If you could design a freeride-oriented boot that offered lightweight and easy touring efficiency along with no compromises on the descent, what would it look like? For legions of backcountry skiers, that boot looks and behaves like the Vulcan—a boot that almost single-handedly defined the modern definition of a backcountry boot when it was first released five years ago. Ever since its debut, competitors have been trying to match its prowess, to varying degree of success.
Notable for the Vulcan in 2018 is that this will be the last year it will be available, as Dynafit plans to replace it. So don't be surprised if devotees gobble up the last remaining pairs.
A Pebax shell and carbon-reinforced Grilamid spine give the Vulcan a burly stiffness. Some would even say too stiff, as a hallmark of the Vulcan is that many people tinker to find the right fit and flex. One strategy to soften it up is by removing the tongue and cuff spoiler stoppers.
The Ultra-Lock connects walk mode to ski mode by simply flipping the top buckle, a helpful system for those who sometimes forget to set our boots back into ski mode for the descent. In walk mode, the Vulcan offers 60 degrees of cuff rotation, more than adequate for big missions.
The end result is a boot that climbs the biggest mountains and offers the highest performance on the descent. No wonder that in places like the Tetons, the Vulcan has nearly cornered the market. –Matt Hansen