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2015's Top 26 Boots With Hike Mode

We tested the newest backcountry and adventure-worthy ski boots. Here are the winners.

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It's that time of the year: when leaves start to fall, snow flies in the high country, ski areas test snow-making equipment, and we, as skiers, start…

It’s that time of the year: when leaves start to fall, snow flies in the high country, ski areas test snow-making equipment, and we, as skiers, start thinking about new gear. Enjoy this collection, and the many others, of the best new skis and boots for 2015.

LAST 98 mm FLEX 130 MSRP $750 It’s not one of the narrower 98-millimeter boots we tested, but it fits snugger than it looks—a testament to the dense…

LAST 98 mm

FLEX 130

MSRP $750

It’s not one of the narrower 98-millimeter boots we tested, but it fits snugger than it looks—a testament to the dense and fully moldable Perfect Fit liner, which fills fit gaps efficiently.

See the full review here

LAST 100 mm FLEX 130 MSRP $800 The Pro 130 remains a distinct tester favorite. Get more info on this boot, and others we tested, here. 

LAST 100 mm

FLEX 130

MSRP $800

The Pro 130 remains a distinct tester favorite.

Get more info on this boot, and others we tested, here

LAST 102 mm FLEX 120 MSRP $700 The Alltrack’s target market is probably not serious out-of-bounds trekkers, but that doesn’t mean it shrinks from…

LAST 102 mm

FLEX 120

MSRP $700

The Alltrack’s target market is probably not serious out-of-bounds trekkers, but that doesn’t mean it shrinks from sidecountry adventures.

Get the full review here

LAST 102-100 mm FLEX 120 MSRP $650 Mechanical engineers will love the tuning options. See the full review here. 

LAST 102-100 mm

FLEX 120

MSRP $650

Mechanical engineers will love the tuning options.

See the full review here

LAST 102 mm FLEX 100 MSRP $650 It is not stiffer than billed, but it more than holds its own on the hill against boots with flex ratings that are 10…

LAST 102 mm

FLEX 100

MSRP $650

It is not stiffer than billed, but it more than holds its own on the hill against boots with flex ratings that are 10 and 20 points higher. 

Get more about this boot here

LAST 97 mm FLEX 130 MSRP $850 This boot was at the top of the category chart with three other strong contenders. See more about this boot here. 

LAST 97 mm

FLEX 130

MSRP $850

This boot was at the top of the category chart with three other strong contenders.

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LAST 102 mm FLEX 120 MSRP $700 Strong bloodlines made this a favorite going in, and it played to form. Get more info on this boot here. 

LAST 102 mm

FLEX 120

MSRP $700

Strong bloodlines made this a favorite going in, and it played to form.

Get more info on this boot here

LAST 100 mm FLEX 130 MSRP $850 The XT is as good as it gets when it comes to skiing performance and comfort. See the full review here. Check out all…

LAST 100 mm

FLEX 130

MSRP $850

The XT is as good as it gets when it comes to skiing performance and comfort.

See the full review here. Check out all the boots we tested here

LAST 101 mm FLEX 120 MSRP $769 The extra-versatile Freedom SL scored both as an all-mountain adventure boot (with optional DIN alpine soles) and as a…

LAST 101 mm

FLEX 120

MSRP $769

The extra-versatile Freedom SL scored both as an all-mountain adventure boot (with optional DIN alpine soles) and as a backcountry boot (with its standard lugged, tech-compatible soles).

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LAST 103.5 mm FLEX 125 MSRP $800 Great Scott! No, really…testers loved it.Read the full review here. 

LAST 103.5 mm

FLEX 125

MSRP $800

Great Scott! No, really…testers loved it.

Read the full review here

LAST 100 mm FLEX 120 MSRP $735 The revised Cochise 120 is immensely improved.Get more info on this boot here. 

LAST 100 mm

FLEX 120

MSRP $735

The revised Cochise 120 is immensely improved.

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LAST 98 mm FLEX 130 MSRP $850 The 130 Pro sports a floor-to-ceiling redesign, including a shell that’s more anatomically shaped to prevent fit…

LAST 98 mm

FLEX 130

MSRP $850

The 130 Pro sports a floor-to-ceiling redesign, including a shell that’s more anatomically shaped to prevent fit problems.

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LAST 100 mm FLEX 130 MSRP $600 This versatile star was beloved by both Adventure and Backcountry category tester, but don’t be fooled by its…

LAST 100 mm

FLEX 130

MSRP $600

This versatile star was beloved by both Adventure and Backcountry category tester, but don’t be fooled by its ultralight feel—it drives a ski with firm authority.

