I’d been meaning to do something like this for a while, because the Dynafit TLT-5 top buckle simply doesn’t fit that well under most of my ski pants when it’s open. TLT-5 owners who know the problem need no further description. And if you don’t have a problem with it, more power to you. We showed one solution a few days ago that involved mounting a plastic tab on the boot shell. Here is another. All it takes is 1/2 hour and a dollar or two of parts.
One thing to remember about these sorts of backcountry skiing boot buckle mods on the TLT5 is that you may find you’d rather simply leave the buckle open (flipped out) and attached so it’s easy to close back up and thus go to downhill mode with minimal fumbling. That’s why the boot is designed as it is — so you can make super fast and easy transitions. All mods we’ve published allow the boot to be used in stock mode, so no big deal. Just thought I’d mention that as once I made this mod, I realized that sometimes it’s really nice to just flip that buckle, and in nearly one motion be back in downhill mode quicker than your fumbling friends, so you can steal their line!
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.