With its XTD alpine/AT hybrid models, Atomic looks to blend the pure backcountry skills of the ultralight Backland boots with the frontside skiability of the Hawx line. Testers were much impressed. The XTD is way lighter than the regular Hawx, with rockered soles and a releasable cuff, yet the downhill performance is barely com- promised. Bring a light-footed attack to it, and enjoy its nimble feel and comfort. “Wow, quick yet smooth—almost the same feel and frontside skiability as the regular Hawx,” said Jacobson.