After locking down that season pass, no other skiing purchase is as crucial as boots. Catering to the surge in backcountry skiing, most high-performance boots now allow for uphill mobility (walk/ski modes, rubberized traction, and the option for touring soles) while being packaged in an uncompromising shell for the descent. The hard part is that there have never been more options to choose from. To aid your decision-making, we sent the industry’s top freeride boots to six skiers—guys and gals—who beat them up over the course of the season. –Matt Hansen

Click over to the Buyer’s Guide to browse the complete Skier’s Choice selection of boots, skis, and bindings. Find something you like? Just click the link to Backcountry.com and in a matter of days, your gear will arrive to your doorstep.