Things to Consider When Choosing AT Touring Boots
These leading questions are meant to help you get an idea of what category of Touring Boots are right for you. It’s important to be honest with yourself here - you don’t want to end up with boots suited to a kind of skiing that you’re not actually going to be doing.
- What type of skiing do you plan to do in this boot? Aggressive big-mountain riding just outside of the resort, or week-long hut trips in the Alps?
- Do you plan to use this Touring Boots in the ski area, or strictly for touring?
- What style of ski bindings will you be using with this boot?
- What's your ability level, and how supportive of a boot do you need to ski all the conditions you might encounter in the backcountry?
The question of how much Touring Boots you'll need to confidently ski all terrain and conditions can be more complicated than you think, and often depends on the individual and the day. Even the experts are constantly adjusting their idea of what boot works best for them, so don't feel bad if you aren’t able to figure it out right away. If in doubt, choosing a slightly heavier, more supportive option is probably the safer bet. While this may seem inconvenient on the way up, the added security of a sturdier boot can make all the difference on the way down.
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