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The Best Alpine Touring Ski Boots of 2016

Top performers for the ups and the downs

The Best Alpine Touring Skis of 2016 (Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
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Enjoyable skiing comes down to happy feet. From the odd skin up the resort to multi-day tours, these six boots have got you covered. 

Technica chochise pro 130
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Tecnica Cochise Pro 130

Best For: Occasional Missions

The Cochise Pro 130 carries over the interchangeable tech- and DIN-compatible soles of last year’s model but gets an upgraded liner. It remains a leader in the AT market, but due to its weight, it isn’t ideal for big-mileage days. That said, if you put a premium on going downhill fast, it can’t be beat. 8.9 lbs

Price $840 

Scott Sports superglide carbon
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Scott Sports Superguide Carbon

Best For: Long Tours

To build this boot, Scott started with its Cosmos II, then added carbon to the lower shell for a lighter ride and better control on descents. It also embedded Gore-Tex into parts of the liner—which one tester called “plush but supportive”—to keep moisture off the skin. 6.2 lbs

Price $1,000

Salomon mtn lab boot
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Salomon MTN Lab

Best For: Randonee Racing

Designers of the MTN Lab had uphill in mind, incorporating numerous touring-friendly features like a lightweight shell, a high-traction sole, and 47 degrees of motion in an easy-to-activate walk mode. But this boot can charge, too, with a carbon spine, 120 flex, and the same snug, 98-millimeter last you’ll find in Salomon’s high-performance alpine-racing models. 7 lbs

Price $950

Dynafit winter guide gtx
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Dynafit Winter Guide GTX

Best For: Living in Your Boots

Aside from a burlier top strap, the shell is identical to Dynafit’s budget-friendly Neo PX, with a wide last, 18 degrees of forward lean, and three buckles, the top of which activates the 60-degree walk mode. But it’s the inside that counts: the liner pairs perforations with Gore-Tex for breathability and waterproofness. 6.8 lbs

Price $700

Lange xt 130
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Lange XT 130

Best For: Big Lines

The XT 130 is back, with an overhauled walk mode that uses a full-metal locking mechanism for ripping downhill. But while testers agreed that the boot now skis like its alpine cousins, the new system doesn’t improve walkability, despite the company’s claims. Still, it’ll get you to apr├Ęs in record time. 8.9 lbs

Price $850

Scarpa freedom rs
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Scarpa Freedom RS

Best For: Doing It All

The new Freedom RS is like the old Freedom SL but with a few key updates, including a stiffer cuff for better control and 130 flex for powerful skiers. Add four buckles and a booster strap, and you’ve got “a boot capable of driving any ski,” as one very impressed tester put it. 8.8 lbs

Price $829
From Winter 2016 Buyer's Guide
Filed To: Alpine Ski BootsWinter Buyer's Guide
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson
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