The Swift returns this year with a completely redesigned liner which our test team applauded for its improved comfort and warmth, as well as more open fit in the forefoot and toebox than in the past, making it a real option for the wider-footed trekker who is looking for an all day touring fit that still skis well when the time finally comes.
Testers loved the Swift's Triax Pivot Frame construction, with its rotating upper buckle anchor that lets the cuff rotate freely when released for a huge touring range of motion. The mechanism to switch from ski to hike and back again is simple and seamless, and teamed with featherweight QuickWire buckles to put together a great option for uphill focused skiers.
The fit still runs slightly short in length and snug in the calf, testers said, but fully molding the EVA liner should take care of much of those two zones. Testers said the fore-aft stance was neutral side-to-side, and noted that the new liner gave the boot a taller feel than in the past, which they liked for the fore-aft stability it created.
“Love the versatility here—they perform well uphill and down and I'd use them for a long schlog.” -- Tamara Payton
“Roomy enough for a wide foot and will hold up in a steep chute or on hardpack.” -- Michael Kendrick Powderly
“The new liner is a big improvement—a comfy, responsive boot.” -- Carol 'Ski Mum' Mergenthaler
“Comfortable, warm and convenient—great walk mode.” -- Nancy Walther