La Sportiva Spectre Touring Boots - Initial Impressions

This is a classic four-buckle ski touring boot which provides solid stiffness combined with a good walk mode. The buckles feature an innovative design, which I expected to take a little getting used to. But the first time I used the boots on an icy local resort, it became clear that the system functions well and is not complicated at all.

La Sportiva Spectre Touring Boots - Initial Impressions

The boots are quite stiff and they provide good heel hold, which makes them similar to good alpine boots. There’s plenty of wiggle room for the toes, making the boots very warm and suitable for use in cold temperatures. The liner is nicely shaped and comfortable, which is to be expected for such a renowned shoe manufacturer. After heat-moulding the liners, the boots fit me very comfortably. The weight (or lack of it) is also very noticeable, with size 28.5 coming in at just over 1450 g. My previous boots were heavier by 110 g per boot, which I expect to make quite a difference on longer tours.

I think that these boots are a great choice for a vast majority of ski tourers, especially those with slightly narrower feet and high arches, and they should also be stiff enough for freeriders looking for maximum support. If you're looking to buy a pair of touring boots this season, you should definitely try as many as possible to see which fit you the best. I’ll expand on this review after skiing the boots for a couple of weeks when I’ll get to know them even better.

Technical characteristics:

  • material: Grilamide (shell), Pebax (cuff), Marfram (spoiler), carbon reinforcements
  • weight: 1440g/boot (size 27)
  • sizes 23 - 31.5, including half-sizes
  • range of motion 60°
  • Vibram sole
  • 4 buckles
  • tech-style bindings inserts

Danilo Tič