All-Mountain Boots

The Best All-Mountain Ski Boots For Women

There's never been a better time to get one boot for the ups, downs, and everything in between.

Like so many things in March and April of 2020, SKI was forced to cancel its annual boot test when our go-to test centers were shut down. In place of our usual boot testing process, we invited brands to submit their newest and most exciting entries, and the resulting coverage includes notes from our editors’ experiences whenever possible. Because the majority of these ski boots have brand-new technologies—and more than a few notable carry-over features from the prior season—there has never been a better time to go to a local shop or bootfitter and talk about which boots, fits, and features interest you. SKI recommends working with an expert to make an informed ski boot purchase that will fit your foot for years to come and improve your overall skiing experience.

What are All-Mountain Resort Boots?

For skiers who like to keep it in-bounds and downhill only, all-mountain resort boots fit the bill for solid performance with a comfortable fit. The models featured here offer new tech targeted to a specific volume, which we listed. Expect to see a lot of this new innovation trickle into the rest of each brand’s line in seasons to come.

What are All-Mountain Adventure Boots?

With walk-friendly soles, walk modes, and resort-level flex options, All-Mountain Adventure boots are made to go anywhere and everywhere, whether it’s down your favorite blue run, through the expert gates, or deep into the backcountry.


2021 Lange XT3 110 W women's all-mountain adventure ski boot
The 2021 Lange XT3 110 W all-mountain ski boot.Photo courtesy of Lange
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Adventure Ski Boots
  • FLEXES (Women): 110 (pictured), 90, 80 
  • LAST: 97mm (LV), 100mm (MV)
  • VOLUME: Low (LV), Medium (MV)
  • MSRP: $800 (XT3 110)

The XT3 is the first boot that comes incredibly close to delivering true alpine performance while in ski mode but remains comfortable and easy to hike with while in walk mode. Built with an innovative metal-on-metal V-lock that effectively eliminates any play in downhill mode, as well as Lange’s Dual-Core Light shell construction that provides a near-perfect feel, the XT3 is virtually flawless when descending on hard and soft snow alike. The brand is so confident in the design and downhill capabilities, it also offers a no-nonsense, low-volume Pro model of the boot with a rigid 140 flex rating. All of the models within the XT3 family feature a 53-degree range of motion in walk mode, removableGripWalk soles, and tech inserts, meaning the XT3 is no slouch when it comes to backcountry tours or just general comfort when walking from your car to the lift. Speaking of comfort, the heat-customizable liners provide a supple feel right out of the box (or right out of the oven during the fitting process) and include different density foams to maximize performance on the uphill and—most importantly—the down. Add in a slew of options when it comes to flex and volume choices, and this boot is likely to be your one-and-only go-to boot for laps off the lift, backcountry tours, and everything in between.

Atomic Hawx Prime XTD

Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 115 W women's all-mountain ski boot
The Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 115 W all-mountain ski boot.Photo courtesy of Atomic
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Adventure
  • FLEXES (Women): 115 (pictured), 95
  • LAST: 100MM
  • VOLUME: Medium
  • PRICE: $850 (115 W)

Atomic has been putting out some incredible specific boots over the past few years, as well as solid specific all-mountain options. The brand’s combination of the two is found in the new Hawx Prime XTD. This boot hits all the right notes for the category, including trimming shell material thickness where it’s not needed—and, with it, weight—plus beefed-up spots where performance counts. With a 100-percent heat-moldable shell and Mimic liner, a stout walk/ski switch, and GripWalk soles with tech inserts, the Hawx Prime XTD can be made to fit just about any skier’s disposition and feet comfortably.

Head Kore 2 W

The 2021 Head Kore 2 W all mountain ski boot for women
The 2021 Head Kore 2 W all-mountain ski boot for womenPhoto courtesy of Head
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Adventure
  • FLEXES (WOMENS): 110
  • LAST: 100 MM
  • PRICE: $775 (Kore 2 W)

Last season’s Best in Test Kore boot line returns with a new women’s-specific addition, the Kore 2 W. Built with the same graphene-enhanced lightweight shell and a beefed-up power plate in the upper cuff, the Kore line provides a solid feel during descents, and a simple walk mode allows for stress-free touring or strolling through the resort village. Head’s unique Liquid Fit liner is especially welcome on the women’s model as it eliminates dead space in the critical areas above the heel and below the calf. The aluminum buckles and ladder-locks are simple, effective, and, most importantly, built to last.

