“These are the most comfortable alpine touring boots on the planet.” That’s the sort of superlative these two-buckle boots universally garnered. The TLT5s feel like slippers on the uphills (they weigh less than some heavy-duty hiking boots), but have the control of four-bucklers on the downs. “I wore them on an exposed traverse that led to the top of a steep and narrow chute,” says one tester. “Despite their crazy-light weight, they had the stiffness to let me make the tight, do-or-die turns.”
The shell is notable for both its materials and design. It’s a combination of flexible Pebax plastic (used in many touring boots) and Grilamid, a stiffer resin used mainly in sunglasses for its exceptional rebound. Those materials, plus flex zones (like bellows on a telemark boot) near the toes, allows for a full range of motion while skinning and solid power transfer from boot to ski while downhill ripping. The trim shell design has no excess material, and a pronounced rocker (curved sole) gives it incredible walking comfort. Switching from ski to hike mode is easy: Just flick open the magnesium top buckles and go. No need to flip a switch, since the TLT5 dispenses with the metal stay found on the back of other touring boots; instead, an internal sliding plate stiffens the boot and creates 18 degrees of forward lean when you lock the cuffs into ski mode.
Bummer: The removable plastic bales tend to pop off; pack a couple of ski straps in case.
5 lbs. (w’s 25.5); men’s 22.5-30.5, women’s 22.5-27.5