Running a boot test is no small feat, but this year, thanks to an awesome team of testers, shops, and bootfitters, SKI was able to determine the best of the best for a variety of skiers Not unlike our Best in Test Skis for 2019, these boots represent the Best in Test selections, and all of the other boots that made it into the magazine were awarded as "Official Selections. But, please keep in mind that these awards do not mean these ski boots are perfect for everyone. These selections are more of a way to start a conversation with a professional boot fitter to make sure you get your feet into the right boot for this season and beyond.
Men's All-Mountain Utility: K2 Recon 130 MV
New for 2018/19, we've been keeping an eye on the Recon since it made it's debut at SKI's Product Intro Week in Vail last November. The hype was real, just like this boot's on-mountain performance. Add in crazy-easy boot fitting features, and it took the top spot in this critical category.
- MSRP: $750
- Read the full review of the K2 Recon 130 MV
- See all of the Men's All-Mountain Utility Ski Boot Official Selections
Women's All-Mountain Utility: Nordica Speedmachine 115 W
The Women's Speedmachine 115 W out-performed every other boot on the hill thanks to proven technology: rock-solid polyurethane shell construction, 3D Cork Fit liner, and a traditional design that works. For the lady testers, this boot was a clear winner, and the men's version, the Nordica Speedmachine 130, is a great option for the dudes as well.
- MSRP: $699
- Read more about the Nordica Speedmachine 115 W
- See all of the women's All-Mountain Utility Official Selections
Men's High Performance: Lange RS 130
While not new for 2019, Lange's DualCore shells are tried and true. When paired with the brand's World Cup Liner, a number of adjustability options, and a bomber power strap, the Lange RS 130 topped the charts over last year's winner, the Head Raptor 140 RS (pictured in the page's banner).
- MSRP: $850 (BUY NOW)
- Read the full Lange RS 130 ski boot review from the 2019 Gear Guide
- See all of the men's high performance ski boot Official Selections
Women's High Performance: Salomon X MAX 120 W
This ski boot for slender-footed ripping skier chicks has gained a following over the past few years, and rightfully so. The boot's snug fit and dominate on-hill performance is at the top of its class, or at least, that's exactly what testers thought. Add in a mellow color scheme that doesn't scream for attention, and it's easy to see why ripping skiers love this boot.
- MSRP: $800
- Read the full review of the Salomon X MAX 120 W ski boot
- See all of the women's high performance Official Selections
Men's Comfort: Nordica Sportmachine 110
Just because a boot is classified in the "comfort" category doesn't mean it can't ski well. This is best proven by the Nordica Sportmachine 110, a boot with a wide last but performance chops that keep it reliable and strong on the mountain. Nordica offers the same boot with a 130 flex as well, in case you feel the need for a bit more stiffness but the same last and overall performance.
- MSRP: $549 (BUY NOW)
- Read the full review of the Nordica Sportmachine 110
- See all of the Men's Comfort ski boot Official Selections
Women's Comfort: Lang SX 90 W
Lange is making a number of ski boots that work for more people than not, and the SX 90 W is a perfect example of that. The fit is on point for many feet with a 102mm last and heat moldable liner, but the on-hill performance is what testers appreciated the most, putting it on top of a competitive category.
- MSRP: $550
- Read the full review of the Lange SX 90 W ski boot
- See all of the Women's Comfort ski boot Official Selections
How We Test
For the second year in a row, we worked with boot-fitting specialists from across the country to recruit testers to weed out the best boots from the rest. We ranked boots using a combination of bootfitter expertise and knowledgeable on-hill performance feedback from testers. Boot tests take multiple days to complete, and for this, we are greatly indebted to the testers, bootfitters, and especially the Official Test Centers for their hard work. For more info about these boots and the brands, check out SKImag.com/boots.
Bootfitters: Max Ben-Hamoo, Tom Favro, Bob Gleason, Hal Karabots, Matt Schiller.
Testers: Dana Alexandrescu, Chris Allen, Ben Attridge, Tracy Beers, Jeff Butz, Colleen Callahan, Cam Chin, Tom Favro, Sara Filskov, Mary Flinn Ware, Ryan Fray, Bob Gleason, Stephanie Humes, Jon Jay, Katherine MacLauchlan, Greg Peruzzi, Andy Ragala, Stephen Sebestyen, Chris Slade, Michael Strachen, and Jenny Wiegand.