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Switching to Touring Boots

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A friend of mine has suggested I consider switching from downhill ski boots to touring boots such as Scarpa as finds them more comfortable and easier to live with normal resort life. He explained benefits include ease of removing liners, grippy vibram sole and easier when walking to lifts and kids ski school etc. I have around 500 meter walk to the slopes. Currently use Nordica downhill boots flex rated around ~100 and strong skier - they shell is getting ropey (9yo) but replaced liners last year. Have no touring ambitions (yet) and wondering if I should consider switching and if any downsides?
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@Ozboy, obvious downside is binding compatibility - touring soles don't fit in many alpine bindings. Less of an issue if you have your own skis though you might have to get new bindings. If your skis have a system binding you may be very limited. The flex pattern may be an issue for you too, touring boots tend to be softer and less progressive (not all, but in general). They're built to do different things.

If you are only doing lift served skiing (on /off piste) I'd think you'd be better off with one of the many crossover boots - typically more alpine like but with a walk mode, and maybe a firewall/wtr rubber sole (but note binding compatibility issues again). There's a vast range of options now - alpine vs rockered sole, tech fittings (or not), biased to downhill/uphill, weight etc.
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For comfort and ease of walking use touring every time. An acquaintance of mine recently switched to full touring and was so impressed asked "why do they still make downhill boots" ......I couldn't answer that one!
Another friend who had to switch back to alpine for BASI training described a touring set up as "more relaxed", I think that sums it up nicely.
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@mgrolf, @Rogerdodger, Thanks for replying and highlighting potential binding compatibility issues. I live near pro-feet in London and will talk to them about my options including crossover boots.
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@Ozboy, Just ask them to talk through All-Mountain Boots. Good compromise without coming over to the Dark Side.
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@panaga52, Could all-mountain boots be used for touring if required down the road?
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I found that freeride/touring boots usually feel about 20 (on the rating) less stiff than an equivalently rated race type boot. So you my want to up to a 110 or 120 boot to get the same power transmission for piste skiing.
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@Ozboy, Go the whole hog and try telemark... even comfier than touring boots wink
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Thanks for replying and highlighting potential binding compatibility issues

Invest in some Salomon Shift bindings & you can ski your touring boots in alpine mode, then have the option to tour in them when you want to get into that...
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@Ozboy, Any boot can be used for touring as long as it is compatible to the binding. Its just a question of comfort and weight. If you're an occasional tourer then All Mountain is a good compromise. Just remember that "All Mountain also means "Sh*t at everything". https://www.backcountry.com/explore/anatomy-of-an-alpine-ski-boot
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+1 for looking at hike and ride boots (Profeet usually have a good selection and know their stuff). I'm about to buy my second pair after 7 years of good service. They're ok for short bits of touring (i.e. a decent compromise), and for longer tours I have proper touring boots which are much lighter and more flexible... but they're just not as secure as my hike and rides. I don't find that there's any compromise on the downhill. In fact my hike and ride boots are far better than the traditional downhill boots I had before, in every respect. (All properly consulted and professionally fitted before anyone asks!)
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I’ve got Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro which fit both pin bindings and standard frame bindings.
Fabulous boots and yes they were professionally fitted.
Light, easy to walk in and grippier soles.
I’d never go back to standard boots. I’ve not noticed any problems with boot stiffness or power transmission either.
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I have both Alpine and touring. The only thing I would add is there is lessinsulation in touring boots, so beware cold feet in touring boots if you are skìing lift served.
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I have actually found my touring boots (Salomon and Atomic) way warmer than my (Lange) piste boots - so nor sure that is always true.
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