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OUR TAKE Fact: Boots that ex­cel at tour­ing and down­hill per­for­mance are ex­pen­sive. Also a fact: Not ev­ery­one needs both. If you’re more into back­coun­try cruis­ing than slay­ing icy chutes, save money with the min­i­mal­ist TLT SpeedFit, which delivers just what you need and noth­ing you don’t. Like past TLT mod­els, the two-buckle SpeedFit earned top marks for com­fort from our testers, thanks to its plush, in­su­lated liner and above-av­er­age 60 de­grees of an­kle ar­tic­u­la­tion. Per­haps best of all, you no longer need to re­move the tongue to achieve that free­dom of move­ment. “I like hav­ing fewer mov­ing parts,” one tester says. “Open the buck­les for tour­ing, close them for ski­ing. Ba­sic.” THE DE­TAILS A power strap-cum-clo­sure sys­tem con­trols the SpeedFit: Re­lease it by pulling the loop, or snap it down into ski mode. The liner makes for a fit that’s a hair wider than past TLTs; ex­pect them to ride slightly softer than the 7s, but about the same as the 6s. TRAIL CRED “They’re way more sup­port­ive than skimo boots,” says a tester who used them in Colorado’s In­dian Peaks and on dawn pa­trols at nearby El­dora Moun­tain Re­sort. “I had no prob­lem ski­ing 1,000 ver­ti­cal feet of still-frozen cor­duroy after skin­ning up the lift line.” $600; 5 lbs. 4 oz. (27.5); 22.5-30.5; dynafit.com

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