This year, K2's Pinnacle Pro 130 comes back with all of its good features and without any of the bad ones. It still has a DIN/tech-compatible sole and a true-to-last fit, but now includes a lighter-weight power strap, an improved hike mode, and even shed 300 grams thanks to its Pebax/carbon weight-reduction diet. The stock Intuition liner provides a good fit out of the box, allows for easy customization, and has a hinge point to prevent excessive breakdown from hiking or apr├Ęs dancing. Even with all of these improvements, the Pinnacle 130 is still bulky for extended backcountry use, but balances uphill capability with downhill performance very well. --Alex Buecking