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Mens Alpine Boots

With the help of bootfitting pros at Masterfit University, we tested boots from 18 manufacturers and picked our favorites from each brand.

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  MSRP: $750.00  Last Width: 100 mm  Flex: 130The RX 130 embodies what savvy testers and bootfitters want in an expert-level, medium-fit boot:…

MSRP: $750.00

Last Width: 100 mm

Flex: 130

The RX 130 embodies what savvy testers and bootfitters want in an expert-level, medium-fit boot: functional and comfortable stance geometry, anatomical shell and liner shape, even and progressive flex feel, contoured instep fit, worthwhile all-mountain application tweaks like a rubberized boot board, grippy toe and heel plates, and simple bombproof gizmos like a Cam-lok power strap (even if its end frays too easily). Testers couldn’t say enough about how well this boot skied, handling whatever was thrown at it. “Runs hot, but it’s not all-or-nothing. Allows modulation of input.” Notes: Polyether lower and polyurethane upper maximize strength and dampness, along with a rubberized bootboard and Ultra grip replaceable soles for impact mitigation. 40 mm CamLock power strap, upper cuff adjustment and rear spoiler on a Control Fit liner comprise the basic features package.


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  MSRP: $549.00  Last Width: 101 mm  Flex: 1204Dry Elite liner is new for this year and integrates breathable technology from Nordic line for a…

MSRP: $549.00

Last Width: 101 mm

Flex: 120

4Dry Elite liner is new for this year and integrates breathable technology from Nordic line for a warmer, more comfortable fit. Polyurethane shell with flex adjustment, cuff adjustment and height adjustable rear spoiler round out the features on this year’s improved Thor line-up.

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  MSRP: $879.00  Last Width: 98 mm  Flex: 130The Redster has a unique shell story—carbon-fiber strands co-injected with molten polyurethane into key…

MSRP: $879.00

Last Width: 98 mm

Flex: 130

The Redster has a unique shell story—carbon-fiber strands co-injected with molten polyurethane into key power-transmission zones of the lower boot and the spine, with a grooved sole designed to flex slightly. That makes for a powerful but light boot with a balanced and sensitive feel, testers said. Its fit is tailored to an aggressive, technical skier whose foot has always been too wide for narrow performance boots. “Great contact and feel.” Notes: Carbon fiber shards are co-injected into the polyurethane shell at key power areas but the new “kerfed” boot sole profile allows for underfoot flex and better snow feel. Flex Chassis bootboards (3 stiffnesses: stiff, medim, soft) allow for customized snow feel.

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  MSRP: $575.00  Last Width: 103 mm  Flex: 110It’s a testament to the Boss’s excellent management skills that it’s able to blend convenience,…

MSRP: $575.00

Last Width: 103 mm

Flex: 110

It’s a testament to the Boss’s excellent management skills that it’s able to blend convenience, comfort, and power and get it all done on a tight budget. Its flex adjustment functions well, providing long and soft travel or upright/firm performance that our testers said punched above its weight class. Many called it their favorite three-piece hybrid design, citing its ease of entry and exit and its sufficiency of lateral juice to hold its own across the snow and terrain spectrum. “An agile arc machine.” Notes: Three-piece cabrio hybrid combines slick look and snappy feel of polyether shell construction with a load of amenities like forward lean, flex and cuff adjustments for a value and performance blend.

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  MSRP: $900.00  Last Width: 98 mm  Flex: 130A shell-shape makeover brings this three-piece design closer to the standout performance of Dalbello’s…

MSRP: $900.00

Last Width: 98 mm

Flex: 130

A shell-shape makeover brings this three-piece design closer to the standout performance of Dalbello’s overlap Scorpion. With a more precise fit and better on-snow accuracy than previous Kryptons’, it gains some race-boot performance without sacrificing its off-piste heritage. A lower ramp angle and more upright cuff allow for a more athletic starting position. And it comes with two flex tongues and two boot boards, stiff and medium, so skiers can tweak it. “Balanced and natural feeling.” Notes: New three-piece cabrio construction implements Contour4 fit shaping in the bi-injected polyurethane shell for a better, closer match with the foot. The Dynalink middle buckle strap aids in heel retention, and all models boast Dynamic Personalization options for tweaking flex, forward lean and lateral cuff angle. Solid sole construction beefs power here and the kit comes with interchangeable bootboards (2) and tongues (2).

