• ATOMIC

    Hawx Ultra 130 XTD

    $950.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Spoiler alert: The Atomic Hawx Ultra 130 XTD is not just a “Hawx Ultra 130 with a hike mode.”‰ While Atomic’s new freeride touring boot does borrow traits like Memory Fit and a 98-millimeter last from its resort-bound brethren, at 1420 grams each, it’s the lightest boot in its category and offers more power than a lot of the competition.

    The XTD’s Free/Lock 2.0 hike mechanism spans a relatively long distance between the boot’s upper cuff and lower shell, which is where the boot’s generous 54-degree range-of-motion comes from. I was immediately skeptical of the words “Frictionless Pivot‰” written on the boots, but the XTD’s ease of ankle flection on the skin track is as good as it gets, especially for a boot modeled after the four-buckle, overlap resort category.

    Atomic’s incorporation of an Energy Backbone (stiffer plastic) and an interior spoiler in the Hawx Ultra 130 XTD’s construction creates a truly progressive rigidity that is seldom achieved in boots with touring capabilities. The one drawback is the liner. It’s machine washable, but it lacks structural integrity and is likely best replaced with an aftermarket option such as an Intuition. —Alex Buecking

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    Brand Name

    ATOMIC

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    130

    Last

    98

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Ski Boots with a Walk Mode

    Product-type

    ski boots

  • ATOMIC

    Hawx Ultra XTD 110 W

    $850.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    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 neededand 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.
    —Crystal Sagan

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    Brand Name

    ATOMIC

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    110

    Last

    98

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Ski Boots with a Walk Mode

    Product-type

    ski boots

  • Dalbello

    Lupo 130 C

    $950.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The Dalbello Lupo 130 C is a one-boot-quiver for big mountain cabrio fanatics who also like to tour. The all-new Lupo 130 C’s redesigned hike mode and removable tongue drastically increase the boot’s range of motion to an impressive 67 degrees, and at 1920 grams (or 1640 without the tongue), the boot is also significantly lighter than Dalbello predecessors. To my surprise, these changes didn’t affect the boot’s skiability at all; the Lupo 130 C has the same progressive flex, excellent heel retention, and modern upright stance that I love about the Dalbello KR series.

    This boot is backcountry-capable, but having to remove the tongues and carry them around with you on the skin track, and then replace them to ski, is just a pain in the ass. Also, the 130 C’s new liner is a huge step back in terms of warmth and comfort from the Intuition option that Dalbello customers have become used to. Despite its limited shortcomings, the Lupo 130 C truly achieves the “Krypton with a hike mode” vision that its loyal customers have been dreaming of over the past decade.
    —Alex Buecking

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    Brand Name

    Dalbello

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    130

    Last

    98

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Ski Boots with a Walk Mode

    Product-type

    ski boots

  • Dalbello

    Lupo AX 110 W

    $950.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Touring boots can sometimes ski like, well, touring boots. Which is exactly why we were excited to find the inbounds-like performance of the Dalbello Lupo AX 110 W in out-of-bounds territory. The cabrio design delivers versatility with a fully removable polyamide tongue for unrestricted uphill travel, plus a noticeable dynamic rebound that brought them to life on the downhill.

    Constructed of IRFAN, a lighter and updated version of polyurethane, the Lupo AX shores up fit with three buckles and a power strap to help ensure energy isn’t lost in translation between foot and ski. Out of the box, the 100-millimeter last Lupo AX was comfortable on narrow-ish feet, and better for average-volume feet.

    No more accidentally slipping into walk mode: The ski/walk toggle only moves if you put enough forward pressure on the boot before flipping it. Worth considering: At 1640 grams, the Lupo AX 110 not a featherweight touring boot, but we’ll take that trade for the extra performance.
    —Crystal Sagan

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    Brand Name

    Dalbello

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    110

    Last

    100

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Ski Boots with a Walk Mode

    Product-type

    ski boots

  • Roxa

    R3 130 TI

    $875.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The R3 130 TI is the alpha of Roxa’s new line of freeride touring boots, and it’s a huge improvement over the brand’s previous sloppy, clunky, heavy shots at this category. The R3 130 TI addresses previous shortcomings by tightening the instep fit, using CAD Design technology to reduce unnecessary bulk, and by replacing that heavy-ass plastic with Grilamid. The result is a touring boot with freeride capabilities that cabrio loyalists need to put on their radar.

    What really impresses me about the Roxa R3 130 TI is how well it tours given its simplicity. Unlike other cabrio boots in its category, the R3 130 TI’s tongue doesn’t need to be molested to achieve its full range of motion, and its creatively integrated power strap buckle drastically reduces the boot’s overall fiddle-factor. The boot’s middle buckle is positioned at a 45-degree angle, and did a great job keeping my skinny heel in place.

    The boot’s slightly modified Intuition liner is as comfortable as they come, which is nice on long days. Heavy resort skiers will find the Roxa R3 130 TI too soft for daily use, but it’s a great option for bicurious midweights like myself.
    —Alex Buecking

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    Brand Name

    Roxa

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    130

    Last

    99

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Ski Boots with a Walk Mode

    Product-type

    ski boots

  • Nordica

    Strider Pro 130

    $849.00

    Manufacturer's Description

    Nordica put a lot into the new Strider Pro 130 boot. First of all, their tri-fit infrared customization process may be the most accurate way to fit boots quickly and perfectly. Out of the box, I found the heel pocket to be very tight, but the quick molding process got the boots dialed on the first try. The Strider comes with Nordica’s proprietary 3D Cork Fit liner, which is warm, comfortable, conformable, and lends a significant amount of rigidity to the boot.

    The 12 degrees of forward lean put me a little bit more forward than I like to be, but I got used to it quickly, and never felt punished for leaning back on a descent where I encountered a whole lot of breakable crust and refrozen ice chunks. Nordica’s use of Michelin rubber on the Strider’s Gripwalk soles is not only hilarious (there’s a little Michelin man on them), but also functional. I found the Strider Pro 130’s soles to be very grippy and more durable than many of its competitors. The hike mode on this boot only boasts 46 degrees range of motion, but it’s easy to engage and extremely smooth on the skin track.

    The Strider Pro 130 certainly isn’t the lightest crossover boot, but it is one of the stiffest, most comfortable, well-built options available this year.
    —Alex Buecking

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    Brand Name

    Nordica

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    130

    Last

    100

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Ski Boots with a Walk Mode

    Product-type

    ski boots

  • TECNICA

    Zero G Guide Pro W

    $840.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The Zero G Guide Pro from Tecnica is a legit touring boot that skis like an alpine boot. The traditional four-buckle, overlap design brings power and energy to the table and a beefy 45-millimeter power strap adds noticeable stiffness to a 115 flex. Bi-injected Grilamid keeps the stiffness and weight in an appropriate range for a touring boot (1660 grams) thanks in part to the inherent strength-to-volume ratio of the plastic.

    Dimples on common fit problem areas (like both sides of the widest part of your forefoot) act as a roadmap for bootfitters on the anatomically shaped lower shell and cuff, so heating and punching out the 99-millimeter last shell is easier.

    Tecnica’s Women to Women initiative designed the Zero G Guide Pro from the ground up to ensure fit, features, and performance. Bottom line: Performance so dialed you’ll forget you’re wearing a touring boot.
    —Crystal Sagan

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    Hardgoods

    Brand Name

    TECNICA

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    Skiers Choice

    No

    Flex

    115

    Last

    99

    Guide-year

    2018

    Product-collection

    The Best Ski Boots with a Walk Mode

    Product-type

    ski boots