Whenever a new product from Arcteryx comes out, you can safely assume is that it's going to turn some heads.
In 2015 Arcteryx entered the footwear market with a formidable line of technical alpine shoes and hiking boots. These were designed from the ground up, and featured a fully removable "mid liner" (to enhance breathability and waterproofness) that slide into a durable outer shoe shell. The first Arcteryx ski boot, the Procline, is no less innovative.
Best of both worlds
To be more correct, the Procline is actually a hybrid of a mountaineering boot and a ski boot. The intended use is for technical ascents over rock and ice with enough stiffness and support to ski steep snow and technical descents such as couloirs.
The most standout feature of the Arcteryx Procline is the two-piece carbon fiber cuff. The system allows not only an exemplary 75 degrees range of motion in the vertical plane, but can also pivot laterally. This allows for unprecedented sidehill control on the skin track and the freedom of movement needed when climbing with skis on your back.
Escape Route owner James Retty got to play with the Procline boots recently on a rainy day in the Coast Mountains. Check out his impressions in this video.