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  MSRP: $850.00  Last Width: 93-103mm  Flex: 130Fischer’s Vacu-Plast softens easily when heated, and its Vacuum process compresses shell and liner…

MSRP: $850.00

Last Width: 93-103mm

Flex: 130

Fischer’s Vacu-Plast softens easily when heated, and its Vacuum process compresses shell and liner snugly around the foot, precisely customizing both the fit and the stance of the 130 and other Vacuum boots. The performance benefit was unmistakable. The 130 was light and responsive, shockingly quick and surprisingly strong on snow. And the process is repeatable: We cycled several testers through a single test model. “Vacuum does not suck! Change factor is impressive.” Notes: In addition to Vacuum properties the boot’s simple set-up offers “Racing Canting” upper cuff adjustment shims for a solid lateral connection between upper and lower, replaceable toe and heel plates, and the HIPE (high insulation polyethylene) liner with pull loops at rear and tongue.

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  MSRP: $730.00  Last Width: 99 mm  Flex: 6 flex / 7 ribsThe TW was a surprise hit. New roominess in both shell and liner provides more comfort and a…

MSRP: $730.00

Last Width: 99 mm

Flex: 6 flex / 7 ribs

The TW was a surprise hit. New roominess in both shell and liner provides more comfort and a better balance while improving snow feel. It’s not the stoutest flex and seems a bit vague fore-aft for freeskiing, but for its target application – park and pipe – testers said it’s right on.

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  MSRP: $800.00  Last Width: 98 mm  Flex: 140/130/120Some experts still crave a boot that fits the way a ski boot should: tight. Despite its…

MSRP: $800.00

Last Width: 98 mm

Flex: 140/130/120

Some experts still crave a boot that fits the way a ski boot should: tight. Despite its frontside inclination to crush everything into smooth-surface submission, the RS 130 is surprisingly agile through all manner of terrain and snow conditions. Almost every tester put it in the top three for performance, and its comfort scores were surprisingly good. It fits old-school short but with enough room in the toe box for all the piggies. “Surprisingly tight and comfortable. Exceptional power and snow feel.” Notes: Frontside power is fueled by polyurethane, solid sole, four-buckle overlap construction. Flex can be left at 120 or pinned to 130 or 140 flex index and dual cuff adjustment allows for maximal lateral shaft alignment. Firm Performance Pro liner and Double Power Booster Velcro strap complete the closure package, uilizes twisty Spine Flex buckles.


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  MSRP: $750.00  Last Width: 101 mm  Flex: 120/110It’s hard not to like a boot that greets you with sharp looks, is easy to get on, and fits as well…

MSRP: $750.00

Last Width: 101 mm

Flex: 120/110

It’s hard not to like a boot that greets you with sharp looks, is easy to get on, and fits as well out of the box as anything ever delivered to a ski shop. Soft liner material envelops the entire foot, but a firm and anatomically correct ankle/heel pocket reminds you this is a performance boot that’s built to ski. It skied with a ready personality everywhere, and with such comfort that whatever smidge of power it lacked at its top end wasn’t really missed. “Good stability and balance, with uncanny ability to autocorrect. It made me ski better.” Notes: Easy entry tri-injection shell (polyurethane) blends convenience and power with a variety of features: Spine Tech buckles with Double Power levers on upper, Double Power Booster Velcro strap, dual cuff adjustment and Velcro spoiler.


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  MSRP: $935.00  Last Width: 100 mm  Flex: 125Several elements combined to boost Fire Arrow’s comfort and performance scores in its second year. It’s…

MSRP: $935.00

Last Width: 100 mm

Flex: 125

Several elements combined to boost Fire Arrow’s comfort and performance scores in its second year. It’s softer-flexing now, and the liner has been redesigned with more contouring and cushioning at the shin. It still commands the edge powerfully, but rather than clubbing turns to death it has a more friendly, playful feel. Testers utilized the flex adjustment for both settings now, to noticeable effect. “Very centered—good for two-footed skiing.” Notes: EDT carbon fiber core bootboard enhances this hybrid three piece’s power to the edge. The 45-degree middle buckle boosts heel retention and skier-centric adjustments (flex, dual cuff, rear spoiler) provide stance and flex feel allowances.


