The 10 Best Men's All-Mountain Ski Boots

These ski boots are made for intermediate, advanced, and expert skiers to maximize time on the mountain.
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All-mountain ski boots are exactly that: Boots that work all over the mountain. For the 2018/2019 ski season, the focus was on boots that are primarily resort oriented, with medium-width lasts and relatively stiff flexes. SKI tested this category based in our offices in Boulder, Colo., consulting on a number of bootfitters throughout the state and using our pro-team of testers, many of whom also test skis for us. Special thanks to Eldora and Loveland Ski Areas for the on-hill portion of the testing.

BEST IN TEST and BEST VALUE: K2 Recon 130 MV

K2 Recon 130 Ski Boot Reviewed

The 2018/2019 K2 Recon 130 MV

A huge step forward from K2, the Recon has a lively energy on slope and is incredibly light, which nudges it just above the rest. The secret sauce is in the shell, which has four different durometers of polyurethane (PU) with the stiffest PU in the shell’s power spine and the chassis underfoot. Paired with a thermo-moldable liner, the Recon’s performance eked out just above the legacy boot brands. Said one tester: “Would be my daily driver, all day every day.” Read more about the K2 Recon 130 MV.

  • Last Width (In Millimeters): 100
  • Flex: 130
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $750

Nordica Speedmachine 130

Nordica Speedmachine 130 Boot Review

The 2018/2019 Nordica Speedmachine 130.

The Speedmachine impressed testers out of the box and on the hill with a snug ankle grip but fairly roomy forefoot area that accommodates most skiers. What really sets the Speedmachine apart is a high-performing 3D cork liner that transmits energy from the leg to the ski with nothing wasted. With exceptional performance, tons of adjustability and an infrared customizable shell, this boot is still at the top of its class. “Rock solid, capable, and inspiring.” Find out more info about the Nordica Speedmachine 130.

  • Last Width (In Millimeters): 100
  • Flex: 130
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $799 (BUY NOW)

Lange RX 130

Lange RX 130 Ski boot review 2019

The 2018/2019 Lang RX 130

If you think you don’t have a “Lange foot,” you’re wrong. The RX 130 eliminates stereotypes by being a complete package for advanced skiers with any type of foot. Offering two different volume options, this boot has a shell built on the same Dual Core technology as Lange’s high performance options but a more approachable neutral cuff alignment and fully customizable liner. “Strong edge-to-edge command over the ski.” Check out more info about the Lange RX 130 here.

  • Last Width (In Millimeters): 100
  • Flex: 130
  • Number of buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $850 (BUY NOW)

Atomic Hawx Prime 130S

Atomic Hawx Prime 130S Ski boot Review 2019

The 2018/2019 Atomic Hawx Prime 130S.

Atomic put its high performing technologies of the Hawx Ultra into the new medium-volume Hawx Prime. The Prime is lightweight and fits a variety of feet with a large instep and tulip-style cuff. The shell is fully adjustable and a 3M Thinsulate heat-moldable liner keeps toes cozy. Best suited for forward-stance skiers, the Hawx Prime rewards with a solid edge-to-edge responsiveness and energy transmission. “Atomic is on a roll!” See more about the Atomic Hawx Prime 130S here.

  • Last Width (in Millimeters): 100
  • Flex: 130
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $850 (BUY NOW)

Tecnica Mach1 HV 130

Tecnica Mach1 HV 130 2019 ski boot review

The 2018/2019 Tecnica Mach1 HV 130.

While some brands are making high-volume performance boots by simply increasing over- all volume, Tecnica is the only one modifying more than just the fit. The Mach1 HV 130 puts thicker plastic on the inside of the shell, which increases lateral power transmission and sensitivity with minimal weight additions. Testers appreciated the difference, as well as the customizable, adaptive shape liner. “Not a bucket, but a high-performance boot for big feet.” See more about the Tecnica Mach1 HV 130 here.

  • Last Width (in Millimeters): 100
  • Flex: 130
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $840 (BUY NOW)

Head Nexo LYT 130 G

Head Nexo LYT 130 G 2019 ski boot review

The 2018/2019 Head Nexo LYT 130 G.

