The Best Backcountry Ski Boots

close up of alpine ski touring boot

There are so many factors to consider when you’re purchasing a backcountry ski boot. What kind of skier are you? Do you want something uphill oriented or downhill performance oriented? What kind of buckling system do you prefer? The list can go on and on… We’re here to help you sift through some of those questions and share some of our favorite backcountry boots on the market. It’s important to remember that ultimately the most important part of this decision is how the boot fits on your foot. Regardless of flex, weight, price, or performance we always put comfort and fit above everything else. So if you can, stop by Tahoe Mountain Sports and let us fit you into your perfect backcountry ski boot!

Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro

Blizzard-Tecinca Zero G Tour PRO


Flex – 130
Last – 99 mm
Weight – 1320 g

We are so impressed with the upgrades to the Zero G Tour Pro this season. It’s way lighter than previous versions and has an improved uphill range of motion of 55 degrees. You have to get this boot on your foot to appreciate it. You’ll notice how light it is right away and how easily you can flex back and forth thanks to it’s large range of motion.

At 1320 g, the Zero G Tour Pro is really in a category of its own. You won’t find many other touring boots with a 130 flex weighing in just over 1300 g. This boot is both incredibly light and incredibly stiff. It’s perfect for folks who like to ski fast and aggressively in the backcountry. One major advantage this boot has going for it is that it’s compatible with the new Salmon/Atomic Shift binding.

Scarpa Quattro SL

Scarpa Women's 4-Quattro SL


Flex – 120
Last – 100 mm
Weight – 1430 g

The new Scarpa Quattro SL toes the line between an uphill touring and downhill powerhouse. At 1290 g (size 27), it’s slightly lighter than the Scarpa Maestrale RS that you’ve come to know and love. This boot can charge. With a 120 flex, the Quattro SL offers that same powerful, freeride performance as the Maestrale with a slightly different buckle design (the Quattro having 4 buckles oppose to 3).

While it’s not the lightest in the lineup, this boot comes the closest to an ideal one boot quiver. It offers exceptional performance on the uphill and downhill without any major compromises.

Dynafit Radical Pro

Dynafit Radical Pro


Flex – 120
Last – 103.5 mm
Weight – 1400 g

The Dynafit Radical Pro features the Hoji Lock System we loved so much in the Hoji. In walk mode, the cuff and shell are separated from each other to be able to climb efficiently with a 60-degree cuff rotation for unrestricted, resistance-free mobility. With the patented Hoji Lock system you can transition to ski mode with “the flip of a switch”. With the freedom of movement you have on the ascent, you may be surprised by its rigidity on the descent. This boot is an overall powerhouse for touring.

Tecnica Zero G Peak

Tecnica Zero G Peak W


Flex – 100
Last – 99 mm
Weight – 980 g

The new Tecnica Zero G Peak is the lightest alpine touring boot that Tecnica offers. At 980 g (size 27), this boot is for those who crave high-mileage missions and technical ski mountaineering descents. The Zero G Peak is built to be extremely light and efficient on the uphill, yet maintain the power and downhill performance you’ve come to know and expect from a Tecnica boot. This boot uses a semi, overlap shell design, allowing the boot to wrap the foot better which not only increases comfort but significantly improves downhill performance. The CAS shell and CAS Light liner provide for a better anatomical fit out of the box. 

A bi-directional carbon fiber plate underfoot reinforces the torsional stability, allowing for better power transmission to the ski, and the efficient single lever T Hike mechanism provides maximum walkability with a 75 degree range of motion. 

Atomic Backland XTD Carbon

Atomic Backland XTD 120


Flex – 120
Last – 100 mm
Weight – 1380 g

A multi-talented touring boot, the hard-flexing Atomic Backland XTD Carbon 120 is the ultimate answer for skiers who demand strong skiing performance in a boot that can climb anything. Designed to power wider touring skis and walk with efficiency, the 100mm medium last allows the foot to move naturally yet retains a secure and powerful foot hold. Constructed with Prolite Technology for the slimmest possible profile with reinforced areas where strength is needed, this lightweight and robust boot offers the best skiing and most versatility of any boot in the Backland Series.

The open-throat and semi-overlap shell design improves step-in/out and foot wrapping while Memory Fit provides advanced heating technology to allow for a fully customized shell, cuff, and liner. A breathable, washable, PVC free 3D Platinum Tour Liner surrounds the foot for a premium, climate-controlled fit. 74° of cuff rotation delivers epic natural movement for unimpeded walking. And a full-rubber touring norm sole makes it compatible with Atomic Shift, and all MN, MNC, as well as Pin bindings.

Find the perfect fit

Not sure which boot is for you? Or maybe you know but need help with finding the right size. Schedule a bootfitting to ensure we find the right size and perfict fit. During your bootfitting you can also get custom insoles made. If you don’t know if that is for you, no worries, it’s something you can discuss with your tech during the fitting. Check out this blog to learn more about the benefits of custom insoles and you can add that option to your appointment when scheduling.

Are you building a backcountry touring setup?

If so, check out our list of the Best Backcountry Skis!

And the Best Avalanche Beacons!

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