Best 18 Alpine Tourings for 2018

 

Scott Cosmos III Alpine Touring Boot - Mens
Scott Cosmos III Alpine Touring Boot – Men’s
Scott Cosmos III Alpine Touring Boot – Men’s - If you’re a serious skier who spends serious time getting to serious lines, the cosmos is one you don’t want to miss. It also weighs just over three pounds, making it seriously competitive in the poundage department. Scott’s also redesigned the tech fittings, making them dynafit certified for an easy and solid connection with dynafit tech bindings. 5 degrees. Don’t get the impression that it’s a one-dimensional downhill boot, either. It has 60 degrees of cuff rotation for easy ankle articulation, a rugged ski/walk switch, and an aluminum lean/lock bar that allows both the shell and the cuff to move freely for a more natural touring motion. But it’s a more powerful boot than many of the other at offerings out there, including scott’s slightly lighter orbit ii, thanks to the grilamid and scott’s powerlite reinforcing ribs that are placed through the shell and cuff. Made of a marvelously stiff and light grilamid plastic, the cosmos ii is a fairly aggressive boot, with a burly flex of 125 and a lean angle of 11. If you’d rather not spend your days in the backcountry with your feet crammed into an unforgiving race boot or floating around in a floppy-noodle rando boot, then get yourself the scott cosmos ii men’s alpine touring boot. We’d also be remiss to not mention the pwr lite liner, which is seamless, fully thermo-moldable, and it has a reinforced tongue for plenty of smooth-flexing power.

 

Fischer Travers Carbon Alpine Touring Boot
Fischer Travers Carbon Alpine Touring Boot
Fischer Travers Carbon Alpine Touring Boot - This gaiter is not only dexterous, but easily fends off snow build up and sweat alike. So whether you’re searching for a lightweight and dependable ski mountaineering boot or alpine touring boot, the travers has made its grand entrance and ensur. More importantly, though, is the boot’s free-pivoting cuff system that allows for an unobstructed range of motion, specifically 80-degrees worth, and when combined with the easy-to-use walk mode, you’re able to glide up the skin track in no time. While fischer’s travers carbon alpine touring boot may appear as though it gleans its name from the word “traverse,” it’s in fact a blend of the word “versatile” and “transalp,” which happens to be the name of fischer’s famed and dependable skimo planks. Weighing in at just over four pounds a pair, the travers boasts an incredibly lightweight and pliable construction thanks to its grilamid and carbon exterior, while the carbon fiber sheath in the sole assures rigidity and stiffness akin to your favorite alpine boot. However, when encountering roly-poly or more technical skin tracks, cinch the down the cuff and lock-off the walk mode for more supportive, secure fit. Now, you might be wondering how fischer planned on keeping the palau moldable liner dry and comfortable, so grab your popcorn. So, as its verbal denomination suggests, the travers is fischer’s latest and greatest endeavor into the ski mountaineering and alpine touring world. Additionally, the travers features singular power strap that consists of a ratchet and hook-and-loop combination as to provide a fine-tuned fit, and the boa lacing system assures a personalized, pressure-free fit and feel, which is an especially welcomed attribute if you’ve ever had a pair of ill-fitting boots. Since the cuff and lower portion of the boot don’t overlap at the front of the boot or heel, fischer outfitted the travers with a waterproof gaiter that fixes to the shell’s lower portion and stretches just about to the top of the cuff.

 

Salomon Guardian MNC 13 Alpine Touring Binding WhiteBlack L130mm
Salomon Guardian MNC 13 Alpine Touring Binding White/Black, L/130mm
Salomon Guardian MNC 13 Alpine Touring Binding White/Black, L/130mm - When you need bomber skiing as well as solid skinning, an alpine-inspired at binding like the salomon guardian mnc 13 binding is where it’s at. The uphill ease of a tech binding counts for a lot, but sometimes the smooth skinning isn’t worth the occasionally questionable performance on the way down. A single flip-up climbing bail provides heel elevation for steeper ascents. The double full flex baseplate and burly aluminum tubes provide a flex-free platform, so you don’t feel like you’re floating independently of your skis, and the low-profile chassis keeps you close to the snow for increased control and a natural feel. Of course, all this would be for naught if the guardian was a pos on the way up. Luckily, it isn’t, with features like a flat nose that pivots 90 degrees for a natural stride and an easy hike & ride switch that can be activated without stepping out of the binding. Even better, the guardian uses salomon’s mnc (multi-norm compatible) system, which means it’ll work with traditional alpine boots, at boots with rubber soles, salomon’s wtr boots, and even some tech boots, so you don’t have to buy extra gear to access your dream line. With retention that’s virtually identical to trusted alpine clamps, the guardian has a din that can be cranked all the way up to 13, so you won’t worry about stepping out of your bindings in sketchy areas, and a sliding afd and u power toe piece for consistent lateral and twisting release and reliable power transfer.

