Posted by Alex Wigley - Ski Theory on 2/17/2010
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all those people who have yet to realize that race boots like the
Dynafit Dy.N.A, are fully capable of handling steep crazy terrain, the
new Dynafit TLT 5 boot may be the answer. Boots such as these, are
unbelievably light, stiff, and are better to climb in than conventianal
touring boots. They provide the same amount of stiffness as boots such
as the Garmont Radium, are half the weight, only weighing in at 1115g
with a tongue! The walk mode is easily the most beautiful part of the
boot, which extend your stride a massive distant building speed and
allowing you to move long distances in a short amount of time.
TLT 5 is built off the same mold as the Dy.N.A race boot, but with a
few changes. To start, the TLT 5 has a "Ski" tongue which is easily
field removable, and only requires you to unlock the bottom buckle to
slide it out. It even has a post on the shell, with a hole on the
tongue, to make sure the tongue does not shift while sitting in the
forward tongue triangle. (Photo Right, note the yellow triangle is
where the tongue slides into the shell) The idea is to utilize the
fantastic range of motion the boot has, without the tongue in, on the
way up. Then just simply slide the tongue into place for the way down,
which gives the boot a large boost in stiffness. Th shell even has a
slightly more built up lower that wraps around your foot slightly
differently than the Dy.N.A, which would allow you to easily ski without
the "Ski" tongue in place.
Dy.N.A sole is molded onto the the lower shell in two separate pieces
with no rubber in the middle of the boot. The TLT 5 has a slightly
thicker rubber sole, than spans the entire length of the boot, and a
harder rubber on the toe and heel. The change will be advantageous when
climbing rock, ladders in the alps and Himalayas, and awkward ridge
The upper cuff is still made
of Carbon Fiber. It still has the genius buckle which doubles as a
ski/walk mode latch. And it still has the same fantastic lightweight
liner, with neoprene walking cutout, as the Dy.N.A. So what doesn't it
have? The lower cutout on the boot which allows the boot to flex 5mm on
the sole, giving the boot a more natural stride, is not made of carbon.
It is made out of Pebax plastic. Big deal? I think not.
lightweight tech cord buckle connectors have been replaced with super
strong woven metal straps. The slight increase in weight, does make for
an incredibly reliable boot, and ensures you don't have to monitor the
buckles for wear on a regular basis.
TLT 5 will retail for less than the $1600 Dy.N.A, but will pack a
serious punch for those looking for a hardcore ski mountaineering boot.
So next year when you're in the market to buy a new pair of boots, why
bother even wasting an ounce of energy on trying on a big heavy clunker
that "looks" stiff, when you could get the full package with this boot.
The future is here for touring boots, it's up to everyone out there to
realize the potential with boots such as these, and get with the