The Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD is the quintessential touring boot, light and efficient with equally impressive performance on the uphill and downhill exactly what you’d expect the love child of Atomic’s Hawx Ultra (alpine) and Backland (touring) boots to look like. True to form, it weighs in at 1,320 grams with an expansive 54-degree range of motion.
The Grilamid shell and cuff are reinforced for stiffness and performance, but otherwise, the boot’s minimalist design keeps weight down. Four ALU buckles combine with an overlap design for a secure fit and plenty of power transfer through heavy, cruddy spring snowmaking it equally impressive that they’re so light.
The energy backbone (at the rear of the cuff) helps with power transfer and keeps energy moving consistently from your leg to boot and beyond. Bonus points for comfort (post-ski, or in transit) thanks to a rockered rubber sole, and the washable liner is a total perk we never knew we needed and won’t ever be able to live without. Though at times we wished for a beefier liner that kept its shape and brought a bit more stiffness to the table.