 

Atomic Tracker 13 MNC Alpine Touring Binding BlackSilver 90mmL
Atomic Tracker 13 MNC Alpine Touring Binding Black/Silver, 90mm/L
Atomic Tracker 13 MNC Alpine Touring Binding Black/Silver, 90mm/L - The aluminum double tubes have been strengthened for a burlier ride, the stand height checks in at a low and precise 26mm, and the easily-adjustable toe piece makes getting the fit and release settings right a cinch. Atomic even simplified the base plate to prevent icing and snow buildup, so you’ll spend less time fiddling with your bindings and more time shredding. With the retention and release of a traditional alpine binding and touring performance that’s downright shocking, the atomic tracker 13 alpinetouring binding can handle just about anything you might want to ski this winter. The tracker certainly isn’t as light and fast as a tech binding, but if you’re more interested in short tours, big lines, and all-mountain versatility than long approaches and techy skiing, then it will definitely get the job done. There are a few changes to this year’s version of the tracker. It skis like an alpine binding, with a rugged u power toe,oversized platform, and a din that goes to 13, but it’ll get you up to to those backcountry lines you want to ski too, thanks to the 90-degree toe pivot, flat nose, and hike-and-ride switch that can be operated while you’re still locked into the binding. The addition of multi-norm compatibility (mnc) means it’s compatible with most alpine, touring, and wtr boot soles. That’ll save you from having to invest in multiple boots to fit all your bindings, but it doesn’t affect the reliable release and retention of the tracker.

 

Atomic Tracker 13 MNC Alpine Touring Binding BlackSilver 130mmS
Atomic Tracker 13 MNC Alpine Touring Binding Black/Silver, 130mm/S
Atomic Tracker 13 MNC Alpine Touring Binding Black/Silver, 130mm/S - That’ll save you from having to invest in multiple boots to fit all your bindings, but it doesn’t affect the reliable release and retention of the tracker. Atomic even simplified the base plate to prevent icing and snow buildup, so you’ll spend less time fiddling with your bindings and more time shredding. It skis like an alpine binding, with a rugged u power toe,oversized platform, and a din that goes to 13, but it’ll get you up to to those backcountry lines you want to ski too, thanks to the 90-degree toe pivot, flat nose, and hike-and-ride switch that can be operated while you’re still locked into the binding. The aluminum double tubes have been strengthened for a burlier ride, the stand height checks in at a low and precise 26mm, and the easily-adjustable toe piece makes getting the fit and release settings right a cinch. The addition of multi-norm compatibility (mnc) means it’s compatible with most alpine, touring, and wtr boot soles. The tracker certainly isn’t as light and fast as a tech binding, but if you’re more interested in short tours, big lines, and all-mountain versatility than long approaches and techy skiing, then it will definitely get the job done. There are a few changes to this year’s version of the tracker. With the retention and release of a traditional alpine binding and touring performance that’s downright shocking, the atomic tracker 13 alpinetouring binding can handle just about anything you might want to ski this winter.

 

Atomic Backland Carbon Light Alpine Touring Boot
Atomic Backland Carbon Light Alpine Touring Boot
Atomic Backland Carbon Light Alpine Touring Boot - As mentioned, the carbon light comes equipped with a soft tongue that can be left in when touring and skiing, or left out altogether to save weight. At first glance, the most notable feature on the backland is the simple and burly free/lock 2. The shell is made from a heat-moldable grilamid material and has a 98mm last, making it a true low-volume boot. Unique to all backland boots is the washable liner that can be cleaned after consecutive days on the mountain. The addition of the soft tongue will add stiffness to the boot, which is punctuated by the carbon spine that is not only lightweight, but stiff and powerful for the descent. The memory fit shell can be customized to accommodate wider feet and feet that require more volume in the instep. 0 walk mode, which consists of an easily engaged and disengaged lever, that once locked in, remains fully rigid during the descent due to a metal-on-metal connection, which is all external, preventing icing and wear over time. The platinum liner can also be customized for a more precise and comfortable fit. 5 shell size and comes equipped with a soft tongue to further reduce weight. Being the lightest offering in atomic’s all-new line of touring-specific boots, the backland carbon light alpine touring boot is for the skier looking to shave ounces from their backcountry setup, while retaining much of the same downhill performance that can be found on stiffer and heavier options in the backland line. Geared toward the lighter-is-better, more rando-focused crowd, the backland carbon light weighs a feathery 2lb 3oz (987g) per boot in a 27.

