Rating: / 5
The Shiva MX makes the short list for skiers who actually want to put the skins on and earn their turns. It's one of only a handful of boots in this category that really impressed testers with its hike mode range of motion and quality. The Shiva's unique cuff release design provides a huge fore-aft span that's rivaled by only one other boot in the category, the Scarpa Freedom SL Women's. A set of rockered, tech-compatible sole blocks are included; that helps make the Shiva MX a smart choice for backcountry minded skiers who still want an area-worthy ride. Testers said the Shiva provided a "commanding feel" when skis were set on edge. The soles are through-bolted with metal-to-metal interfaces into the shell's internal bootboard. That minimizes torsional distortion and energy transmission loss. Our testers attest that the connected underfoot feel is definitely more than marketing hype. The fully thermo-moldable liner is pre-shaped for out-of-the box convenience, but a few testers noted an overly snug toebox and an abrupt feeling at the top of the shin; both fit zones improved after a complete cook job.