Salomon Shift Pro

The 2021 Salomon Shift Pro 11 w all-mountain ski boot.
The Salomon Shift Pro 110 W all-mountain ski boot for women.Photo courtesy of Salomon
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Adventure
  • FLEXES (Women) 110 (pictured), 90
  • LAST: 100 MM
  • VOLUME: Medium
  • PRICE: $850 (110 W)

Salomon’s revolutionary CoreFrame system finally found its way into backcountry capable boots, and we’re stoked. These shell additions—which cradle the foot and back of the calf—place dense material where it’s needed most, improving feel and performance while allowing for weight reductions throughout the rest of the boot. The result is one of the lightest options in the category. With a simple-yet-proven walk mode mechanism, heat-moldable liner and shell, and super easy customization features, the Shift Pro is yet another great boot from Salomon that appeals to resort and backcountry skiers alike.

Fischer RC4 The Curv GT

2021 Fischer RC4 The Curv GT 115 all mountain ski boot
The 2021 Fischer RC4 The Curv GT 115 all-mountain ski bootPhoto courtesy of Fischer
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Resort
  • FLEXES (WOMENS): 115 (pictured), 105, 95
  • LAST: 96MM
  • PRICE: $700 (115 W)

Taking note of last year’s race-ready Best in Test RC4 Podium GT, Fischer put a whole slew of easy-to-modify tech in a low-volume boot for recreational skiers. The RC4 The Curv GT line is a dream for hard-to-fit feet and bootfitters alike, with Velcro-attachable pads around the ankle, a removable tongue, and a Vacuum-fit shell system. Add in GripWalk soles, reduced weight, and great on-hill performance, and this is a complete all-mountain package.

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K2 Anthem Pro

The 2021 K2 Anthem Pro women's all-mountain ski boot
The 2021 K2 Anthem Pro women’s all-mountain ski bootPhoto courtesy of K2
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Resort
  • FLEX: 120
  • LAST: 98MM
  • PRICE: $700

The brand steps up the women’s-specific Anthem line with a 120 flex, all-black Pro version. The new Pro model keeps all of the features that make the Anthem line great: 100-percent heat-moldable shell and liner, a terrific weight-to-performance ratio, bootfitter-friendly adjustment features, and super-easy entry and exit.

Best Women’s All-Mountain Boots of 2020

You want a boot that doesn’t fold like a pair of jacks under pressure, but you’re done with custom sculpting boots that are impossible to put on when it’s cold. Get ready for the best of both worlds. For 2019/2020, SKI Magazine used The Lifthouse Ski Shop, located at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, and a pro-team of female testers to figure out which boots are the best for you. Special thanks to Snowbird for the on-hill portion of the testing.

BEST IN TEST and BEST VALUE: 2020 Rossignol AllTrack Pro W

2020 Rossignol AllTrack Pro W
The 2020 Rossignol AllTrack Pro W 110.

The female testers were ecstatic about the AllTrack Pro W. The key ingredients are Dual Core PU in the lower shell to increase performance and Rossi’s Generative Design Grid to reduce weight. Add in a pre-shaped customizable liner and a 50-degree range of motion in walk mode, and this boot can handle everything. “A strong, stable alpine boot with walkability.”

2020 Rossignol AllTrack Pro W Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 110, 100, 80
  • LAST: 100MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #1

2020 Nordica Strider W

2020 Nordica Strider W
The 2020 Nordica Strider 115 W.

The Strider 115 W took top marks for out-of-the-box comfort while earning high praise for skiability. The 3D cork liner and a burly lower shell made for quick edge-to-edge responsiveness, but a lightweight cuff and weight-saving buckles mean the Strider W can keep up in the bootpack and beyond. “Strong alpine performance and loved the walk mode.”

2020 Nordica Strider W Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 115, 95
  • LAST: 100MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #2

2020 Lange XT Free W

2020 Lange XT Free W
The 2020 Lange XT 110 LV Free W.

Using Dual Core Light, the XT Free W boot trims weight without sacrificing performance. Testers commented on how stable this boot was, noting its superior flex and lateral power transfer. A simple flip of a switch on the back kicks the boot into walk mode for short ski tours and hikes. “Drives everything forward, providing great control of the ski.”

2020 Lange XT Free W Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 110, 90, 80
  • LAST: 97MM, 100MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #3

2020 SCARPA Gea RS

2020 SCARPA Gea RS
The 2020 SCARPA Gea RS.

Featuring a customizable Intuition liner, a carbon-infused grilamid shell, a large walk mode mechanism, and a silky flex in ski mode, the Gea RS impressed testers with its performance and out-of-the-box fit. Don’t put SCARPA into the “backcountry only” category—this boot can handle resorts with ease. “Love the control this boot provides and perfectly snug fit.”

2020 SCARPA Gea RS Factsheet

  • FLEX: 120
  • LAST: 101MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #4

2020 K2 Mindbender Alliance

2020 K2 Mindbender Alliance
The 2020 K2 Mindbender Alliance 110.

K2’s new Mindbender Alliance features a no-nonsense, fully heat-moldable shell and liner that provide superior downhill performance. Testers found the walk mode to be one of the best in the test, and also gave kudos to the boot’s featherweight classification and punchy responsiveness. “Solid ski boot and ideal walk mode comfort.”

