Black Diamond Quadrant

Model Year
2014-15
Category
Backcountry
Last Width
103
Flex Index
120
Price (MSRP)
$669.95USD

The Quadrant's Triax Pivot Frame construction lets the cuff rotate freely when released, offering a huge touring range of motion in a lightweight package, testers said again this year. The mechanism to switch from ski to hike and back again is simple and seamless, and teamed with featherweight QuickWire buckles to put together a great option for uphill focused skiers looking for a boot that can manage the down without fail, testers said.

Testers claim the fit this year still remains slightly shorter than most in length but that the new Efficient Fit AT liner did much to open up the forefoot and toebox fit, offering a more generous and all-day comfortable feel that better matched expectations for a 103mm last. Testers said the fore-aft stance was slightly more forward with the new liner, which they liked, and that it remained neutral side-to-side. Some testers still felt that the cuff struck them on the leg a little lower than most, but mentioned that the power underfoot was adequate for aggressive charging in varied terrain.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-30.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Wide

Kudos

  • “Very nice stance and fit—can charge hard. Great stability!” -- Jim Kinney
  • “Good edging ability and excellent range of motion in cuff.” -- Craig Dostie

Caveats

  • “I could get that drawstring stuck on something!” -- Jim Kinney
  • “It's ugly and the cuff's too low. Boo.” -- James Donahue

This boot available at...

Warren, VT

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