By: randosteve|Posted on: January 6, 2011|Posted in: Gear, Gear Reviews | 27 comments

Thank You Santa!

Santa was a little late to the party this year, but I knew I had been a good boy last year and I was expecting a delivery. Thankfully, ye old Kris Kringle (disguised in a brown suit this year) didn’t let me down and delivered this tasty treat for my feet. Yes my friends, a shiny new pair of Dynafit TLT5 Performance AT boots.

I have been waiting in anticipation of this day for a few months now and have been reading this thread on TGR, trying to come to my own conclusions about sizing, fit, and other aspects of these magic elf boots.  In the end, I opted to go for a little bit larger size boot than my normal 26.5.  I am really probably a size 26.5 in the TLT5, but I went for a size 27 (the next larger shell size) because I wanted some versatility with some other boots I own (mainly BD Quadrants, 26.5) and I run TLT Speed bindings on a few pairs of my skis, which have less adjustment range compared to a TLT Vertical ST or FT binding.

I also went for a little larger size because I will most likely put an after-market liner in them.  For one, to maybe add a bit of extra  warmth, and two, to beef them up just a tad.   The stock liners are probably warm enough on their own, but I also need to take up a little bit of volume with the larger size selection and aftermarket liners will do that just fine. It’s all experimental, becasue I’m into that kind of thing and I’ll see how it goes.  My first tour on the TLT5 Performance will be tonight, at the first annual Nachtspektakel.

I’m really interested in seeing how big a ski these puppies can drive, never mind the obvious touring benefits. I know for mellow powder skiing they will probably do just fine driving a BD Justice sized ski (115mm at waist) but the question is will hold up when you really lay into it. One thing I do know is that these boots are going to be awesome for those epic spring trips into the Wind River Range, and I sure can’t wait for that!!!