Gear Institute's Best Backcountry Boots of 2012-13: Dynafit Vulcan

A very lightweight, three buckle, alpine touring/freeride boot with tech fittings

Dynafit Vulcan.     Photo: Dynafit

THE GOOD
    •    Strength to weight ratio is very high.
    •    Walk mode provides optimum tourability.
    •    Very light and nimble for making quick work of bootpacks, or tackling long slogs.
    •    The widened last accommodates more foot widths.

THE BAD
    •    Tricky to get in and out.
    •    They’re not cheap.
    •    Walk mode is activated by fully disengaging top buckle.
    •    Liners are a bit chintzy for such an expensive boot.

THE VERDICT
No question—the Vulcan is an excellent AT boot that can tour and ski any and all backcountry conditions. It’s light and nimble, but very stiff—with a serious strength to weight ratio, and the boot has more everyday-user appeal than Dynafit's popular TLT5. We really liked this boot, but the steep, $1,000 price takes some thunder out of our applause.

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