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  MSRP: $875.00  Last Width: 98 mm  Flex: 130At key power-transmission points, the Patron’s shell is about as close as it can be to the foot,…

MSRP: $875.00

Last Width: 98 mm

Flex: 130

At key power-transmission points, the Patron’s shell is about as close as it can be to the foot, hardwiring skier to ski. It fits extra-close in the middle of the foot yet retains some wiggle room in a relatively open toe box. Testers liked the instep and midfoot fit, familiar as it was (with a touch higher ceiling) to old Dobie Pro fans. They also loved the fat power strap and the damp, crud-killing feel of the rubberized and heel-cushioned boot board. “Bare-bones, big-mountain race boot.” Notes: Newly modified Dobermann last offers more room over the instep and midfoot by dropping the elevation of the EDT bootboard, which is also revised to maximize edge power transmission but without previous weight or arch contour. Dual cuff adjustment.


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  MSRP: $500.00  Last Width: 104 mm  Flex: 110One tester called it the Airbus A380 of ski boots, but it was unanimously voted the best-skiing boot of…

MSRP: $500.00

Last Width: 104 mm

Flex: 110

One tester called it the Airbus A380 of ski boots, but it was unanimously voted the best-skiing boot of the bucket brigade. The keys here are simplicity and smart design—good stance angles (though a bit upright for skinny-calf guys), tough-enough 110 flex, lateral strength from boot board through cuff, and a fit shape made for big guys. The flex is even and progressive, testers said, with no shin bite or inconsistency. “Despite the large living room, it skied well. Good edge power.” Notes: Neutral stance angles and polyether shell construction combine for balanced and powerful skiing without sacrificing comfort–easier entry with new notched shell construction and cushy-but-not-mushy liner layup.


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  MSRP: $650.00  Last Width: 100 mm  Flex: 110With ankle and heel pockets more deeply sculpted in both the shell and liner this season, the Pursuit…

MSRP: $650.00

Last Width: 100 mm

Flex: 110

With ankle and heel pockets more deeply sculpted in both the shell and liner this season, the Pursuit has a better-distributed fit and more accurate feel on edge. Meanwhile, new upper shell and liner tongue constructions provide an improved, even flex feel that doesn’t crumble under even the most serious pounding. Testers had to question the 110 flex rating, as the Pursuit held up to aggressive skiing as well as boots that were supposedly much stiffer. Bonus horsepower in a well-priced boot. “Very clean feel. Liner and shell gibed nicely.” Notes: New Sensor3 shell and liner constructions create more anatomical space for the ankle and heel and produce a more comfortable and even-flexing feel on the shin. New notches in the shell overlap improve entry and exit and the hour-glass shaped bootboard allows the medial and lateral sides of the forefoot to engage the floor of the boot directly for immediate edge feel.


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  MSRP: $750.00  Last Width: 98-104 mm  Flex: 120Drop down a full size from your normal ski shell if you care for optimal results. The X Max fits…

MSRP: $750.00

Last Width: 98-104 mm

Flex: 120

Drop down a full size from your normal ski shell if you care for optimal results. The X Max fits wider and longer than most other “narrow” models, thanks to a revised mold shape that allows the heel to sit deeper in a better-contoured packet. That creates an ultraquick, highly responsive sweet spot for effortless transitions between turns.


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  MSRP: $999.00  Last Width: 98 mm  Flex: 130A perennial favorite, the Inferno 130 has race-level power in a just-relaxed-enough fit for all-day…

MSRP: $999.00

Last Width: 98 mm

Flex: 130

A perennial favorite, the Inferno 130 has race-level power in a just-relaxed-enough fit for all-day ripping in any terrain or snow. The shell fits as close to the foot as any, and the thin, feely liner keeps the skier in direct communication with the sliding surface. Testers said the stance angles are spot-on. It’s tall enough sans spoiler for six-footers who favor a straighter leg angle, but it’s forward-leaning enough with the Velcro unit installed for guys who like a more aggressive starting position. “Perfect!” Notes: Power Chassis carbon steel frame makes the boot sole rigid for transmission of power and the i-Rebound cuff anchor provides beefy fore-aft support. Dual cuff adjustment, removable Velcro spoilers and removable anchor flex adjustment provides for athlete customization. Power Lock cam-buckle style 45 mm power strap snugs fit at boot top.


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