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  • #810554
    Jimy
    64 Posts

    Just checked in on the Dynafit website and it appears that they did not bring the TLT6 back in this years lineup. Only the TLT7 with no toe welt and the PDG with barely enough for a crampon bail.

    Apparently Scarpa has also decided to scrap the Alien for the Alien RS with a carbon reinforced Grilamid that makes it much stiffer.

    So what boots are people leaning toward as a hardboot replacement? La Sportiva Sideral 2.1? Atomic Backland? Fischer Travers? Gignoux Black SB?

    knuckle dragger

    #810603
    SkateBananas
    178 Posts

    Good thing I can just plop a new set of liners in my TLT6s and get a few more years out of them!

    #810606
    SkateBananas
    178 Posts

    It looks like the speedfit took its place, just looking quickly I dont see any differences.

    #810607
    Jimy
    64 Posts

    @skatebananas, not sure how i missed that one. I’m just going to claim that it wasn’t there when i looked…crisis averted!

    Although the new speedfit no longer has a removeable tongue. I wonder how that will affect the standard modification for splitboard flex.

    knuckle dragger

    #810609
    SkateBananas
    178 Posts

    Worth checking out the new Atomic Backland Ultimate boot. Looks very promising also.

    #810613
    Jimy
    64 Posts

    I like the backland as well, the issue I see with the Ultimate is that it has a carbon upper cuff, which won’t flex as well as a polyurethane or even grilamid cuff for snowboard purposes. Seems like there are a lot of options out there, but they all have pros and cons; even with the first splitboard specific model from Gignoux.

    knuckle dragger

    #810745
    vapor
    349 Posts

    Split the tongue down the middle, further you go down the easier the flex.

    #810768
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    And the dirtbag why-didn’t-I-think-of-that award goes to @vapor! *thumbsup*

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    #810793
    96avs01
    874 Posts

    Arc’Teryx Procline are another ($$$) option not mentioned yet as TLT alternatives.

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #811157
    Matt Tench
    5 Posts

    Does anyone have a view (or hands on) yet on exactly how flexible the Speedfit tongue is vs the TLT6 without stiffener?

    For the Speedfit I would assume if there is no removable tongue, but you need to skin up AND ski down (and note Dynafit are targeting ON-piste tourers, so not driving a wide ski) then the tongue is likely to be ‘medium stiff’ vs the TLT6 ‘soft stiff’ without the stiffener (and noting Vapors suggestion).

    Due to my grossly misshapen feet I’d planned to get TLT6’s at the start of this season, working with a Boots to get them dialled in but facepalmed when I saw they’d been dropped. Hadn’t wanted to buy them online end of last year and take them to a Boots and incur their wrath but now wondering if I should try and source, given extenuating circumstances…

    #811179
    Cbalke
    237 Posts

    Matt, I haven’t had my hands on them. If the TLT6 was the way you were leaning, have you looked for any that may still be in stock somewhere? Even a used set with some new liners might be better than wading into uncharted territory with misshapen feet.

    #811180
    permnation
    303 Posts

    I am not in the hard boot game, but a recent check on sierratrading post showed plenty of La Sportiva boots in stock and 40+% off….even these 2.75 lbs. wonders https://www.sierratradingpost.com/la-sportiva-stratos-cube-alpine-touring-ski-boots-for-men~p~296wj/?filterString=ski-boots-and-bindings~d~205%2F

    #811528
    Matt Tench
    5 Posts

    When I get some time will try and see in person, can always take my wife’s tlt6 along to compare. Called Au Vieux Campeur, the over the phone opinion was ‘boot is the exact same but no tongue as manufacturer found that people did not use it in practice. Same flex, material and shape.’

    They are a bit negative on their website (in French):

    https://www.auvieuxcampeur.fr/tlt-speed-fit-chaussures.html

    Key points – it’s the TLT6, 70g lighter, no removable tongue and 30 Euro more. The liner seems to be new and is 100% thermoformable (though no idea what the old one was described as).

    My take based on that and prior to viewing is that the tongue is probably the same flex as the TLT6.

    Will update if I get chance to see/ try both.

    #812247
    Matt Tench
    5 Posts

    Will update if I get chance to see/ try both.

    Compared Speedfit to my wifes TLT6 (not sure if this would be even more flexible), the plastic tongue is definitely more rigid, though not as rigid as the removable tongue.

    Have ordered some TLT6’s I found online as a result, will then be able to do a direct comparison prior to deciding to return them, but suspect I will stick with the 6’s

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