On first impression, the new La Sportiva Synchro is a wild boot. The intense graphic and four unique Pegasus buckles, which offer the finest micro adjustment available, (though the mechanism is difficult to manage while wearing gloves) conjure visions of a Velociraptor, at least for me. It’s as if the boot was designed to withstand molten lava and razor sharp teeth in a quest for survival.
And it kind of is. A Pebax cuff and carbon-reinforced Grilamid shell give the Synchro a powerful stance from which to ski confidently. Range of motion in tour mode is listed at 50 degrees, and in practice provides as much mobility on the skin track that you need. The Ultralon foam liner is thermoformable and warm, but be warned that the fit is very roomy, meaning those with medium to narrow feet will need to watch their sizing.
Graphic aside, the Synchro is a lot of boot. It’s not heavy by any means, but some ‘hybrid’ boots weigh less. Thus, the ideal application is for those skiers who desire efficient tourability but demand no-compromises on the descent. —Matt Hansen