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Question AT boot recommendations?

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by sastrugi, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. sastrugi

    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    +1 has to go through the trauma of new boots this year as his beloved old Lowa Struktura Evo slippers pretty much exploded off his feet at the end of last season. We're a bit off the ball with knowledge on new boots. What are the current recommendations and opinions on AT Boots we can buy either in Melbourne or Thredbo/Valley/Jindy?
     
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  2. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lowa Struktura’s!
    Noice, I had a pair for about a decade.

    For AT I would look at Harro (more ‘Freeride AT’ range maybe as a way to describe what he had last season on the shelves), or Rhythm for the widest range from entry level to top end to freeride to whatever. Wilderness Sportsmay have what you are after too but smaller range.

    Rythm has a huge range.
     
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    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Whatever fits his feet best.... followed by lightness and amount of ankle flexion..... Would have liked to try Dynafit boots but they are just too narrow for my feet. Skied Scarpa for a while but lack of instep height played havoc with my munted metatarsals. Now (after several boot fitting tweeks), feet seem to be happy in Atomic Backland. Also feet happy in Technica Cochise, but they are as heavy as a couple of house bricks. When you are earning turns, comfort comes first.
     
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  4. sastrugi

    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    @climberman Is Harro based at Wild Brumby in the Valley? I'd like the convenience of buying in Melbourne when we have more time to try everything on but I think I might prefer the convenience of buying on/near snow for tweaking as required.

    And @Fozzie Bear Interesting to hear your comments... in the old days I recall there were very definite downhill branded boots and AT branded boots... seems most companies seem to be across both and accepted by both communities now?
     
  5. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Harro has a winter shop at Crackenback Resort

    http://www.harrosnowsports.com.au/
     
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    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    @sastrugi yep, most major boot manufacturers have something in the AT lineup these days. Funny thing is I used to swim in Atomic downhill boots but the Atomic Backland Carbon not only fits me well (with last tweeks Andy Burford at Wild Brumby) but is a seriously good boot.
     
  7. sastrugi

    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, AT is a good reason for the usual companies to add a few hundred $$ to their normal boot range!

    And yeah, I remember Andy at WB now, cheers :)
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    La Sportiva is another brand that suits slender feet better. Very nice though.
     
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    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have buttugly La Sportiva trail running shoes and I love them to bits. I think Bogong in Little Bourke St stock them, thanks for the reminder :thumbs:
     
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    Doug at emc in deepdene (far kew) has a decent AT range i think @sastrugi and is a very good boot fitter imo
     
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    Wilderness Sports in Jindy has i think some Scarpa models. The birdies told me pricing should be good on particular models. Call and have a chat with Beck to find out which models they have/will have by the season.
     
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    Try the Atomic Hawk Ultra xtd in various flexes. Mine is a 120. Plenty stiff.
     
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    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks mr, he's been highly recommended elsewhere too. I think I can hear Balwyn calling ;)
     
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    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    According that the link in the post below, these are very highly rated, thanks!
     
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