Backcountry Editor Choice

La Sportiva Spectre, world’s lightest four buckle ski boot, wins Editor’s Choice from Backcountry Magazine

According to the 2014 Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide, the Spectre “won over testers in nearly every category earning especially high marks for ergonomics and touring prowess. The ‘very functional’ macro- and micro-adjustable Pegasus™ buckles, testers felt, were sleek and streamlined. Its EZ Flex™ tongue allowed for 60 degrees of fore/aft range in walk mode without forcing testers to unbuckle.” The boot was also noted for being “unmatched in walk mode.” The Spectre weighs just 1,445 grams per boot in size 27.5. The boots feature 60-degree range of motion in touring mode, so a skier’s stride is limited more by ankle flexibility than by their equipment. The rear vertebra of the Spectre is carbon-reinforced Grilamid—a stiff and light plastic. The shell and tongue are also Grilamid, which has excellent progressive flex and the cuff of the new boots is made from Pebax, a plastic known for predictable flex characteristics in cold temperatures. The boots have a 120-flex rating with three adjustable forward lean angles of 10, 14, and 18 degrees. A polyurethane innersole mitigates conductive heat loss through the sole and the dual density EZ Thermo liner can be custom molded to provide exceptional comfort and warmth. The Spectre is compatible with both tech and touring bindings. The Sparkle is the women’s specific version that shares the same technology and features. The 2014 Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide hits newsstands today, and features more than 115 reviews of skis, boots, bindings and splitboards.