I'm in the market for a new ski boot. The past three seasons, I have skied the Fischer Ranger 12 Vacuüm Fit. But they are wearing out and in the future I will be able to use the boot in tech bindings, as well as in alpine bindings. I've done some online research myself and found one boot that - on paper - meets my criteria (2017 Tecnica Cochise 120 DYN), but I wonder what else is out there?
- Flex 110-120 (I'm a level 7 skier, 87 kg, 1.82 m)
- Fits both alpine bindings (ISO 5355) and tech bindings, possibly with easy to switch sole pads? I want to take them skinning as well as use them in technical training on my cheater GS skis on piste...
- Not too wide: my right foot is 99 mm wide, the other 102 mm, length is resp. 26.2 and 26.3 cm (my Rangers are mondo 26.5 and they fit well)
- I have a fairly narrow heel and ankle, so not too wide in that area either
- Not too heavy (will be alright if they're designed for touring, I guess)
- Walk and ski mode + lots of cuff movement in walk mode (will not be a problem in that type of boot, I imagine)
Any models I should definately look out for (other than the Tecnica Cochise 120 DYN)?
I hear the new Technica is going to be great.
However I'll also assume you are aware of the trade off between alpine downhill performance and ability to use tech bindings while able to easily/comfortably skin.
E.g. a big ask for the boot and one where you either lean toward either end of the spectrum or are stuck with a boot that does neither very well.
Most everybody around here has different boots for lift serve ripping and skinning/touring for that very reason. A boot that can provide good performance while ripping on your Racetigers while also be appropriate for touring (light, lots of ROM, etc) doesn't truly exist. Something that might be adequate perhaps, but nothing that can do both well.
What's wearing out with your Rangers? (I have Ranger 12s too)
It seems strange that you need them replaced already due to wear. If you want something new for other reasons, thats a different story.
If it's the soles, they are replaceable. I already had the soles on my Rangers replaced once, and also bought a 2nd set of soles for 2years down the line in case they stop selling the soles.
That being said, at least on my Rangers I do think the walk/hike mode gives it a broken "spine" and is a big compromise in performance to have that feature, so take that into consideration even compared to other all-mountain boot.Last edited: Apr 21, 2017hbear likes this.
You might check out the Salomon QST Pro 120. Swappable soles:
Also Scarpa's Freedom SL, though they might be somewhat too high-volume. They have swappable soles and tour pretty well:
Also, Dalbello (which are generally kind of narrow) states that their Lupo T.I. can add soles that meet ISO 5355 but aren't certified. I'd do it.
for next season the lange XT free tour, will have a compatible alpine sole as well as the WTR?pin sole, but that and the ones listed above are pretty much your lot, you are looking for the needle in the haystack of boots and whilst these boots have an alpine ISO 5355 sole none of them are TUV certified as the pin inserts create a break in the radius of the toe piece (they all work and have been tested by TUV they just don't have the bit of paper as yet due to a technicality)
good luck with your quest, personally i would be looking at a good alpine boot and a lighter weight touring boot, but hey that's just me
So I guess I will be looking for two boots (alpine and touring), The Alpine boot being higher priority than the touring boot. But thanks all for helping me sorting this out.
your boot fitter should be able to make some pretty major changes to a boot if required, was the freetour the LV or the 100mm last? that 3mm makes a lot of difference if you have a wider foot
I'm still interested in trying an Atomic Hawk Ultra XTD something next season. Fortunately I still pretty happy with my Salomon X-max 120 Alpine boots so am in no hurry and can entertain a two boot quiver.
The "real" backcountry skiers will tell you a two boot approach is the best way to go, beef boot = jack of all trades, master of none.