Fitwell Backcountry

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Built for days when crampons and ice axes are the tools of choice. More of a mountaineering boot that snowboards than a snowboard boot that climbs mountains, this is the footwear for serious splitboard mountaineers. Ultra stiff, robust yet simple with a traditional lacing system, and designed to get up the steepest, most technical climbs.

Everything that makes this boot excel at the old kick, kick, axe makes it a stiff ride on the way down. The Backcountry really comes into its own making tight jump turns down steep faces and gnarly couloirs, where losing an edge simply isn’t an option. New this year, Fitwell updated the liner by adding more cushioning to relieve pressure points some riders had complained about in the old model.

Lacking the bells and whistles of some other splitboard boots on the market such as a walk-mode, this is a human-powered big-mountain boot at the most basic level. For riders taking a bush plane to camp on an Alaskan glacier and bag big lines, this is the boot to bring along.

Price: $600.00
Brand Name

Fitwell

Product Type

Splitboarding Gear

Manufacturers URL

http://fitwellboots.com

Rad-Bad

RAD: Steep, technical ascents feel safer and more enjoyable in this rigid boot. BAD: Inner lacing makes it hard to dial the fit, leading to occasional heel slop.

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

Yes

Good Wood

No

Bang For Your Buck

No

Guide Year

2017

RAD: Steep, technical ascents feel safer and more enjoyable in this rigid boot. BAD: Inner lacing makes it hard to dial the fit, leading to occasional heel slop.

Tested And Approved 2017 Presented by evo.com

Best snowboard gear of 2016-2017? We've got you covered. Going into winter, we want to know what gear can be trusted when put through the wringer. But testing over 500 boots, bindings, goggles, gloves, helmets, splitboards and powder boards, and other backcountry gear and accessories in every snowy corner of the country was a massive undertaking that the TransWorld staff couldn't handle alone. So we sent the latest developments in snowboarding goods to our team of testers spread across the country. With so many unique features in the lineup and different opinions from each tester—both compliments and complaints—there was plenty worth discussing. Some gear broke. Other pieces spoke volumes to functionality and durability. So here you have it: the most inclusive, all-encompassing gear test in snowboarding. If it's in here, it's been beat up and bent every which way – and tested, and approved.

Meet Our Testers:

Adam Broderick

As Gear Editor at TransWorld SNOWboarding, Broderick spent last season directing tests around the country when he wasn't testing gear himself. He administered the Good Wood board test, powder board test, and backcountry test, while leading the glove test and coordinating the others, plus editing all Gear Guide text. He is the point of contact for all things gear-related at TWSNOW.

Mike Horn

Mike Horn's first backcountry pack had bungee cords for snowboard straps. That's a far cry from the innovative gear he tested in his Crested Butte backyard this winter. Mike's been writing about snowboarding for a decade-plus, and he tends to get crusty when reviewing gear that's not quite up to snuff.

Devin Silverthorne-Lillie

A New Hampshire transplant, Devin's Ice Coast roots provide superior edge awareness, and with Breckenridge's Park Lane in her backyard, she practically falls from bed to her board. She put freestyle bindings on trial in and out of bounds—from frozen mornings to spring slush, backyard rail jams to sidecountry booter sessions.

Billy Brown

Billy Brown covered new tech for this year's guide. The California native grew up riding the terrain parks in South Lake Tahoe, but for the past few years his career as a freelance editor has allowed him to snowboard around the world—from heliboarding in Whistler to riding post-storm powder in Valle Nevado, Chile.

Alex Showerman

A freelance writer based in Vermont, Alex took his powder hunt on the road last winter. He schlepped freeride boots, backcountry boots—and enough shells, puffies, and base layers to open a small gear store—around the globe in search of snow in locales like Vermont, Wyoming, Colorado, and Iceland.

Morgan Tilton

Reared in the San Juans of Southwest Colorado, as soon as Morgan could walk her dad strapped her in, and Telluride Ski Resort became her babysitter. Over the past 13 years, snowboarding has taken her through Wolf Creek's whimsical powder days, USASA Slopestyle Nationals, and the cliff-riddled backcountry of Colorado and Wyoming.

Heather Hendricks

From the jagged peaks of Jackson Hole and the Canadian Rockies to the overt opulence of Aspen, the steeps of Alaska, and the striking faces of the La Sals, our contributing editor spent the season traveling to summits near and far. Heather toted along a bin full of boots and tested them all along the way.

Chris Brunstetter

From loitering shop kid to 22-year industry insider, Chris has spent most of his life in the snow and skate industries in Utah, even experiencing firsthand the rise and fall (and second rise and fall) of Forum. He tested freestyle boots and bindings in the man-made and natural parks at Brighton, Snowbird, and Jackson Hole.