Alpine Touring (AT)
You've always wanted to a be a fighter pilot, a professional wrestler, and a rodeo rider, but guess what? Pilots, wrestlers, and cowpokes all want to be skiers; after all, it's the only way they can wear the Scott Voodoo NTN Men's Telemark Boot, which is way better than cowboy boots, knee-high leathers, and whatever shoes pilots wear to stomp on the plane's gas pedal, which is probably how planes work. With a burly mountain-man flex of 130, powerful high overlap construction, and an adjustable spoiler, you can ski the Voodoo as hard as you want without powering through the front and ending up with your nose resting on your ski. It has a 13-degree lean angle and an asymmetrical bellows design for the proper flex, and Scott also used four separate injections to create the lower shell, making a boot that's laterally stiff so you can power through turns without tipping over or twisting on top of your ski. Although it's designed for hard chargers, the Voodoo is as capable of racing up a line as it is maching down one, with a ski/walk switch that provides 46 degrees of cuff rotation (more than Scott's burliest alpine touring boot, if you want to brag to your friends), and a fully moldable PWR Tour liner with a stiff Pebax-reinforced tongue that hugs your foot when you're on the way or down. Throw in some micro-adjustable Ergal buckles that won't re-latch themselves after you've unbuckled, and you'll leave all your alpine friends at the lodge while you're still down for another lap.
Although its combination of the bright, beautiful blue cuff and snow-like white shell reminds you of bluebird days, the Celeste Touring Boot is far from just another pretty face. This boot sports a lightweight design suitable for steep skinners and long days in the backcountry, and a stiff 120 flex provides the performance that intermediate to advanced downhill skiers looking for. Scott achieved this phenomenal flex-to-weight ratio by building the boot out of Powerlite, which is a combination of stiff, superlight Grilamid and sturdy polyurethane. Underfoot, the Celeste features Vibram's ever-reliable rubber sole that, when combined with a ski/walk mode, allows the Celeste to reach the most celestial heights via mountaineering routes. This heavenly touring boot also features Scott's thermo-moldable Pwr Lite liner that offers a customized fit after a short heat-packing process. Pwr Lite also has a Gore-Tex membrane for waterproof breathable protection, and mesh panels enhance ventilation for the airflow required on sweaty skinners. Shock dampening inserts make your downhill experience more solid than most touring boots can offer.
If you'd rather not spend your days in the backcountry with your feet crammed into an unforgiving race boot or floating around in a floppy-noodle rando boot, then get yourself the Scott Cosmos III Men's Alpine Touring Boot. Made of a marvelously stiff and light Grilamid plastic, the Cosmos II is a fairly aggressive boot, with a flex of 115 and a lean angle of 11.5 degrees. It also weighs just over three pounds, making it seriously competitive in the poundage department. But it's a more powerful boot than many of the other AT offerings out there, including Scott's slightly lighter Orbit II, thanks to the Grilamid and Scott's PowerLite reinforcing ribs that are placed through the shell and cuff. If you're a serious skier who spends serious time getting to serious lines, the Cosmos is one you don't want to miss. Don't get the impression that it's a one-dimensional downhill boot, either. It has 60 degrees of cuff rotation for easy ankle articulation, a rugged ski/walk switch, and an aluminum lean/lock bar that allows both the shell and the cuff to move freely for a more natural touring motion. Scott's also redesigned the tech fittings, making them Dynafit certified for an easy and solid connection with Dynafit tech bindings. We'd also be remiss to not mention the PWR Lite liner, which is seamless, fully thermo-moldable, and it has a reinforced tongue for plenty of smooth-flexing power.
Ladies rip just as hard as dudes (frequently harder, really), and they need a boot that can keep up, like the Scott Minerva 75mm Women's Telemark Boot. Only the hardest-charging of the hard-chargers will need a boot with a burlier flex than the Minerva's progressive 120, and the asymmetrical bellows are designed to offer plenty of resistance without tossing smaller riders onto their heels. Throw in a rugged Pebax shell and four separate injection panels to keep the lower boot laterally stiff, and you'll be hard-pressed to show the Minerva a line it can't handle. Don't be under the impression that the Minerva is a foot and soul-crushing torture device, though. Scott built it with a snug but comfortable 100mm last, and it hooked it up with a fully-moldable, women-specific PWR Telemark High liner that'll hold you solidly in place without squeezing out any tears or curse words. It's also a fully-capable backcountry boot, with an easy ski/walk switch that gives you a generous 46 degrees of cuff rotation, making it as easy to access your lines as it is to crush 'em. Even the buckles are thoughtfully designed, having the ability to stay wide open when released, so you don't struggle getting into and out of your boots.
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