While in Italy a few weeks ago I scored a private showing of next season’s La Sportiva boot line. The gig wasn’t as good as attending Prada’s annual fall/winter show in Milan, but hey, I was still in the old country of the Medici, and I’ll take a pair of ski boots any day over the latest belt. I’d checked these out at OR show, but it was nice to dig into the details.
FYI, the Spectre 2.0 (27.5) catalog weight is 1440, Synchro is 1480. Frankly, I don’t see the reason for Spectre being sold next winter with Synchro available. In my opinion, the only thing making Spectre a bit more of a touring boot is the tongue liner, as opposed to Synchro having a wrap liner. Indeed, one wonders at the purpose of having the two piece tongue when the wrap liner is blocking your leg movement. I suppose continued testing will tell the story. We’ve got a pair of Spectre 2.0 in play, and will probably get the Synchro going at some point as well. (I did uphill and ski in the Synchro. It worked well, though I could feel the wrap liner obstructing my leg movement.)
Note, La Sportiva will also offer a re-worked two buckle Spitfire for 2017-2018. Along with that, they’ll market their Sideral 2.1 with internal lean lock and two buckles. In my view, these two boots tend to overlap in the mid-range of the Sportiva line. Those of you who do core ski mountaineering and don’t prefer vulnerable external lean locks, Sideral will be worth a look at 1240 grams, Grilamid shell. Only reason I can see for Spitfire is it might provide a bit more progressive flex than the Sytron.
Overall, it’s clear that 2017-2018 is the year La Sportiva’s ski touring boots matured. Props for coming so rapidly from their 2011 soft launch. Seven years later, look at what they’re offering!
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.