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LAST 100-106 mm FLEX 130 MSRP $700 The Quest name still reigns, but this boot is all new. Get more info on this boot here.  

LAST 100-106 mm

FLEX 130

MSRP $700

The Quest name still reigns, but this boot is all new.

Get more info on this boot here

 

LAST 100 mm FLEX 110 MSRP $750 Salomon took what works for so many alpine skiers—its 100-millimeter Pro series lower shape—and fashioned it form…

LAST 100 mm

FLEX 110

MSRP $750

Salomon took what works for so many alpine skiers—its 100-millimeter Pro series lower shape—and fashioned it form lighter plastic.

Get more info on this boot, and other we tested, here

LAST 101 mm FLEX 120 MSRP $699 Scarpa added power and convenience to an already well-balanced, impressive backcountry performer.See the full review…

LAST 101 mm

FLEX 120

MSRP $699

Scarpa added power and convenience to an already well-balanced, impressive backcountry performer.

See the full review here. Check out all the boots we tested here

 

LAST 104 mm FLEX 120 MSRP $550 Backcountry skiers who end up riding lifts for part of the day know what lightweight boots often don’t have the…

LAST 104 mm

FLEX 120

MSRP $550

Backcountry skiers who end up riding lifts for part of the day know what lightweight boots often don’t have the horsepower to drive burly boards on firmer surfaces well enough to keep the posse in sight.

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LAST 99 mm FLEX  No. 10 tongue MSRP $800 There’s no hike mode on this boot, but it has sure traction for hiking, is light, with a nice flex feel, and…

LAST 99 mm

FLEX  No. 10 tongue

MSRP $800

There’s no hike mode on this boot, but it has sure traction for hiking, is light, with a nice flex feel, and it’s Seth’s boot, so of course it competes with boots in the Adventure category.

Get more info on this boot here.

 

LAST 98 mm FLEX 105 MSRP $700 The sum of the new Cochise Pro W’s parts is a categorical success. See more info on this boot here. 

LAST 98 mm

FLEX 105

MSRP $700

The sum of the new Cochise Pro W’s parts is a categorical success.

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LAST 102 mm FLEX 95 MSRP $650 We changed things up and sampled the spiral-wrapping Intuition Thermo liner version of the Kyra 95 this year.Get more…

LAST 102 mm

FLEX 95

MSRP $650

We changed things up and sampled the spiral-wrapping Intuition Thermo liner version of the Kyra 95 this year.

Get more info on this boot here. See all the boots we tested here

LAST 97 mm FLEX 110 MSRP $750 Everyone liked this boot. Everyone.Get more info on this boot, and all the boots we tested, here. 

LAST 97 mm

FLEX 110

MSRP $750

Everyone liked this boot. Everyone.

Get more info on this boot, and all the boots we tested, here

LAST 101-99 mm FLEX 100 MSRP $600 Like to lock down your fit in the morning and ease it up a bit late in the day when your feet need a break? Head’s…

LAST 101-99 mm

FLEX 100

MSRP $600

Like to lock down your fit in the morning and ease it up a bit late in the day when your feet need a break? Head’s Adaptive Fit shell is the only one that can physically change width with the twist of an Allen screw on the boot sole.

Get more info on this boot here

LAST 100 mm FLEX 110 MSRP $700 The Alltrack Pro has rock-star moves. It stands tall and flows smoothly, with a progressive but pliant flex.See the…

LAST 100 mm

FLEX 110

MSRP $700

The Alltrack Pro has rock-star moves. It stands tall and flows smoothly, with a progressive but pliant flex.

See the full review here.  See all the boots we tested here

LAST 100 mm FLEX 110 MSRP $770 This hybrid performs inbounds with horsepower and precision, yet it’s light enough for trekking and boasts a…

LAST 100 mm

FLEX 110

MSRP $770

This hybrid performs inbounds with horsepower and precision, yet it’s light enough for trekking and boasts a wonderfully wide and friction-free range of motion in tour mode.

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LAST 100 mm FLEX 100 MSRP $750 K2’s new tower of power, the Minaret was universally applauded for its balanced, stacked stance and strength.See more…

LAST 100 mm

FLEX 100

MSRP $750

K2’s new tower of power, the Minaret was universally applauded for its balanced, stacked stance and strength.

See more about this boot here

LAST 101 mm FLEX 120 MSRP $699 Strong descent capabilities and an impressive power-to-weight ratio mate with a best-of-category touring range of…

LAST 101 mm

FLEX 120

MSRP $699

Strong descent capabilities and an impressive power-to-weight ratio mate with a best-of-category touring range of motion in this tester favorite.

Get more info on this boot here. See 2015’s best boots for frontside ripping here