New for 2018-19, Head started using the Nobel Prize-winning graphene in its Nexo LYT ski boots. The brand also introduced a Liquid Fit liner this season, which is a wax-like material injected into the ankle and heel pocket during the fitting process to give the boot a custom, snug fit around the ankle and lower leg. Testers loved the snappy performance of the lightweight shell and fully-fitted liner. Said one tester: “The precise fit enhances the performance.” Check out more info about the Head Nexo LYT 130 G ski boot here.

  • Last Width (in Millimeters): 100
  • Flex: 130
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $800

Salomon X PRO 130

Salomon X PRO 130 2019 ski boot review

The 2018/2019 Salomon X PRO 130.

The X PRO 130 surpassed expectations thanks to a great out-of-the-box fit, heat-moldable shell and liner, and a stout cuff and power strap that provided significantly better on-mountain performance. There was just a bit of concern about the amount of material in the liner that could lead to packing out over time, but Salomon’s anti-packing foam delivered comfort and performance throughout the test. “Strong performance and very confident.” Read more about the Salomon X PRO 130 here.

  • Last Width (in Millimeters): 100
  • Flex: 130
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $850 (BUY NOW)

Dalbello Lupo AX 120

Dalbello Lupo AX 120 Ski Boot Review

The 2018/2019 Dalbello Lupo AX 120.

The top-ranking cabrio boot this year was also the top-ranked boot with a hike mode. No other brand has the smooth flex chops combined with rock-solid edge control of three-piece shell construction quite like the Lupo series. Add in a GripWalk sole, hike mode, and tech inserts, and the Lupo AX 120 is likely to be a one- boot quiver for anyone who spends time at the resort and in the backcountry. Cabrio-loving testers were stoked: “Still the king of cabrio.” Check out more details for the Dalbello Lupo AX 120 here.

  • Last Width (In Millimeters) 100
  • Flex 120
  • Number Of Buckles 3
  • MSRP: $800 (BUY NOW)

Full Tilt Ascendant

Full Tilt Ascendant 2019 Ski boot review

The 2018/2019 Full Tilt Ascendant.

Hot on the heels of Dalbello, Full Tilt’s latest boot stands as a rival in the three-piece, hike mode, one-boot-quiver for alpine and backcountry category. Featuring a Grilamid shell and replaceable tongue that comes off for ski touring, the Ascendant garnered tester praise for its downhill capabilities. The Intuition Tour Pro liner is top of its class but begs to be heat molded. “Fantastic Flexon feel with perfect edge-to-edge lateral stiffness.” Find out more details for the Full Tilt Ascendant here.

  • Last Width (in Millimeters): 102
  • Flex: 120
  • Number Of Buckles: 3
  • MSRP: $900 (BUY NOW)

Fischer Ranger Free 130

Fischer Ranger Free 130 2019 Ski boot review

The 2018/2019 Fischer Ranger Free 130.

Those looking for a four-buckle overlap resort and backcountry do-it-all boot have a solid option in the Ranger Free. The Grilamid shell, GripWalk sole, and lightweight liner are industry standard, but what makes the Ranger Free unique is its innovative new walk mode switch located just under the top cuff buckle. Testers praised its downhill performance, voluminous fit, and uphill-friendly weight. “Great for touring and descending large lines without sacrifice.” Read more about the Fischer Ranger Free 130 here.

  • Last Width (In Millimeters) 99
  • Flex 130
  • Number Of Buckles 4
  • MSRP: $800 (BUY NOW)

Want to check out more ski boot reviews? Check out our ski boot landing page to find more all-mountain ski boots plus high performance alpine ski boots and comfort ski boots.

People also ask:

What should my ski boot flex be?

  • Ski boot flex is indicated by a number ranging from 50 (very soft) to 140 (very stiff). Lightweight, short and beginner skiers should start with softer flexes, while larger, taller and more aggressive skiers can use stiffer flexes. If in doubt, use a softer flex to prevent pain and practices better technique before using stiffer ski boots.

What is a ski boot last?

  • The last of a ski boot indicates the width of the boot in the forefoot area. Last is measured in millimeters (mm). It is best to get your foot measured to make a more accurate choice. People with narrower feet will want a narrower last, while those with wide feet will want a wider last. Boots with larger lasts tend to have more overall volume, while ski boots with narrower lasts will have less overall volume.

This article was originally published in the September 2018 print edition of SKI Magazine. It has been modified to accommodate hyperlinks.

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