 

Hagan Ski Mountaineering Skyforce JR Youth Alpine Touring Ski 125cm
Hagan Ski Mountaineering Skyforce JR Youth Alpine Touring Ski, 125cm
Hagan Ski Mountaineering Skyforce JR Youth Alpine Touring Ski, 125cm - Some kids like to rip, too so the sky force comes with a 200mm tip rocker. We hope you are too the sky force ski comes in 125, 135 and 145 cm lengths, each with a specially tuned side cut to ensure easy turning descents for juniors of the corresponding height and weight. The result is the hagan junior series equipment to enable kids to join their parents on recreational tours. 5-107 145cm length 114-82-109. What’s better than sharing the ski touring experience with the whole family hagan is a small, family-owned austrian company. Parents, try to keep up mount a z02 junior binding on the sky force ski and the kids are ready to go side cuts vary by length 125cm length 110-81-105 135cm length 112-81. For 2106, we decided to do more. We couldn’t be more excited. Our mission has always included encouraging and enabling more people to experience the joy of alpine ski touring.

 

G3 Ion LT 12 Alpine Touring Binding With Leash One Color 456g Single
G3 Ion LT 12 Alpine Touring Binding With Leash One Color, 456g Single
G3 Ion LT 12 Alpine Touring Binding With Leash One Color, 456g Single - Don’t be fooled by the ion lt’s lightweight design, because this binding still wants to rip descents like a burly freeride binding. The heel piece can be turned in either direction, meaning you don’t have to turn the heel a full 360-degrees just to put it back into ski mode, and the quicklift heel risers are specifically designed to be easily grabbed with either a ski pole or by hand. You’ll find the same smart designs on the ion lt that reduce the amount of time you spend fiddling with your bindings thanks to easy step-in guides, which help direct the toe inserts on your boots into the toe pins, along with a snow clearing channel, which help to prevent snow and ice from accumulating on the toe piece, causing a false connection that can result in pre-releases. Being the lightest offering in the ion lineup, the ion lt weighs just one pound per binding but maintains the same downhill prowess as its predecessors. The mounting pattern is wide to direct more power to the ski, and the forward pressure heel elasticity works to maintain consistent release values during landings and compressions. A lot of folks were liking what the g3 ion had to offer last season, but wanted to see a lighter, brake-less version for those long tours and big mountaineering objectives when every gram counts, so g3 took heed and developed the ion lt 12 alpine touring binding with leash for all of you minimalist, gram-counting backcountry skiers out there.

 

Hagan Ski Mountaineering Skyforce JR Youth Alpine Touring Ski 135cm
Hagan Ski Mountaineering Skyforce JR Youth Alpine Touring Ski, 135cm
Hagan Ski Mountaineering Skyforce JR Youth Alpine Touring Ski, 135cm - We couldn’t be more excited. We hope you are too the sky force ski comes in 125, 135 and 145 cm lengths, each with a specially tuned side cut to ensure easy turning descents for juniors of the corresponding height and weight. Parents, try to keep up mount a z02 junior binding on the sky force ski and the kids are ready to go side cuts vary by length 125cm length 110-81-105 135cm length 112-81. The result is the hagan junior series equipment to enable kids to join their parents on recreational tours. Our mission has always included encouraging and enabling more people to experience the joy of alpine ski touring. Some kids like to rip, too so the sky force comes with a 200mm tip rocker. What’s better than sharing the ski touring experience with the whole family hagan is a small, family-owned austrian company. For 2106, we decided to do more. 5-107 145cm length 114-82-109.

 

Swix Alpine Touring Ski Maintenance Kit 7-Piece 12 x 12-Inch
Swix Alpine Touring Ski Maintenance Kit, 7-Piece, 12 x 12-Inch
Swix Alpine Touring Ski Maintenance Kit, 7-Piece, 12 x 12-Inch - Fantastic kit to maintain your skis while on the go ideal for backcountry. Glide wax cleaner and fiberlene to clean along with a base and side edger. Seven key items to enhance grip and glide of the skins and base performance. Contains aerosol and can’t be shipped via air. Universal swix f4 for glide and skin wax for climbing skins.

