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  MSRP: $799.00  Last Width: 98 mm  Flex: 130The Live Fit pannel on the little-toe side of this 98-mm sidecountry boot earned high praise from the…

MSRP: $799.00

Last Width: 98 mm

Flex: 130

The Live Fit pannel on the little-toe side of this 98-mm sidecountry boot earned high praise from the wide-footed testers. The 130 packs more power this year with a stiffer shell and a more upright, balanced stance throughout the turn. The lateral stance angels seem mellower, allowing for less edgy transitions.

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  MSRP: $769.00  Last Width: 102 mm  Flex: 130A perfect example of how often stance is fit and performance. Testers weren't satisfied with thee…

MSRP: $769.00

Last Width: 102 mm

Flex: 130

A perfect example of how often stance is fit and performance. Testers weren’t satisfied with thee Factor’s out-of-the-box setup, saying the spolier rendered it overflexed and and the lateral bias railed them to the inside edge. With spoiler removed and cuff adjusted, it became a more agile and balanced animal – and exceptional turnover.

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  MSRP: $795.00  Last Width: 95-112 mm  Flex: 95/115It's thin, rigid polyether shell, three-quarter-length boot board, and spiral-wrap Intuition…

MSRP: $795.00

Last Width: 95-112 mm

Flex: 95/115

It’s thin, rigid polyether shell, three-quarter-length boot board, and spiral-wrap Intuition liner render is featherweight but is still solidly able to link to the ski. One tester ran standard stiffness; the other had the cuff pinned for a stouter feel.  Both said the flex feel and ski response were smooth, agile, and accurate.

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  MSRP: $1,000.00  Last Width: 100 mm  Flex: 130Testers had fit issue, but the shell - made of carbon-infused Grilanmid - provided insanely crisp…

MSRP: $1,000.00

Last Width: 100 mm

Flex: 130

Testers had fit issue, but the shell – made of carbon-infused Grilanmid – provided insanely crisp power transmission at a fraction of the weight of most sidecountry boots. A clever booster tongue snaps in to stiffen flex, and the top-buckle touring release was a test favorite.

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  MSRP: $649.00  Last Width: 99 mm  Flex: 120It has a classic deep ankle flexion of a three-piece shell, but testers reported that the ST2 was a…

MSRP: $649.00

Last Width: 99 mm

Flex: 120

It has a classic deep ankle flexion of a three-piece shell, but testers reported that the ST2 was a touch underpowered to the edge. Skiers seeking greasy, smeary turns – for jibbing or powder perhaps? – might enjoy that. Testers liked the the techy hardware on the spine and the five position lean forward-lean adjustment.

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  MSRP: $795.00  Last Width: 101 mm  Flex: 120Testers rarely mention Fischer’s slightly abducted (duck-footed) Soma-Tec stance anymore, which…

MSRP: $795.00

Last Width: 101 mm

Flex: 120

Testers rarely mention Fischer’s slightly abducted (duck-footed) Soma-Tec stance anymore, which suggests it’s been refined to a point where it works for those who need it but doesn’t bother those who don’t. Stance geometry is certainly a source of the Ranger’s slinky on-snow feel. Arcs flow like water down the mountain. A three-position touring mechanism allows skiers to lock the cuff for downhill skiing, free it for uphill penance, or split the difference for a longer-range flex. “Good snow sensitivity. Tours well for a sidecountry boot.” Notes: The boot’s feature-laden set up offers a Vibram sole set and mid-arch grip area, the on/off-piste adjustable rear spoiler (pull up for taller and more forward) and the three-way Hike-Ride-Lock mode cuff release for touring, skiing or longer flex range applications, and a lace-up HIPE (high insulation polyethylene) liner with pull loops at rear and tongue.

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  MSRP: $775.00  Last Width: 103 mm  Flex: 130Delirium spun the head of several testers. Its wide throughout the forefoot, but its close instep fit,…

MSRP: $775.00

Last Width: 103 mm

Flex: 130

Delirium spun the head of several testers. Its wide throughout the forefoot, but its close instep fit, damp feel, and stout lower shell provide tanlike lateral stiffness that enables it to roll over anything. The stock forward-lean was aggressive; most testers preferred the straight-up setting for optimal leverage and heel retention.

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  MSRP: $800.00  Last Width: 97 mm  Flex: 130Lange uses lightweight polyolefin HP plastic, but it was only in the cuff, where it saves weight without…

MSRP: $800.00

Last Width: 97 mm

Flex: 130

Lange uses lightweight polyolefin HP plastic, but it was only in the cuff, where it saves weight without robbing the XT of the Lange-like edge power. Testers used the spoilers included to give it lean. It’s not as light as the granola groovers from the AT side of the tracks, but given how well it skis, no one minded.

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  MSRP: $750.00  Last Width: 98/104 mm  Flex: 120The 120 combines Quest’s signature single-buckle upper and beefy touring mechanism with 360 -Custom…

MSRP: $750.00

Last Width: 98/104 mm

Flex: 120

The 120 combines Quest’s signature single-buckle upper and beefy touring mechanism with 360 -Custom Shell adaptability to create a sidecountry solution that’s right for a variety of foot shapes. Those looking for instant comfort and relaxed skiability (and those with very wide feet) will find a perfect match in their normal boot sizes. Skiers seeking a snug high-performance fit in a boot that offers a touring mode can size down and employ the ample fit and forming capabilities of the moldable lower shell. “Easy on the foot; solid skiing characteristics.” Notes: New 360 Custom Shell lower attached to Quest upper via rigid Oversized Pivot hinge points for shape-shifting moldability and sidecountry touring, all wrapped in solid descending edge power and response. Toe and heel “pads” are DIN standard but touring pads are available.

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  MSRP: $699.00  Last Width: 101 mm  Flex: 120Testers adored this welterweight. Ultrathin underfoot, it succeeds with quickness and precision, not…

MSRP: $699.00

Last Width: 101 mm

Flex: 120

Testers adored this welterweight. Ultrathin underfoot, it succeeds with quickness and precision, not sheer strength. Yet testers who opened their stance and rolled the ski a little higher found it punched smartly above its class. Be warned though;: It’s tight over the midfoot and way tighter that most 101-mm lasts.

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  MSRP: $850.00  Last Width: 98 mm  Flex: 130Laterally macho, the Pro tamed the whole hill with more room than

MSRP: $850.00

Last Width: 98 mm

Flex: 130

Laterally macho, the Pro tamed the whole hill with more room than “98” suggests and rearward support that made testers forget it had a cuff release. A few found it a bit firm on the shin, but most praised the “spring-loaded,” long travel flex feel of the light Triax shell. DIN-ready. Optional tech soles. $80.

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