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Gear of the Year 2019: Boots

These are the ski boots that deserve a close-up for elevating the standard this season.

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Salomon S/MAX 130 Carbon

Category: Men’s High Performance Alpine

The iconic French ski brand is slowly allowing some of its forward-thinkingEuropean race technology to trickle into North America, and this boot is an awesome start. The shell and liner are both heat-moldable to make fitting easy, but the stiff carbon insert in the lower shell snugly cradles the lower foot, virtually eliminating energy loss between the leg and the ski while making this boot lighter than most other race-performance options. If the S/MAX Carbon 130 is a bellwether, then we have more high-performance Salomon alpine products to look forward to in the coming years. [$975, BUY NOW]

Read the 2019 Gear Guide Review of the Salomon S/MAX 130 Carbon.

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Rossignol Pure Pro Heat

Category: Women’s All-Mountain Utility

Check out these boots with the fur. Seriously. Rossignol’s Pure Pro Heat strikes a perfect balance between performance and comfort that lady skiers will love. With an adjustable fl ex of 100 and a power wrap one-piece toe box with a 100mm-last that’s generous-yet-snug, this boot has the chops to handle any terrain you throw at it. A plush heated liner with merino wool insulation that can be adjusted to four different temperature settings via an integrated control panel means these boots will spoil your feet— in a good way. [$750, BUY NOW]

Read the 2019 Gear Guide Review of the Rossignol Pure Pro Heat.

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K2 Recon 130

Category: Men’s All-Mountain Utility

The fully heat-moldable, lightweight Recon is easy to custom fit and performs exceptionally well on the hill. The shell is built with four different durometers of plastic that keep the harder materials beneath the foot and in the power spine, but softer materials in places that accommodate easy entry and exit. It’s a breeze to get on during cold mornings, slips off as if it knows you need to get to après in a hurry, and handles every type of terrain like a champ. The Recon is a true step forward in K2’s boot offerings. [$750, K2skis.com]

Read the 2019 Gear Guide Review of the K2 Recon 130.

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Tecnica Cochise 105 W DYN

Category: Women’s All-Mountain Utility (with walk mode)

The one-quiver ski boot: such an innovation for those of us who used to schlep our downhill and AT boots on trips where we just weren’t sure what kind of adventures we’d be getting ourselves into. Thank heavens for the women’s Cochise 105 W DYN, a burlier freeride boot featuring tech inserts and a rubber sole, making it compatible with tech and alpine bindings so you can decide on the fly if you’ll be ripping the resort or trekking in the backcountry. This boot is sure to please wherever you take it. [$600, BUY NOW]

Read the 2019 Gear Guide Review of the Tecnica Cochise 105 W DYN.

Check out SKI Magazine’s Skis of the Year for 2019.