The 6 Best Backcountry Boots of 2013

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Black Diamond Equipment Push Ski Boots

BEST ALL MOUNTAIN (TELEMARK)

Last year, BD updated the Push with an improved Boa liner and a plastic tongue for more forward support. It remains BD’s do-it-all boot, with good lateral rigidity and smooth range of motion on the way up. 8.6 lbs

Dynafit Vulcan TF Ski Boots

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BEST FAST AND LIGHT (ALPINE TOURING)

With a carbon-fiber cuff and three buckles, the Vulcan is Dynafit’s stiffest boot. The free-floating cuff makes for effortless strides when touring. Our only gripe: getting it on and off is a bit tricky. 7 lbs

Scarpa Terminator X Ski Boots

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BEST BIG MOUNTAIN (TELEMARK)

The touring-oriented TX, redesigned specifically for the Freedom NTN binding, is reasonably stiff and laterally powerful. Smart: tech-compatible fittings allow you to pair it with Dynafit-type alpine-touring bindings. 7 lbs

Garmont Kenai Ski Boots

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BEST FAST AND LIGHT (TELEMARK)

This two-buckle classic remains one of the lightest telemark boots out there. Its low-cut Pebax shell helps minimize weight and maximize comfort. But it can only drive lightweight touring skis under 100 millimeters. 7.2 lbs

Scarpa Maestrale RS Ski Boots

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BEST ALL MOUNTAIN (ALPINE TOURING)

This year’s four-buckle Maestrale is stiffer and heavier but otherwise unchanged, with a comfy walk mode and a moldable liner. It can drive all but the fattest skis. “Exactly the same boot only better,” said one tester. 6.9 lbs

Lange XT 130 Ski Boots

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BEST BIG MOUNTAIN (ALPINE TOURING)

Lange finally embraces the sidecountry with the XT 130. It’s stiff enough to drive any ski but is designed to go up, too, with a hike mode, lightweight buckles and liner, and a grippy rubberized sole. Available in two widths. 9.3 lbs

Psst, hard-charging resort skiers who hike a lot and occasionally head into sidecountry: the Lange XT 130 is designed for you.

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