OR Winter 2016: Footwear

Undoubtedly, the star of the show was Arc’teryx’s forthcoming Procline “Ski Alpinism” boot. Arc’teryx are quick to point out it’s not a ski-boot-that-climbs but a climbing-boot-that-skis and has been developed alongside the Acrux AR boot. Luckily, I am sample size so get to try these on. In one word: wow. They feel amazing, and remarkably they feel as much a climbing boot when unbuckled as they do a ski boot when locked down. Flip the buckles and straps open and they walk like a slightly stiffer single-gaitered boot (such as the Scarpa Phantom Guide or LS Batura2). The sole is noticeably stiff, but the upper is completely free-moving and unrestrictive (unlike any other ski boot I’ve ever used). They also edge and front-point very well, the heel staying locked down and fully supported (as much as you can try front-pointing at the trade show…).

My initial impression of these is want want want. They’ll be phenomenal for those climbs you have to ski into, or anywhere you want a light, nimble boot for the approach but a capable boot for the ski down. They really are quite remarkable. But anyway, on to the details!

Arcteryx_ProCline_Boot-1The fore-foot is low-profile, and the buckle and any attachment points tucked high up on the boot so it doesn’t snag when climbing.

Arcteryx_ProCline_Boot-2There’s the usual upper buckle, and power strap across the top.

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Arcteryx_ProCline_Boot-4The Gore-Tex liner extends all the way to the cuff, and the zipper is waterproof, meaning this is one ski boot you don’t need to worry about getting the liner wet.

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Arcteryx_ProCline_Boot-8The sole looks properly aggressive for ski-less use.

Arcteryx_ProCline_Boot-11There will be two liner options — a “lite liner” aimed at better walkability and lower weight, and a “support liner” with a reinforced tongue and collar for better downhill performance. (Support on the left, Lite on the right.)

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The ProCline boots really are fantastic. The Carbon version will retail for $1000 US, the ‘regular’ version will be $750 US. There is no weight difference with the carbon version, the main benefit being better downhill performance thanks to its stiffer cuff.

There were a bunch of other new ski boots from the usual suspects, but as I don’t really ski, I didn’t pay them too much attention. Expect the usual: stiffer, lighter, newer colours, etc.

This being the winter show (i.e. products seen here will be out in Fall 2016) there’s not a lot more happening in footwear, but I did find a few more interesting items.

Scarpa_Vapor_Women-1This is the Women’s version of the Scarpa Vapor Lace, basically a slightly stiffer version of the Vapor V.

Scarpa_Instinct-1Scarpa’s Instinct family gains a new member, the Instinct. It will be the stiffest of the Instinct shoes (alongside the S ‘slipper’ and the VS ‘velcro slipper’).

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Icebug_Convertible_Shoes-1Icebug (a Swedish studded-shoe brand) have this cool hybrid/removable spike system. It is seamlessly integrated into the sole, and slips off easily…

Icebug_Convertible_Shoes-2I love this as I don’t need studded shoes all the time, but it sure is nice to feel secure on packed snow and ice when it is slippery.

Adidas_Terrex_Trailmaker_GTX_shoe-1Adidas continue expanding their Continental-rubber soled shoe lineup, with this Gore-Tex lined Terrex Trailmaker trail runner. I currently use a pair of Adidas’ trail running shoes (with the Continental rubber sole) as my main pair of trail / winter / approach shoes and the grip is beyond any other rubber compound I’ve used.

…and unfortunately that’s it for shoes at Winter OR. Stay tuned for more posts covering Packs, Apparel & Gloves, Hardware and Miscellaneous bits.

6 thoughts on “OR Winter 2016: Footwear

    • Raf says:

      I was under the impressions it’s discontinued… but in any case, yes, a brand new design based on the other Instinct shoes.

  1. Devin says:

    When are you guys going to test out the new Scarpa Phantom Tech – Eagerly awaiting your review! Love the blog, keep it up!

    • Raf says:

      As soon as I can get my hands on a pair! Widescale availability not expected until the end of February or so… trying to get my hands on an early sample 🙂

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