 

Scott Orbit Alpine Touring Boot - Mens
Scott Orbit Alpine Touring Boot – Men’s
Scott Orbit Alpine Touring Boot – Men’s - The orbit switches into walk mode with the flick of a switch, and scott even strengthened the locking rear bar to help you avoid broken boots, which is seriously no bueno. If you can look past this potential drawback, the orbit’s an awesome boot with a 115 flex powerlite and pebax construction, which is strengthened with reinforcements, and 60 degrees of cuff rotation to keep you charging on the way up. The orbit is slightly softer than scott’s top offering, the cosmos, but weighs a few ounces less and has a two-buckle design to save time during transitions. It sits inside a comfortable 103. 5 last that can accommodate wide feet, and scott also included shock-dampening footbed inserts to keep your dogs from barking even on long, rugged tours. Apart from the flex and weight, the two are pretty much identical, with redesigned low-friction, high-retention tech fittings, micro-adjustable ergal buckles, and full-length vibram soles that make walking on slick rocks as easy as sliding down powdery bowls. Scott designed the orbit men’s alpine touring boot exceptionally well, except for one major flaw if you hit the skin track too fast, there’s chance you might actually launch off the top of the ridge and end up stuck in outer space. As is today’s norm, the orbit has a fully heat-moldable liner, which is also seamless and made with a gore-tex membrane for waterproof, breathable protection.

 

Marker Duke EPF Alpine Touring Binding
Marker Duke EPF Alpine Touring Binding
Marker Duke EPF Alpine Touring Binding - Magnesium parts make the duke super heavy duty, but not add any extra weight. The marker duke epf is the binding that set the standard for bindings that have touring ability and still be bombproof in bounds as well. If you want a binding that will slay it in bounds and out the marker duke is the original and the best for you. The duke offers you three different climbing positions of 0, 7, and 13 degrees for smooth and efficient skinning. Marker’s epf has a wider platform for torsional control over your skis, and even more power transfer. The duke has a triple pivot elite toe that has a horizontal spring that will keep you locked in and tight, not matter how gnarly the terrain.

 

Plum Tech Bindings Guide XS Alpine Touring Binding
Plum Tech Bindings Guide XS Alpine Touring Binding
Plum Tech Bindings Guide XS Alpine Touring Binding - Three heel risers accommodate a variety of slope angles to keep you efficient on the uphill, and plum’s too facile technology assures an easy step-in. The xs version uses slightly softer springs to accommodate smaller and lighter skiers, with the same lightweight aluminum construction as the traditional version. The guide xs alpine touring binding is slightly tougher than plum’s race-oriented offerings, yet light enough to conquer big objectives and multi-day trips, making this a great everyday binding for a weight-savvy backcountry fiend.

 

Plum Tech Bindings Yak M 14 Alpine Touring Binding
Plum Tech Bindings Yak M 14 Alpine Touring Binding
Plum Tech Bindings Yak M 14 Alpine Touring Binding - When you know a pound underfoot equates to anywhere between five and ten pounds on your back, you want an ultralight setup so your legs can rally backcountry’s rowdy cliffs, steep couloirs, and high-altitude peaks. Plum tech’s yak m 14 alpine touring binding blends a backcountry-friendly weight with a freeride-focused din for hard-charging skiers who prefer traveling far for king lines. Bringing din values to tech bindings isn’t the only innovation involved with the yak. Since you prefer riding ridiculously difficult terrain, it’s all the more important to have release values ideal for rallying said rowdiness. Plum changed the proximity of the yak’s tech pins for an easier step-in. The rotating heel is pretty classic though, because it’s too easy to switch from ski mode to walk mode–or even the two heel risers–using only your ski poles without taking skis off.

 

Fischer Tour Race Alpine Touring Binding
Fischer Tour Race Alpine Touring Binding
Fischer Tour Race Alpine Touring Binding - Needless to say, the tour race binding is an exciting new offering from fischer, which is built for the gram-counting ski mountaineer. With a unique color scheme, fischer’s tour race binding brings a fresh look to the usually stale demeanor of tech bindings. The toe piece is fitted with a front lever and small nylon bearing, resulting in ultra-smooth transitions between walk and ski mode. Fischer has entered the alpine touring game with a full line of gear that runs the gamut from heavy freeride touring gear to ultralight ski mountaineering equipment. The bottom line’ an ultralight binding with a simplistic design to trim time from your transitions and make your touring experience as simple as possible. The simple flap design quickly transitions the heel to walk mode with a quick flip of a lever, and it has only one heel height to save weight, keeps the design simple, and it functions well on all but the steepest skintracks. Plus, at only eight ounces per pair, the race tour is one of the lightest bindings on the market that meets ismf racing standards.

