Three years after their first win, the La Sportiva Spectre AT Boots are on the podium again, this year it's the 2.0 version. Just as light, stiffer, cooler looking and more compatible than before. La Sportiva continues to improve an already incredibly good boot. If you're a backcountry skier who doesn't want to give up performance for weight savings then this is your boot. Congrats (again) La Sportiva.
The Backcountry Skiing Canada Team.
How do you make the lightest 4-buckle boot even better? The obvious answer would be “make it lighter”. But then you’re flirting with disaster by crossing that line of being too light and not stiff enough. La Sportiva made the Spectre 2.0 stiffer, without adding any additional weight. You may remember from our review of the original Spectre Alpine Touring Boots that they weighed a scant 1445 grams for the size 27.5. While this hasn’t changed, the flex rating has increased from 110 to 115 or approximately 5%, which enables the Spectre 2.0 to take on more advanced terrain and accommodate skiers who like to push it a little bit harder. La Sportiva achieved this increased support by filling in a few of the holes on the boots spine and adding more plastic in the lower shell/outer arch area. This minimizes the lower shell bulge when it flexes; a common problem of other super lightweight alpine touring boots. The 2.0 version is also now compatible with alpine, tech and TR2 bindings which allows you to ski alpine and virtually any touring bindings on the market.
The same, only better.
One thing that’s stayed the same from the original Spectre boots are those innovative, low profile aluminum Pegasus Buckles with built-in micro adjustment. Also carried over from the original Spectre are the thermo-mouldable EZ liners, 60° cuff rotation, 1145g weight, Vibram sole, and their incredible comfort and fit. The same goes for the women’s Sparkle 2.0 which comes in an appealing berry/blue moon colour combo.
Be sure to read the previous review of the original La Sportiva Spectre so that you have a solid background of what make this AT boot such a strong performer and one of our top pics.
Lets look at a 360° view of the La Sportiva Spectre 2.0 Boots, shall we?
It’s challenging to improve on a something that’s already good. Sure, there were a few issues with the original design of the original Spectre AT boots, but these have all been resolved. There were the buckles that came loose, likewise with the pivot assembly; The 2.0 buckles are all secured with lock-tight and the pivot assembly is no longer removable. Also, the second buckle from the top would wear into the flexible rubber tongue area. Over time this weakened the soft rubber area and made it pop out. This buckle is now less curved and no longer hits this sensitive area on the tongue.
Price: $779CAN / $679US
Weight: 1445g / 3lbs 2.97oz (half pair, size 27.5 with liner and footbed)
Sizes: 25-31.5 (half sizes)
Cuff rotation: 60°
Last Width: 102.5
Forward Lean: 3 pre-set positions (12°/14° /16°)
Cuff Rotation 2/2
Quality / Price 2/2
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