All-Mountain Boots

The Best Men's All-Mountain Ski Boots

Perfectly snug boots, walk modes, rubber soles, and uncompromised performance in all conditions.

Like so many things in March and April of 2020, SKI was forced to cancel its annual boot test when our go-to test centers were shut down. In place of our usual boot testing process, we invited brands to submit their newest and most exciting entries, and the resulting coverage includes notes from our editors’ experiences whenever possible. Because the majority of these ski boots have brand-new technologies—and more than a few notable carry-over features from the prior season—there has never been a better time to go to a local shop or bootfitter and talk about which boots, fits, and features interest you. SKI recommends working with an expert to make an informed ski boot purchase that will fit your foot for years to come and improve your overall skiing experience.

What are All-Mountain Resort Boots?

For skiers who like to keep it in-bounds and downhill only, all-mountain resort boots fit the bill for solid performance with a comfortable fit. The models featured here offer new tech targeted to a specific volume, which we listed. Expect to see a lot of this new innovation trickle into the rest of each brand’s line in seasons to come.

What are All-Mountain Adventure Boots?

With walk-friendly soles, walk modes, and resort-level flex options, All-Mountain Adventure boots are made to go anywhere and everywhere, whether it’s down your favorite blue run, through the expert gates, or deep into the backcountry.


2021 Lange XT3 130 Ski Boot
The 2021 Lange XT3 130 All-Mountain Ski Boot.Photo courtesy of Lange
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Adventure Ski Boots
  • FLEXES (Men): 140, 130 (pictured above), 120, 100
  • LAST: 97mm (LV), 100mm (MV)
  • VOLUME: Low (LV), Medium (MV)
  • MSRP: $900 (XT3 130)

The XT3 is the first boot that comes incredibly close to delivering true alpine performance while in ski mode but remains comfortable and easy to hike with while in walk mode. Built with an innovative metal-on-metal V-lock that effectively eliminates any play in downhill mode, as well as Lange’s Dual-Core Light shell construction that provides a near-perfect feel, the XT3 is virtually flawless when descending on hard and soft snow alike. The brand is so confident in the design and downhill capabilities, it also offers a no-nonsense, low-volume Pro model of the boot with a rigid 140 flex rating. All of the models within the XT3 family feature a 53-degree range of motion in walk mode, removableGripWalk soles, and tech inserts, meaning the XT3 is no slouch when it comes to backcountry tours or just general comfort when walking from your car to the lift. Speaking of comfort, the heat-customizable liners provide a supple feel right out of the box (or right out of the oven during the fitting process) and include different density foams to maximize performance on the uphill and—most importantly—the down. Add in a slew of options when it comes to flex and volume choices, and this boot is likely to be your one-and-only go-to boot for laps off the lift, backcountry tours, and everything in between.

Atomic Hawx Prime XTD

2021 Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130 men's all mountain ski boot
The Atomic Hawx Prime XTD 130 all-mountain ski boot.Photo courtesy of Atomic
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Adventure
  • FLEXES: 130, 120
  • LAST: 100MM
  • VOLUME: Medium
  • PRICE: $975 (130)

Atomic has been putting out some incredible specific boots over the past few years, as well as solid specific all-mountain options. The brand’s combination of the two is found in the new Hawx Prime XTD. This boot hits all the right notes for the category, including trimming shell material thickness where it’s not needed—and, with it, weight—plus beefed-up spots where performance counts. With a 100-percent heat-moldable shell and Mimic liner, a stout walk/ski switch, and GripWalk soles with tech inserts, the Hawx Prime XTD can be made to fit just about any skier’s disposition and feet comfortably.

Salomon Shift Pro

2021 Salomon Shift Pro 130 men's all-mountain ski boot
The Salomon Shift Pro 130 all-mountain ski boot.Photo courtesy of Salomon
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Adventure
  • FLEXES (Men): 130 (pictured), 120, 100
  • LAST: 100 MM
  • VOLUME: Medium
  • PRICE: $975 (130)

Salomon’s revolutionary CoreFrame system finally found its way into backcountry capable boots, and we’re stoked. These shell additions—which cradle the foot and back of the calf—place dense material where it’s needed most, improving feel and performance while allowing for weight reductions throughout the rest of the boot. The result is one of the lightest options in the category. With a simple-yet-proven walk mode mechanism, heat-moldable liner and shell, and super easy customization features, the Shift Pro is yet another great boot from Salomon that appeals to resort and backcountry skiers alike.

