Atomic M:10/W (2006)

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Rating: 2.90 / 5
Price: $599.00
Year: 2006
Level: 2
Gender: Male

Toebox fit: 4.00 / 5
Forefoot fit: 4.00 / 5
Ankle fit: 3.00 / 5
Instep fit: 3.30 / 5
Adjustments: 2.75 / 5
Closure: 3.30 / 5
Response: 3.60 / 5
Support: 3.60 / 5
Flex: 3.10 / 5
Steering: 3.20 / 5
Comfort: 2.80 / 5
Average Score: 3.10 / 5

Though it's touted as having a significantly softer flex than the race line, Atomic's version of the Cruiser boot is still stiffer than most in this category. Testers didn't mind. The M:10 shines through with qualities that matter most for balanced, high-performance skiing. The stiff flex translates into unflinching power, especially over the working edge of the ski, thanks to the way the cuff is arranged to focus energy down the medial (big-toe) wall. And its spine is one of the most rigid in the category, giving Cruisers the support they need to stay forward and then milk the finish of every turn. Crabtree calls it a "rock-solid Cruiser for corduroy rippers. It'll work well with deeply shaped skis."