Best Backcountry Boots of 2022-2023

While the true Backcountry boot is an out-of-bounds animal—built for ascending with light weight, maximum touring range of motion, tech binding compatibility and a fully rockered and aggressively lugged outsole for walking and scrambling as needed—we favor Backcountry boots that trend toward a solid, dependable descent, regardless of snow conditions. This season we got a small batch of boots in the skin track in the Pacific Northwest and found a few that toured with the best but skied stronger than the rest.

 

MEN'S BEST BACKCOUNTRY BOOTS OF 2022-2023

Models, All Widths, Ranked by Score

Fischer Transalp Pro  4.80
Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro  4.73
Scarpa Maestrale RS 4.70
K2 Dispatch Pro 4.08
Scott Freeguide Tour 3.75

 

WOMEN'S BEST BACKCOUNTRY BOOTS OF 2022-2023

Models, All Widths, Ranked by Score

Tecnica Zero G Tour Scout W  4.70
Scarpa Gea RS 4.60
Fischer Transalp Tour W  4.60
K2 Dispatch W LT   3.53
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