Weight on your feet is more tiring than weight on your back by a factor of five. So lighter boots means you’re less tired when you reach the summit, you get more runs in on a day when you’re hiking for turns, and you get back to base with enough energy for après.
La Sportiva has a new secret weapon for backcountry skiers: the lightest four-buckle touring boot on the market. The company will show the boot for the first time at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the end of January.
The Spectre (men) and Sparkle (women) weigh in at 1,395 grams—just 3.075 pounds—per boot in size 27. That’s nearly half a pound lighter than anything else currently available.
But it’s not just the weight that will make you want to ski this boot—it’s the range of motion. In "walk" mode the Spectre and Sparkle have 30-degree front and 30-degree back rotation and a full 60-degree range of motion to reduce resistance in steep terrain. In the Spectre and Sparkle, your skinning strides will be limited only by your ankle flexibility, not by your boot.