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!
There 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.)
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.
This is the Women’s version of the Scarpa Vapor Lace, basically a slightly stiffer version of the Vapor V.
Adidas 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.