Given you can expect to be wearing these boots for ski touring missions lasting up to 12 hours, covering 2,000 metres of ascent – over distances of up to 30km, you’ll soon realise that ski touring boots are one of the most important bits of kit that you’ll be purchasing for your touring setup.
The next issue with touring boots is that the “best ones” are always subjective. Fit, for example, is often the most important issue when it comes to what a person’s favourite ski boot is. And fit, as you might expect, can vary widely from brand to brand; due to the different moulds brands use to form the shape of the boot.
“Ski touring boots are one of the most important bits of kit that you’ll be purchasing”
It’s therefore vital for me, at this point, to rehash the time-old cliche that you should get yourself down to a brick and mortar store to try on a wide range of ski touring boots before you go and lay down your hard-earned cash on them. The last thing you want is for a boot to be unbearable after a couple hours of use.
Proper ski shops will carry a wide range of boots, giving you as much choice as possible. They’ll also have the ability to customise to customise the shells to fit the unique shape of your foot.
Aside from fit, here are some other things to consider when trying to choose the right touring boot for your needs.