Tecnica Mach1 MV

2021 Tecnica Mach1 MV Men's All-Mountain Ski Boot
The 2021 Tecnica Mach1 MV Men’s All-Mountain Ski BootPhoto courtesy of Tecnica
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Resort
  • FLEXES: 140, 130, 120, 110
  • LAST: 100MM
  • PRICE: $900 (130)

Tecnica took inspiration from the construction of its backcountry ski boots to invent a long, rigid, carbon lever arm—called the T-Drive— that connects the upper cuff of the Mach1 MV to the lower shell. It noticeably increases lateral energy transfer when getting a ski on edge and enables the boot’s other construction features, such as the asymmetrical use of softer and harder plastics in the shell, to function better. Expect the T-Drive to land in other Tecnica boots in future seasons.

Fischer RC4 The Curv GT

2021 Fischer RC4 The Curv GT 130 all mountain ski boot
The 2021 Fischer RC4 The Curv GT 130 all-mountain ski bootPhoto courtesy of Fischer
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Resort
  • FLEXES (MENS): 130 (pictured), 120, 110
  • LAST: 96MM
  • PRICE: $800 (130)

Taking note of last year’s race-ready Best in Test RC4 Podium GT, Fischer put a whole slew of easy-to-modify tech in a low-volume boot for recreational skiers. The RC4 The Curv GT line is a dream for hard-to-fit feet and bootfitters alike, with Velcro-attachable pads around the ankle, a removable tongue, and a Vacuum-fit shell system. Add in GripWalk soles, reduced weight, and great on-hill performance, and this is a complete all-mountain package.

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Full Tilt First Chair 130

The 2021 Full Tilt First Chair 130 all-mountain ski boot
The 2021 Full Tilt First Chair 130 all-mountain ski boot.Photo courtesy of Full Tilt
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Resort
  • LAST: 99MM
  • PRICE: $850

This season, the brand that keeps the soul of three-piece ski boots alive swapped its single-number flex rating for standard flex indicators. Full Tilt also released a true 130-flex tongue—built using a proprietary combination of TPU and Grilamid—in the First Chair 130. In combination with a new Intuition liner, GripWalk soles, and that incomparable feel that only Full Tilt boots provide, the First Chair 130 gives cause for anyone who thinks FT only builds “soft” boots to reconsider.

Roxa R/Fit I.R.

The 2021 Roxa R/Fit I.R. 130 all-mountain ski boot
The 2021 Roxa R/Fit I.R. 130 all-mountain ski boot.Photo courtesy of Roxa
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Resort
  • FLEXES: 130 (pictured), 120
  • LAST: 102MM
  • PRICE: $750 (130)

The Roxa R/Fit I.R. turns the notion that wide boots are clunky and heavy on its head. These lightweight, high-volume beauties use injected Grilamid in key locations of the otherwise PU shell, which cuts weight without diminishing performance. With a wide 102mm last, the boots will need minimal fit modification for most, but can be heat-molded for more volume if needed. With easy entry and GripWalk, the R/Fit I.R. boots hold their own in both the comfort and performance departments.

K2 Recon Pro

The 2021 K2 Recon Pro men's all-mountain ski boot
The 2021 K2 Recon Pro men’s all-mountain ski bootPhoto courtesy of K2
  • CATEGORY: All-Mountain Resort
  • FLEX: 140
  • LAST: 98MM
  • PRICE: $700

K2 took the original Recon design and injected more stiffness via a new liner, pebax cuff, and removable power plate to create the Recon Pro. The Pro model keeps all of the features that make the Recon line great: 100-percent heat-moldable shell and liner, a terrific weight-to-performance ratio, bootfitter-friendly adjustment features, and super-easy entry and exit.

The Best All-Mountain Adventure Ski Boots of 2020 for Men

All-mountain ski boots are exactly that: Boots that work all over the mountain. For the 2019/2020 ski season, the focus was on boots that are primarily adventure-oriented, with medium-width lasts and walk modes. SKI tested this category based out of The Lifthouse Ski Shop, located at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The shop used pro-team of testers, many of whom also test skis for us. Special thanks to Snowbird for the on-hill portion of the testing.

BEST IN TEST: 2020 Head Kore

2020 Head Kore 1
The 2020 Head Kore 1.

Head’s improved Smart Frame technology adds more material to the lower shell to increase downhill performance with minimal weight gains. Throw in GripWalk, LiquidFit customization, and a simple-yet-effective walk mode, and the Kore can rule the mountain within resort boundaries and beyond. According to one tester, “Very responsive and stiff, I would ski this anywhere.” 

2020 Head Kore Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 130 (Kore 1), 120 (Kore 2)
  • LAST: 100MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #1
  • HEAD KORE 1 MSRP: $900 [BUY NOW]

BEST VALUE: 2020 Fischer Ranger Free

2020 Fischer Ranger Free
The 2020 Fischer Ranger Free

With an innovative walk mode mechanism activated just below the top buckle, the Ranger Free’s 100 percent grilamid shell handles ups and après with 55 degrees of comfortable movement, yet crushes the downhill with strong lateral stiffness. When driven forward, they can handle any ski. “A secure overall fit and great edging capabilities.”

