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Backcountry boots are built for the purists who grimace at the idea of alpine bindings. You’d rather skin up than ride the lift? These are the boots for you. They are designed to be lightweight, durable, and compatible with your touring binding. These four mountain goat slippers will make going uphill and breeze and still perform on the ski down, but they aren’t as rigid as a resort boot. Looking for a hybrid model? Check out more boots that are uphill-friendly.
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The Best Backcountry Boots of 2022
Dynafit Radical Pro
- MSRP: $800
- Flex: 120
- Last: 103.5mm
- Weight: 3 lbs 0oz
With a 60-degree range of motion and a slipper-like 103.5 mm last, the Radical Pro remains extremely comfortable during long, flat approaches. It skis fairly upright, which makes sense since the boot is designed to be skied in the soft snow of the backcountry. The tongue, which uses two different polyurethane plates, provides a very smooth feel when skiing and allows the boot to power a ski’s inside edge. Read our extended review here.
Fischer TransAlp Pro
- MSRP: $900
- Flex: 120
- Last: 100mm
- Weight: 2lbs 13oz
Fischer gets an A for making a sub-three-pound boot that is incredibly efficient on the uphill but can handle any backcountry snow conditions with ease during the descent. The TransAlp Pro uses Pebax Rnu in the shell, which incorporates sustainable castor oil in the construction. The entire shell is a stiff, responsive package that effectively guides skinny and wide planks alike in a variety of snow conditions. Read our extended review here.
Lange XT3 Tour Pro
- MSRp: $950
- Flex: 130
- Last: 99mm
- Weight: 3lbs 6oz
The XT3 Tour Pro is able to drive some hefty all-mountain wide skis at speed. This comes from the boot’s aggressive forward angle in the cuff, the responsive Dual Core Shell, and the metal-on-metal V-Lock ski/walk mode switch. To lighten up the boot, Lange incorporates Grilamid in the shell and puts the EVA liner on a diet, cutting out any excess materials but still making sure it’s heat-moldable. Read our extended review here.
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SCARPA Maestrale XT
- Buy now: $900
- Flex: 130
- Last: 101mm
- Weight: 3lbs 5oz
The Maestrale XT could outflex many of the 130-ratings in the All-Mountain Adventure category. These are the stiffest backcountry-specific ski boots available, and an ideal option for strong skiers who demand pure responsiveness when it matters most. Thanks to a thermoformable Intuition liner and a 56-degree range of motion, the Maestrale XT still makes for pleasant uphilling in the skin track, too. Read our extended review here.
Looking for more? Check out the best boots from 2021 below. Our editors’ picks from last season still stand.
Scarpa F1 LT
Weight: 2lbs 2.9oz
By combining design elements from its proven F1 backcountry boot and materials from its superlight Alien RS SkiMo race boot, SCARPA’s new F1 LT connects the dots between comfort, performance, and a weight factor that is beyond comparison. The carbon and Grilamid shell and Intuition liner remain trustworthy for technical descents, and a 72-degree range of motion with grippy Vibram soles make going uphill a breeze.
Scott Freeguide Carbon
Weight: 3lbs 3oz
The uphill features on this innovative Scott boot are what impress the most. With a 60-degree range of motion, dual-action nonremovable tongue, and a BOA-adjustable liner that reduces blister-inducing friction points, the Freeguide is ultra-cushy in the skin track. The Cabrio-style Grilamid shell with carbon reinforcements and a beefy spine still make for delightful skiing, especially for skiers looking for a freeride-friendly 130 flex.
Dynafit Hoji Free 110
Weight: 3lbs 7oz
With a softer flex option, Dynafit gives the Hoji Free line more mass appeal as well as smoother uphill performance. The standout factor is still the Hoji Lock, which puts the entire boot in walk mode with a single rear lever and can be adjusted back in ski mode with a ski pole. The heat-moldable Sidas-brand liner keeps the comfort levels top-notch, plus the Grilamid shell provides a stiffer-than-expected feel for a boot in this weight class.