Dahu boots are a game changer.


Isn’t it remarkable how electric vehicles are taking over the automotive industry? By 2035, virtually all General Motors vehicles will be battery powered. Our grandkids will look back and tell their kids about a time when combustion engines ruled.

I think a similar new frontier is being established with the Dahu ski boot. The company has parted ways with traditional boot makers and come up with materials and design that make it as different from the others as Tesla is to Dodge.

It’s a game changer.

Dahu boots were conceived and developed to be fitted more easily, minimize ski boot discomfort, and maximize performance.

The shell has a dozen strategically located holes that eliminate foot hotspots most skiers – especially older skiers – experience. Think about this feature: it gets rid of the need for bootfitters to manipulate the plastic to relieve pressure points. The car equivalent? No more engine tune-ups!

Made of a Swiss polyamide composite, the shell combines lightness and durability and consistent flex, regardless of temperature. It has a hinged tongue with two micro-adjustable buckles and a hinged, releasable rear with a patented aluminum spine which helps transfer body energy to the ski. Interestingly, the spine contributes to each skier’s ideal stance.

A comfy, insulated leather inner boot has a grooved rubber sole which provides traction when the inner is worn separately from the shell. Those grooves interlock with ridges and grooves in the shell, the net erect being greater torsional stiffness and more efficient energy transfer from body to ski.

I understand this is a lot to absorb. But I know that many of you have had it with your conventional boots. Our August reader survey asked, among other things, what items you intended to purchase in the next two years. Of the 3000+ responses, about one-third indicated ski boots. And from comments made during past reader surveys, sent to the site and to me personally, I know that finding a better boot is top-of-mind for many older skiers.

If you’ve had it with conventionally designed boots and are looking for a pair that can be fit more easily (including using one-on-one zoom sessions), will keep your feet warm and comfortable and, most importantly, perform for any level of skiing, click on the Dahu advertisement on the right side of the page.



  1. Charles Hilborn says:

    Looks like a Swiss imitation of the Apex boot that I have been enjoying the last 4 years.

  2. Thomas E Seybold says:

    What makes this boot better than my Apex?? I’m pretty happy with the Apex and hope to ski them again this year, as I enter eighty…..

  3. Why would you want a leather boot exposed to the elements, back to the 50’s?! External supported boots have always been failures polyamide = NYLON. tHIS LOOKS LIKE AN ADVERTISEMENT TO ME.

  4. Bernie Krasnoff says:

    Agree with Charles, looks like Apex concept. Last winter I demoed the Apex for a day, did not like them at all. Major dislike was after each run here at Killington, I had to re-tighten the double stack Boa system. What a nuisance! Went back to my favorite ski shop and after trying on all the brands they carried – about 7 – bought a pair of Salomon S/PRO 120.

    Absolutely love the Salomon boots, easy on /off, great control of my skis. The S/PRO 120 replaced my 8 year old Solomon boots which had become too much of a pain to get in and off.

    • Early last season the shells of my 20+ year old Lange boots cracked/broke. It was always a struggle to get into and out of these boots.
      Picked up a pair of Salomon S/PRO boots. Amazed at how easily they slipped on and off.

  5. Jon, How many ski boot customers have to custom-fitted their ski boots? Have you skied the Dahu?

    I have been custom-fitting ski boots for 35 years.

    Bernie, The Apex is designed for comfort and ease of use. Not performance.

    In general, ski shops get the best pricing when they meet order minimums. I believe ski shops will be hesitant to invest the time and money to commit to a radically different ski boot.

    One other thing, if you are looking to buy new equipment for this season,, don’t wait. It’s no surprise there are supply issues.

  6. Regarding the analogy that electric cars are the Future: did you know that if only a small percentage of the US car fleet goes electric, the whole electrical street lines in every city will have to be upgraded to handle the low needed to overbite recharge them?
    Did you know that the electricity to charge them comes MOSTLY from antiquated oil and natural gas generators and since losing many old Nuke plants to age/shutdown, we barely have enough electricity to handle a bad winter never mind a quintupling of demand to recharge electric cars?
    Nope, as the owner of a highly efficient 4 cyl Japanese gas car and a roaring V8 1964 Pontiac Lemans convertible, I’m not worried! But if you run out of power with your electric car in 10 degree weather getting home from skiing, prepare for a Long Cold night being towed home and 12 more hours to recharge!!!

    • Off topic and short sighted. The future will not include manually driven gasoline powered cars. Now you know too.

      • dont agree. alot of problems with electric cars not being investigated at all. using coal tomake electricity is one of them. plus the batteries for electric cars use hard to find minerals and means digging up more lands to get it, or under the sea.

  7. Richard Kavey says:

    Looks awful! Lots of goo dads to break. Too complicated. Simple overlap the best. Occam snd his Razor are right


    Steve you’re way off topic and Ted yes you’re right but it will take a few years technology and time. As far as the boots go leather not the answer. I am looking forward to a boot that can keep my feet warm I have frozen them so many times over the last 55 years. That’s the technology I need warm boots or electric boots that hold a charge all day. Got my fingers crossed this will be my 56th Year of skiing and some days I do bell to bell one day last season was over 75,000 vertical feet and 77 runs

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