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  MSRP: $579.00  Last Width: 100 mm  Flex: 100The Hawx 100 W returns unchanged and claimed tester accolades for convenience (easy on and off),…

MSRP: $579.00

Last Width: 100 mm

Flex: 100

The Hawx 100 W returns unchanged and claimed tester accolades for convenience (easy on and off), comfort (“all day”), balance (dialed front to back and side to side) and performance (unshakable everywhere). Testers said the boot has a relaxed, upright stance and a long flex that promotes a smooth arc underfoot. It’s active and agile and makes it easy to find balance and power through variable junk snow or on groomers. “Secure around the heel, lots of control, very comfortable.” Notes: Super comfy ASY Pro T2 liner with insulative Clima Foam connects with the roomy lower boot and its flexible iFlex zones for a predictable and trouble-free all-mountain ride. Replaceable toe and heel plates, a 35 mm power strap and heater battery mount round out convenience features.

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  MSRP: $750.00  Last Width: 99 mm  Flex: 95The best boots in the Medium Fit class should have most of the edge power and quickness of Narrow Fit…

MSRP: $750.00

Last Width: 99 mm

Flex: 95

The best boots in the Medium Fit class should have most of the edge power and quickness of Narrow Fit boots together with the fit and creature comforts demanded by everyday skiers who just want to have fun (and warm toes). The Dalbello delivers. Its 95 flex rating is understated—it packs plenty of power to maintain a stable stance through difficult patches and at high speeds. “Not afraid to drop the hammer. Strong, stable, grinds through anything.” Notes: The polyurethane cuff combines with tri-injection polyether construction in the lower (3D Power Frame Architecture) to enable easy entry and exit, Contour4 fit shape wrapping and solid edge power. All Viper and Mantis boots share the same all-mountain stance geometry (Center-Balance Stance). 45 mm power straps, cuff adjustment, and Low Contour Profile Cuff Geometry (girl-cuff) on all Mantis models.

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  MSRP: $700.00  Last Width: 93-103 mm  Flex: 110This year’s test of the new Vacuum Trinity 110 was the perfect proving ground for Fischer’s claims…

MSRP: $700.00

Last Width: 93-103 mm

Flex: 110

This year’s test of the new Vacuum Trinity 110 was the perfect proving ground for Fischer’s claims that its proprietary process permits shell adaptation to a skier’s desired stance angles: fore/aft, lateral, and torsional. Well, the morph magic works. After the molding, every tester reported the boot was well balanced for her stance and style of skiing. And with a perfect fit. While solid enough, it was quickness and accuracy that sealed the deal for testers—a top pick. “Snug, comfortable, quick, and confidence-inspiring.” Notes: In addition to Vacuum properties the boot’s simple set-up offers “Racing Canting” upper cuff adjustment shims for a solid lateral connection between upper and lower, replaceable toe and heel plates, and the HIPE (high insulation polyethylene) liner with pull loops at rear and tongue.

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  MSRP: $660.00  Last Width: 99 mm  Flex: 6 flex / 7 ribsThe Soul Sister hugs the heel and grips the instep with a comfortable but firm grasp that…

MSRP: $660.00

Last Width: 99 mm

Flex: 6 flex / 7 ribs

The Soul Sister hugs the heel and grips the instep with a comfortable but firm grasp that instantly put testers in touch with ski and snow. It inspired confidence with fast, predictable responsiveness edge to edge. Testers felt there was plenty of rearward support, but some thought Full Tilt’s No. 6 flex tongue didn’t provide enough forward support for hard-charging, bigger girls. (There’s a stiffer No. 8 tongue available aftermarket.) “Good feel for the snow. It puts you in balance.” Test: New women’s specific upper cuff teams with Original shell shape offers a snug fit in the toebox and solid sole construction partners with a #6 tongue for immediate ski feedback. Intuition spiral-wrap 7 mm high density Pro liner offers a full-custom fit option. Active Bootboard is rubberized for shock absorption and vibration dampening.

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  MSRP: $525.00  Last Width: 102/104 mm  Flex: 80 / 90“Clouds,” “down slippers,” “mink coats”: all words used by testers to describe this cush queen.…

MSRP: $525.00

Last Width: 102/104 mm

Flex: 80 / 90

“Clouds,” “down slippers,” “mink coats”: all words used by testers to describe this cush queen. But does it ski? The Mya is unapologetically designed for women who’d rather work up a sweat with a hot-stone massage than rock scrambling. But it held its own on the hill with an easy and upright stance from which to initiate turns and a predictable roll onto edge. “Love the bright colors and the easy-close levers on the top buckles.” Notes: Adaptive Fit technology lets users choose between two last widths by turning an adjustment screw in the sole. Tri-injection frame, four-buckle construction maintains a stable on-snow attitude and features like a flex adjustment, Spine Tech buckles and 40 mm power strap bump the convenient closure factor.

