Don't forget your Lycra.
If just the thought of a 4 a.m. alarm, your skinsuit, and a morning spent skiing uphill as fast as you can makes you wistful and excited, congrats. While others may not quite understand you, they most certainly respect your ability to enjoy the most difficult parts of Nordic and backcountry skiing put together. This season, lighten your load on your way to new PR's in your weeknight skimo race series with Dynafit's PDG Ski Boot.
The PDG comes with an injection-molded medium flex shell, which means your foot won't be locked up in a vice for your hike up, but it will still be backed up by enough stiffness when you turn towards sketchy descents. The boot's titanex fiber cuff and spoiler provide a lightweight, consistent flex throughout your training session or race so you can turn your full focus to the terrain ahead. Dynafit built the PDG on a narrow racing last, but before you worry about your toes getting crunched, know that you can heat up the thermo-moldable race liner it comes with to adapt its fit to your foot shape. When you're getting ready, the PDG's simplified two-buckle design won't slow you down with repeated adjustments. The top buckle acts as the ski/walk mechanism, and both lock the boot down quickly for a secure fit.
Before you set off, adjust the forward lean anywhere between 14 and 17 degrees, depending on your preference or the conditions, and marvel at the boot's whopping 62-degrees of cuff rotation while in walk mode—your leg will stop rotating backwards long before this boot does. Since races can take you to some slippery spots, Dynafit used an EVO race rubber sole to provide you with the best combination of grip and lightness while you navigate icy traverses and slick ascents.
- Have your best skimo season yet in this ultralight boot
- Medium flex yields on the way up and lends control on descents
- Race last provides a slim, aggressive fit
- Heat-moldable liner allows for easy fit customization
- Simple two-buckle design with walk mode won't slow you down
- Grippy rubber sole for control on varied terrain
- Q & A
Great boot for tech/harboot splitboarder
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I am now on my fifth season splitboarding in the the Canadian Rockies/Selkirks. Last year, I decided to make the big move and switch to a tech/harboot set-up to increase efficiency, comfort and riding feel.
I choose the PDGs, first for lack of avaialbility of the TLT6s, but then for their fit and out of the box flex/rigidity ratio.
Touring: the boot is crazy light, a great updgrade right from the start compared to any other softboot which are touring oriented. The liner is pretty thin, which doesn`t make tem the warmest boots, but still I`ve been out on -25c days withoutfeeling too cold (which is an issue for me when ice climbing). The motion you get waling with these boots is simply incredible, you can make great long strides, which reduce the amount of steps you make by the end of the day makes oyu faster on the uptrack.
Riding : A great relief I had when I first tried the boots in riding mode was the amount of flex right out of the box I got when riding, which prevented me from doing any modification to the boots. The boot comes with a supplemental powerstrap which I didn't install. Having a thin liner does limit the forgiveness of the un-natural stance in which you use the boot, so feeling the hardshell preasure points when riding is possible, but not intolerable. As most softbooters, I was anxious about the riding feel and how easily I was going to do my future turns with a tech setup. I was amaze on how much more fun and responsive my board became. Cutting through both powder and choppy/crust snow is so much more easy with a backcountry backpack with boots that transfer energy much more quickly and efficiently. For lack of ajustability at the toe level I simply shimed the liner with a piece of insole to fit the gap that was above my toes (see photo).
Durability : Unfortunately the PDGs doesn't come with the Ultralock 2.0, which means the locking system sticks out more and is subject to snagging. In fact I did blew a rivet on my third day out on one of the clamps, but I fixed it with a small screw and never had issue since. It is possible to install the Ultralock 2.0 from a TLT, available in many ski shops, an option I'm considering. The pivot points at the ankles created a little slack since last yea,r but it doesn't actually helps lateral flex for a rider.
Overall: great little boot for a splitboarder in my opinion, it the fit fits your feet obviously. Keep in my mind that modifications to the forward lean would be possible just like a TLT5/6/Speedfit. It is obvisouly an expensive boot and hard to consider when you have many more items to buy when doing the switch to hard boots, but it does walk very well and not having to do any modifications lowers the risks of voiding warranty on the boot.
My set-up for reference : 3degree canted Voilee Pucks, Old Dynafit toe pieces installed with Spark R&D adapter, Phantom Rocket Riser, DynoDH binding(riding mode).
Only ski boots I'll ever wear again
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Grew up downhill in resorts, then switched to skimo and general backcountry. These are so light, but so durable! Make sure they fit your foot, likely tighter than you initially think...I'll search no further for any boot ever. GET THEM!
Could you please add the width of these boots to the Tech Spec section?
Hey Michael - The Dynafit PDG Ski Boots are narrower than the TLT7 and have a last (width) of approximately 99 mm. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - email@example.com - 801-736-4337