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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Dynafit TLT6 Performance Ski Boot

A featherweight boot with impressive downhill performance.

by: Kelly Bastone

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This boot’s two-buckle design and trim weight deliver efficiency on the uphill, but the big surprise is how much downhill performance this 115-flex featherweight manages to muster. “The TLT6 taught me not to judge a boot by how many buckles it has,” admits one tester, noting that it provided impressive control while logging runs through steep, tight trees in Colorado’s Park Range.

The full carbon cuff (the $750 MTN version uses Pebax plastic) paired with stiff, lightweight Grilamid nylon makes it easy to apply and maintain edge pressure. An updated version of the Editors’ Choice Award-winning TLT5 (2011), the TLT6 is warmer (thanks to a thicker liner and a heat-reflective aluminum layer) and a smidge roomier. The TLT6 switches from ski to tour mode by unlatching the cuff buckle, which makes it “a joy to walk in because of the range of motion,” says one tester, who claims to have worn street shoes that felt heavier and more cumbersome.

Two removable tongues—one soft, one stiff—let skiers customize the boot for climbs and descents, or even yank the tongue altogether for slipper-like touring. And it floats up 4,500-foot climbs, leaving testers feeling fresh at the summits. But it’s not up to the task of driving wide, heavy boards, its lack of progressive flex (which proved unyielding against testers’ shins during aggressive forward pressure) can make bumpy terrain feel jarring, and it’s only compatible with tech bindings. And it’s pricey. $1,000; 4 lbs. 10 oz.; m’s 22.5-30.5; dynafit.com



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