Due to ankle issues, I currently prefer a beefy boot as my daily backcountry skiing driver, uphill and down. (I’ll switch back to one-kilo class boots eventually, but for now…). The venerable Garmont last fits me the the best, so when the latest version of Scott Cosmos–numero tres–plopped themselves down on our front porch, I embarked on a fitting and mod project. I capped the shop work with field testing late this past winter, enhanced by my stumbling around the Colorado mountains this past spring.
The entire Cosmos boot series has been an epic for Scott, involving a long trail of numerous improvements (not to mention their project director’s tragic death in a mountaineering accident). All leading to this third version of the boot, clearly “mature” in the sense of performance and reliability. Our previous reviews cover structural and performance details, below I’ll concentrate more on fitting as well as a few of my own takes on field ski touring performance. Prior reviews:
That’s about it. I played around with the interior boot board ramp angle a bit by posting my heels, and fine tuned the buckle mounting positions on the cuff. They ski tour well. Plenty of cuff mobility for this type of boot, weight isn’t too heinous at 1,490 grams per boot (real world configuration including any added padding or shims). On the down you do get the proverbial bulging of any “tongue” type ski boot shell. The detrimental nature of “the bulge” is over rated — you get used to it. Mainly, if you have average to wide feet at the metatarsals, the Scott shell architecture is desirable and worth a fitup.
Bonus: Someone left a comment about boots you can get your feet in if you have limited ankle dorsiflexion. Begin that quest with a tongue style boot shell, then if necessary heat mold the area over instep to open it up, and trim plastic if necessary. ID mod areas by watching your foot as you get in and out of the boot. Photo below.
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.