2020 Fischer Ranger Free Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 130, 120, 100
  • LAST: 99MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #2
  • RANGER FREE 130 MSRP: $800 [BUY NOW]

2020 Nordica Strider

2020 Nordica Strider
The 2020 Nordica Strider 130 Pro DYN.

The Strider’s cuff integrates grilamid in key locations to shave grams, and the brand’s superior 3D cork liner is modified to allow for more comfort in walk mode. Testers were unanimous about the Strider’s great downhill performance but noted it feels roomy compared to the rest of the category. “Smooth and muffled, a bit wide.”

2020 Nordica Strider Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 130, 120
  • LAST: 100MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #3

2020 Tecnica Cochise

2020 Tecnica Cochise
The orange 2020 Tecnica Cochise 130.

Featuring what one tester called “the truest 130 flex in the test,” the Cochise was able to take on any snow condition on any ski. Thanks to Tecnica’s proprietary C.A.S. fitting system, this boot can handle modifications for big feet with ease. But all that downhill performance comes at a cost as testers dinged its heavy feel. “High performance with great flex characteristics.” 

2020 Tecnica Cochise Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 130, 120, 110
  • LAST: 99MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #4

2020 K2 Mindbender

2020 K2 Mindbender
The 2020 K2 Mindbender 130.

K2 uses a 100 percent heat-moldable lightweight shell with a beefy walk mode contraption to allow for 50 degrees of range of motion. Testers with narrower heels thought the Mindbender was a little sloppy while skiing, but those that fit in the boot out of the box loved it to bits. “Solid hike mechanism and laterally stiff enough to drive anything.”

2020 K2 Mindbender Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 130, 120, 100
  • LAST: 98MM, 100MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #5
  • K2 MINDBENDER 130 MSRP: $850 [BUY NOW]

2020 Lange XT Free

2020 Lange XT Free
The 2020 Lange XT Free 130.

Testers found the XT Free to be responsive and laterally compliant while skiing in variable terrain at Snowbird. With a number of last and volume options, it can also fit a wide variety of feet. But testers found the 130 flex to be softer than advertised compared to other boots in this category. “Good trade-off of comfort and performance for a stiff boot.”

2020 Lange XT Free Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 140, 130, 120, 100
  • LAST: 97MM (140), 100MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #6

2020 Rossignol AllTrack Pro

2020 Rossignol AllTrack Pro
The 2020 Rossignol AllTrack Pro 130.

Rossi borrowed sister company Lange’s Dual Core technology and combined it with its proprietary Generative Design Grid to increase downhill performance with minimal weight additions. The AllTrack impressed testers with both comfort and ability, but the fit runs large. “Very comfortable, great for someone who puts in long days in ski boots.” 

2020 Rossignol AllTrack Pro Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 130, 120, 100
  • LAST: 100MM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #7

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.

2019’s Best All-Mountain Ski Boots

BEST IN TEST and BEST VALUE: 2019 K2 Recon 130 MV

K2 Recon 130 Ski Boot Reviewed
The 2018/2019 K2 Recon 130 MVPhoto courtesy of K2

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.” 

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

2019 Nordica Speedmachine 130

Nordica Speedmachine 130 Boot Review
The 2018/2019 Nordica Speedmachine 130.Photo courtesy of Nordica

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.” 

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

2019 Lange RX 130

Lange RX 130 Ski boot review 2019
The 2018/2019 Lang RX 130Photo courtesy of Lange

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.” 

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

2019 Atomic Hawx Prime 130S

Atomic Hawx Prime 130S Ski boot Review 2019
The 2018/2019 Atomic Hawx Prime 130S.Photo courtesy of Atomic

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!” 

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

2019 Tecnica Mach1 HV 130

Tecnica Mach1 HV 130 2019 ski boot review
The 2018/2019 Tecnica Mach1 HV 130.Photo courtesy of Tecnica

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.” 

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

2019 Head Nexo LYT 130 G

Head Nexo LYT 130 G 2019 ski boot review
The 2018/2019 Head Nexo LYT 130 G.Photo courtesy of Head

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.” 

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

2019 Salomon X PRO 130

Salomon X PRO 130 2019 ski boot review
The 2018/2019 Salomon X PRO 130.Photo courtesy of Salomon

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.” 

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

2019 Dalbello Lupo AX 120

Dalbello Lupo AX 120 Ski Boot Review
The 2018/2019 Dalbello Lupo AX 120.Photo courtesy of Dalbello

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.” 

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

2019 Full Tilt Ascendant

Full Tilt Ascendant 2019 Ski boot review
The 2018/2019 Full Tilt Ascendant.Photo courtesy of Full Tilt

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.” 

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

2019 Fischer Ranger Free 130

Fischer Ranger Free 130 2019 Ski boot review
The 2018/2019 Fischer Ranger Free 130.Photo courtesy of Fischer

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.” 

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

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