 

Atomic Backland Alpine Touring Boot
Atomic Backland Alpine Touring Boot
Atomic Backland Alpine Touring Boot - The backland platinum liner has a powerful heel hold with a high amount of breathability and can be washed to keep your boots fresh for the next tour. 5) actual flex 100, cuff alignment none, warranty one year, ski boot width narrow (95-99mm), flex stiff, used no, ski/walk yes, forefoot width 98mm+ memory fit, flex adjustment yes, buckle count 2, category alpine touring, ski gear intended use side country/ backcountry, instep height medium, calf volume medium, skill range advanced intermediate, expert, model year 2018, product id 481241, model number ae501686026x, gtin 0887445117469. The new atomic backland makes an excellent choice if you are looking for an easy to modify at boot. 0 mechanism create a 74 degree range of motion that makes skinning or hiking a breeze. Atomic’s memory fit shell can be heated and molded in a matter of minutes to keep your feet happy on the skin track, at the summit an on your way down. Atomic’s frictionless pivot and free/lock 2. The shell of the backland is made with true flex material that keeps a consistent flex especially once it gets really cold or really warm. Skywalk rubber soles provide you with awesome traction when you need to traverse across some rocks or ice. A grilamid cuff and shell drives extra power towards your ski when the snow gets crunchy or you want to spend a day inbounds. Features soft tongue installed, quick click tongue system, backland platinum liner, 30mm super light strap, skywalk rubber sole, tech inserts, 1107g/per boot in up hill setting (@27.

 

Atomic Backland Alpine Touring Boot
Atomic Backland Alpine Touring Boot
Atomic Backland Alpine Touring Boot - Their breathable bottom keeps feet cool on the up, as well as warm and dry on the descent, and they can be washed, so you give them a proper cleaning before you take them on that hut trip. Although not as light as its carbon brethren in the backland line, this grilamid option comes at a clean price and is still exceptionally light with a stiff feel that will charge on the descent. You might not have expected a boot of this build to come from atomic, but the world is full of wonderful surprises and the atomic backland alpine touring boot is definitely one of them. When it is time to buckle these boots down for the descent, throw the quick click tongue in, fasten down the two aluminum buckles and cross lace system, then quickly lock the walk lever down for a solid and secure feel for the descent. Borrowing technologies from atomic’s more dedicated alpine boots, the backlands feature atomic’s memory fit shell technology, which allows the shell and cuff to be custom fit to the skier’s feet to ensure top-shelf comfort and performance. No, you don’t need to make an emergency eye appointment to get your vision checked–the boots that you are now viewing are in fact made by atomic. The boots feature a ridiculous 74-degree cuff rotation, a frictionless pivot, and a removable tongue for a feel more akin to a pair of hiking boots than ski boots. The platinum liner is supportive through the calf, ankle, and tongue and is heat-moldable. 0 walk mode, which eliminates the chance of things going haywire on really cold days. Atomic didn’t cut any corners on the liners. The backland comes with a 98mm last, making it a true low-volume touring boot. One of the first things you might notice about the backland is the external free/lock 2.

 

Atomic Tracker 13 MNC Alpine Touring Binding BlackSilver 90mmS
Atomic Tracker 13 MNC Alpine Touring Binding Black/Silver, 90mm/S
Atomic Tracker 13 MNC Alpine Touring Binding Black/Silver, 90mm/S - That’ll save you from having to invest in multiple boots to fit all your bindings, but it doesn’t affect the reliable release and retention of the tracker. There are a few changes to this year’s version of the tracker. It skis like an alpine binding, with a rugged u power toe,oversized platform, and a din that goes to 13, but it’ll get you up to to those backcountry lines you want to ski too, thanks to the 90-degree toe pivot, flat nose, and hike-and-ride switch that can be operated while you’re still locked into the binding. With the retention and release of a traditional alpine binding and touring performance that’s downright shocking, the atomic tracker 13 alpinetouring binding can handle just about anything you might want to ski this winter. The aluminum double tubes have been strengthened for a burlier ride, the stand height checks in at a low and precise 26mm, and the easily-adjustable toe piece makes getting the fit and release settings right a cinch. Atomic even simplified the base plate to prevent icing and snow buildup, so you’ll spend less time fiddling with your bindings and more time shredding. The tracker certainly isn’t as light and fast as a tech binding, but if you’re more interested in short tours, big lines, and all-mountain versatility than long approaches and techy skiing, then it will definitely get the job done. The addition of multi-norm compatibility (mnc) means it’s compatible with most alpine, touring, and wtr boot soles.