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  MSRP: $700.00  Last Width: 97 mm  Flex: 120The RS was a clear favorite. Testers loved the fit—tight everywhere, but with merciful allowances in all…

MSRP: $700.00

Last Width: 97 mm

Flex: 120

The RS was a clear favorite. Testers loved the fit—tight everywhere, but with merciful allowances in all the critical fit zones (toes, forefoot, instep, and calf). And most agreed the stance was perfect, fore-aft and laterally, with a few dissidents wanting more heel lift. It skied everywhere and everything with benchmark power and balance, which is probably why it went out for more test runs than any other boot. “Upright, centered stance enables you to adjust as needed on variable terrain.” Notes: A short cuff option on the solid sole, mono-injected polyurethane shell delivers max edge power with Natural Stance modern ramp and lean geometry–straightforward extras like cuff adjustment, 40 mm power strap and double liner pull loops complete the no-mess package.

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  MSRP: $700.00  Last Width: 102 mm  Flex: 100Testers liked how this new three-piece cabrio design allowed the foot to slide in easily with a tug on…

MSRP: $700.00

Last Width: 102 mm

Flex: 100

Testers liked how this new three-piece cabrio design allowed the foot to slide in easily with a tug on the liner tongue loop, and how the middle buckle, mounted at 45 degrees, pulled the heel back into the pocket where it belonged. Lateral quickness and edge power are tops in the category. And the slightly longer flex travel, which starts from a relaxed and tall position, provides smooth pressure control. “Secured the heel better than many others. Good snow feel, quick to edge.” Notes: Lower upper cuff hinge location increases dampening and margin for error and 45-degree middle buckle enhances heel hold. The Adjustable Cuff Profile allows for increased calf room and dual cuff adjustment helps dial lateral stance balance.

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  MSRP: $600.00  Last Width: 100 mm  Flex: 100The flared cuff shape and overall boot-top cushiness of the Electra 100 earned it charter membership in…

MSRP: $600.00

Last Width: 100 mm

Flex: 100

The flared cuff shape and overall boot-top cushiness of the Electra 100 earned it charter membership in the Crud Killing Comfy Calf Club. Testers agreed that it ran long in the toe box and tall at the instep while offering a firm connection at the ankle—a very likable fit formula. The stance geometry was bull’s-eye centered, yielding confidence everywhere on the hill. “A power puff. Excellent support and intuitive stability with snow-bunny appeal.” Notes: New Sensor3 shell and liner constructions create more anatomical space for the ankle and heel and produce a more comfortable and even-flexing feel on the shin. New notches in the shell overlap improve entry and exit and the hour-glass shaped bootboard allows the medial and lateral sides of the forefoot to engage the floor of the boot directly for immediate edge feel.

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  MSRP: $625.00  Last Width: 100 mm  Flex: 100If a comfort-driven blend of frontside trail cruising and functional sidecountry access is what you…

MSRP: $625.00

Last Width: 100 mm

Flex: 100

If a comfort-driven blend of frontside trail cruising and functional sidecountry access is what you seek, your quest ends here. The 100 W’s performance scores were middle-of-the-pack, but for comfort it’s queen of the hill. The fit is relaxed and forgiving but still snug enough in the heel. The flex is cushioned, long-ranging, and a bit softer than its 100 rating suggests. The cuff is also lower than most, making this Salomon a prime choice for short leg shafts and thick calves. “Not ferocious, but reliably loyal and friendly.” Notes: Backbone Release touring mechanism frees the upper cuff for touring and three-buckle (with fat 50 mm power strap) overlap shell construction maintains strength for descent. Toe and heel “pads” are DIN standard but touring pads are available.

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  MSRP: $600.00  Last Width: 100 mm  Flex: 100The tour-ready Cochise rolled up strong comfort and convenience marks. Testers loved the single,…

MSRP: $600.00

Last Width: 100 mm

Flex: 100

The tour-ready Cochise rolled up strong comfort and convenience marks. Testers loved the single, oversize cuff buckle. The women-specific liner’s neoprene toe box gave way for ample up-front fit. The slick Lycra that drapes the liner’s cuff—combined with the shell’s releasable cuff and flexible instep flange—makes this one of the easiest in the category to get into and out of. The walk/tour mode was a tester favorite, with great range of motion and a natural-feeling stride. “Comfortable foot position, balanced stance, good range of travel in tour mode.” Notes: Free Mountain line-up offers touring mode with simple pull-loop actuation, convenient three-buckle overlap closure with bomber-solid i-Rebound cuff design and cuff adjustment throughout. DIN soles come standard but Tech-compatible soles are available.

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