• TECNICA

    Mach 1 130 LV

    $840.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    When you first try on the Tecnica Mach 1 130, remember that the liner is designed to be worked on like an exterior shell. This is why it’s absent of the cushy wads of foam found in many comparable boots. In fact, I found this boot to be flat-out uncomfortable out of the box. But a few shell and liner modifications later, the Mach 1 130 LV was one of the most perfectly fitting boots I’ve ever slid my foot into.

    The Tecnica Mach 1 130 flex is more progressive than your average two-piece overlap-style boot, and I couldn’t find high enough speeds on crummy enough snow to push through it. The Mach 1’s modular design is a valuable feature for the DIY crowd that’s hard on their equipment. Nearly every part on this boot is replaceable with a Phillips screwdriver, and Tecnica’s kick-ass customer service department is great at getting you the parts you need in a hurry. Although much of the upright-skiing millennial population may find the 12 degrees of forward lean to be a bit much, those big mountain guys who “used to race‰” will love it. —Alex Buecking

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    TECNICA

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    130

    Last

    98

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Resort Boots of the Year

    Product-type

    ski boots

  • TECNICA

    Mach 1 Pro W LV

    $840.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Tecnica’s Mach 1 Pro W LV doesn’t mess around. With a 115 flex and design that focuses on a more upright stance specific to the female anatomy, I felt like this boot effortlessly drove my skis down the hill.

    It is part of Tecnica’s new women’s boot collection, born from the creation of their new Women to Women (W2W) project—an initiative to connect women’s specific products to the women’s skiing community. The Mach 1 Pro W LV boasts the Custom Shape Cuff Adapter that allows bootfitters to easily mold the upper cuff to the shape of a women’s lower leg, and a newly engineered fiber, called celliant, that contains minerals that turn body heat into infrared energy to reflect back onto the foot. In short, these boots are great for ripping up the resort, and keeping the feet warm, even on frigid East Coast days. —Caitlin Kelly

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    TECNICA

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    115

    Last

    98

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Resort Boots of the Year

    Product-type

    ski boots

  • Fischer

    RC4 Curv 130

    $700.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The Fischer Curv 130 is a mid-volume, four-buckle alpine ski boot. Compared with the other boots in Fischer’s lineup, the Curv 130 is a middle-of-the-line frontside charger. Fischer also has a 140, 120, and 110 flexes in the Curv lineup as well as a 110 and 90 in a women’s fit.

    The boot fit comfortably straight out of the box. Fit is more important than a boot’s looks, but it is hard to ignore the blacked-out plastic with red flame buckles. The Curv 130 reminded me of the badass, stiff boots of the late ’90s. Thankfully, they don’t ski that way, with a 130 flex that is more forgiving than the rock-hard boots of two decades ago. The Curv 130 is stiff enough to handle a variety of conditions without compromising comfort. —Mike Rogge

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    Fischer

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    130

    Last

    97

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Resort Boots of the Year

    Product-type

    ski boots

  • LANGE

    RX 130 LV

    $850.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Lange must have done some in-house sensitivity training, because their latest rendition of the RX 130 is the friendliest and most accommodating yet. The toe box is roomier, the liner is more comfortable, and wearing them still makes you feel and ski like a badass.

    Lange did all of this without compromising the boot’s performance. When they tweaked the shape of the RX 130’s shell, Lange achieved a much more progressive flex than what I’ve experienced in previous renditions of the Lange RX 130 LV. I never got the “I’m pushing against a cold brick wall with my shin‰Û feeling, but with 12 degrees of forward lean and a four-degree ramp angle, these boots politely reminded me to stay forward when I got lazy.

    The Lange RX 130 LV remains one of the best options for ex-gate bangers or skiers with limited ankle flection looking for a performance-focused pair of boots that’ll fit a variety of feet pretty damn well out of the box. It’s available in Lange’s classic 97-millimeter last, as well as a 100-millimeter last for folks with wider hooves. —Alex Buecking

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    LANGE

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    130

    Last

    97 or 100

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Resort Boots of the Year

    Product-type

    ski boots

  • SALOMON

    X Max 120 W

    $850.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    With a 120 flex, the X Max 120 W is the stiffest non-race women’s boot in Salomon’s lineup, and the stiffest (and most powerful) women’s boot we tested.

    Ski hard, fast, and in control in the X Max 120 knowing the energy transfer from body to ski edge will be efficient, at a minimum. A blend of Polyamide and Polyurethane in the lower shell allows for fit, strength, and power transfer to collectively find a happy medium. An oversized pivot connecting the lower shell with the cuff helps reduce play where energy might otherwise be lost, as does an extra-large power strap.

    Out of the box fit for narrower, lower volume feet was comfortable with a 98-millimeter last and heat-molded liners. Find extra wiggle room in the top buckle by quickly flipping the receiving end 90-degrees and sliding along a track, closer or farther from the buckle, instead of breaking out a screw driver. —Crystal Sagan

    Guide-type

    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    SALOMON

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    120

    Last

    98 or 104

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Resort Boots of the Year

    Product-type

    ski boots