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Maybe it looks more like a wakeboard binding than a shoe but the Scarpa Alien 3.0 is definitely something different. Here is what they had to say about this purpose built “Skialp Boot”:
“Alien 3.0 is SCARPA’s race machine, dedicated to all ski mountaineers that transpose into the competitions their natural instinct. The SCARPA® R&D department developed this model together with the best skialp athletes in the world and the result is Alien 3.0, which goes beyond the concept of a boot; its shape and design make Alien 3.0 more similar to a shoe than to a boot.
575 grams of performance. The full carbon choice, for the shell and the cuff make the skiing precise and performant on all kind of snow, uphill and downhill. Alien 3.0 is the state-of-the-art in the alpine touring race field for its innovation, technology and material choice.”