Ski touring boots have a ski/walk mechanism that offers freedom of movement on the climb, which enables a more natural, energy-saving walking technique. For the downhill, this mechanism can be locked shut, which then secures the boot to the foot. As with touring skis, you can also differentiate ski touring boots as either downhill- or climbing-oriented models. For climbers, the boots that they desire are very light, flexible and comfortable, while downhill enthusiasts focus on secure stability. In choosing ski touring boots, it is essential to pay attention to compatibility with the chosen binding – especially with the pin system or hybrids.