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Equipment Review: Rossignol Alltrack LT at ISPO 2018

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Each new technological solution in the ski industry can be tested by the "Rossi-Test", meaning, that if a technology is implemented by Rossignol after a couple of years, then this is a good technology. This season, the test was successfully passed by the technology of combined alpine and TLT boots. It appeared in the AlTrack LT boot series.

Mere two years ago the technology of combined alpine (standard ski boots) and TLT (ski touring boots) boots started to appear. It was new and innovative. Now it is something that is expected from manufacturers. Not surprisingly, the technology became popular; because, the majority of skiers who are more than just holidaymakers don't want to restrict their skiing experience just by on-piste skiing or freeride. Such people want to get everything out of every opportunity - on-piste skiing is best when the snow quality off-piste is below average, off-piste skiing is best when there was a snowfall so that you don't have to go anywhere to get good quality snow and ski touring is best when there are no other ways to get good snow. The boots of the combined type are just right for those people. Just imagine - many skiing techniques for one pair of boots. This essentially why Rossignol adopted the tech producing AllTrack LT.

The new boot is based on the old Rossignol model called AllTrack. There are thee models in the LT series that differentiate by flex, material, and last width. Considering that these criteria are determinative and decisive for a ski boot, it is slightly unclear why those three boot models are in a single boot series. The only thing that they have in common is alpine-ski tourism universality. In all other aspects, the boots are as different as they can get. As usual in the industry, the series can be broken down into two arbitrary categories - 130 flex boot and 120, 110 flex boots. There is a huge difference between these two groups.

Alltrack LT 130

This is the first model of the series. It is the most interesting and, to be honest, the most decent model from the advanced skier's point of view. The material is light plastic. The lower part and the upper cuff are made with the Dual Core technology. The reason why this technology was implemented is unclear as it only makes the boot heavier. Yes, the boot is not too heavy, but it is still behind its major competitors when it comes to weight. The boot also looks heavy and ponderous because it is manufactured on the basis of alpine boots.

The sole of Alltrack LT 130 is quite standard and doesn't give us any hint on being a boot for ski touring. This is a traditional alpine sole with a strange elastic in the middle and standard plastic heel taps. Maybe those tabs are changeable, but those extra tabs are usually hard to find in normal ski stores maybe due to logistical problems of some sort. This means that you have to account for only the tabs that already exist.

For flex enhancement, the designers decided to use Generative Design Grid technology analogous to Smart Frame technology. This is a right and an effective decision because light types of plastic are usually quite soft as well. This boot, however, doesn't feel soft at all.

Buckles are also of standard alpine type. The 3d and 4th buckles (upper cuff buckles) also have tour hooks for a more comfortable uphill experience. Upper cuff also has a quite standard power strap. Inside the upper cuff, an angle-flexible spoiler can be found. This is a wonderful design decision for both alpine and touring boot.

The walk-to-ride-switch is found on the outside of the boot, which is also a good decision as it is easy to get rid of the snow which is usually stuck inside. The switch itself is not of the best quality, to be honest. Even at the expo, it didn't work as well as it theoretically should.

The last is fairly narrow - 99mm. This, however, doesn't mean that the boot is specifically made for people with narrow feet, but rather that the boot is made for bootfitting - for a better foot fixation inside the boot, which implies that the boot is aimed not at the beginners, but at more advanced skiers who understand that a boot will, in most cases, not fit perfectly already in the ski store.

The liner is quite thick and warm. Everything a decent ski touring liner requires is there including compressibility and laces.

If you count all the pros and cons, you will get a fairly balanced boot to consider for your everyday more-advanced-than-holidaymaker-skiing needs. Not too bad, but not too good as well. Alltrack LT 130 is more of an alpine boot than ski touring boot, which doesn't really make it that bad. For more-advanced-than-holidaymaker-skiing needs that is.

Alltrack LT 120 and 110

Same series but different qualities than Alltrack LT 130. Yes, outside the models only differ in colour, but inside - almost everything is different. The foremost difference is, of course, the plastic. It is heavier and thinner. This is a usual practice for lower flex boot models not just in Rossignol. As a result, the difference in flex is much greater than indicated 10 units. The weight is also much more different than you might expect. It is different to an extent when Alltrack 120 and 110 are merely slightly lighter than usual alpine boots.

The last widths are also different between the "categories". The difference is indicated to be just 1mm, but in reality, this 1mm will drastically change your skiing experience. The liner is particularly interesting in this sense. The thing is, the liner in Alltrack LT 120 and 110 are created in such a way that a potential buyer of the boot should like it straight away, in a ski store, without bootfitting. But usually, when a liner is comfortable in the store and proper bootfitting is not done, then such a liner will most certainly become much thinner after a mere season. You will have to change it for a better foot fixation.

To sum up

Alltrack LT 130 is a good choice for ski stores and skiers. The other two models are quite mediocre, yet can't be claimed as an utter failure, considering they are bought for "comfortable" ski touring and "holidaymaking" on-piste skiing.

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