2020 K2 Mindbender Alliance Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 110, 90
  • LAST: 98MM, 100MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #5

2020 Dalbello Lupo AX W

2020 Dalbello Lupo AX W
The 2020 Dalbello Lupo AX W 105

Dalbello’s cabrio boots continue to rise above all other three-piece boots because of their incredible comfort going uphill and downhill on a mountain. Testers especially lauded the Lupo AX’s comfort in the bootpack, and found the boot’s skiing abilities on-par with the rest of the category. “Good forward pressure and the walk mode is incredible!”

2020 Dalbello Lupo AX W Factsheet

  • FLEX: 105
  • LAST: 100MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #6

Best all-mountain boots for women from 2019

For the frontside, backside, moguls, steeps, backcountry, and beyond.

BEST IN TEST: 2019 Nordica Speedmachine 115 W

2019 Speedmachine 115 W
The 2019 Nordica Speedmachine 115 W.

The Speedmachine 115 W stood out as the best option for women who want nothing but superior downhill performance. The cork liner provided a perfectly snug hold around the ankle and lower leg, but a moderately wide toe box volume kept things comfy. Add in the boot-fitter-friendly shell adjustability and a no nonsense, expert-specific energy transmission, and no other boot comes close. “One super-smooth ride,” according to one tester. 

  • Last Width (In Millimeters) 100
  • Flex 115
  • Number Of Buckles 4
  • MSRP: $699

2019 Tecnica Cochise 105 W DYN

2019 Tecnica Cochise 105 W DYN
The 2019 Tecnica Cochise 105 W DYN.

The women’s-specific Cochise was this year’s No. 1 option for skiers who go up on both chairlifts and skin tracks but demand uncompromised downhill performance. The shell is one-third thinner than the brand’s traditional downhill polyurethane (PU) material but remains stiff for the descent. Add in tech binding inserts and the brand’s C.A.S. shell and liner, and this boot stood out amongst testers. “Perfectly cozy and snug at the same time.” 

  • Last Width (In Millimeters): 99
  • Flex: 105
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $720 (BUY NOW)

2019 Rossignol Pure Pro Heat

2019 Rossignol Pure Pro Heat
The 2019 Rossignol Pure Pro Heat

A fuzzy cuff, merino wool insulation, a Bluetooth-enabled heating system, and rock solid on-hill performance made Rossi’s Pure Pro Heat a winner for advanced skiers who want to be comfortable without sacrifice. Testers appreciated the boot’s near-perfect stance and certainly didn’t complain about the warmth factor. A reminder that ski boots don’t have to be uncomfortable to perform well. “A good ride without being too aggressive and forward.” 

  • Last Width (In Millimeters): 100
  • Flex: 100
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $750 (BUY NOW)

2019 K2 Luv 110 LV

2019 K2 Luv 110 LV women's ski boot
The 2019 K2 Luv 110 LV.Photo courtesy of K2

New for 2018-19, K2 uses four different durometers of PU to create a boot that’s easy to get in and out of but performs well on the ski hill. Like the liner, the entire shell can be heat molded, and the Luv series features a calf adjustment mechanism and two volume options that work with a large variety of leg shapes. Testers worshipped the boot’s responsiveness, making it ideal for hard-charging women with hard-to-fit feet. “Great for advanced, aggressive skiers.” 

  • Last Width (In Millimeters): 98
  • Flex: 110
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $750

2019 Roxa R3W 105 Ti

2019 Roxa R3W 105 Ti
The 2019 Roxa R3W 105 Ti.

This year, Roxa was most appreciated by the women testers looking for a boot they can use at the resort and for day trips into the backcountry. The R3W 105 Ti’s shell is composed of a combination of lightweight Grilamid and high-performance PU materials surrounding a heat-moldable Intuition tongue liner. Testers enjoyed the boot’s smooth skiability and found it to be the best boot for getting up a bootpack. “Smooth, relaxed, and a natural overall feel.” 

  • Last Width (In Millimeters): 99
  • Flex: 105
  • Number Of Buckles: 3
  • MSRP: $750

BEST VALUE: 2019 Salomon X PRO 100 W

2019 Salomon X PRO 100 W
The 2019 BEST VALUE: Salomon X PRO 100 W.

With a fully heat moldable shell and liner, a no-frills look, and dependable performance, the X PRO 100 W remains a go-to boot for women who want great fit and performance everywhere on the mountain. Testers noted that unlike many brands, the X-Pro 100 W felt stiffer than the listed flex rating of 100, meaning that advanced and expert, low-volume-footed women can get what they need from this boot. “Does what it’s supposed to do in all respects.” 

  • Last Width (In Millimeters): 100
  • Flex: 100
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $650 (BUY NOW)

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