Rating: / 5
The medium-width, fixed-cuff, 120-flex category has captured the hearts, minds, and feet of today's strong male skiers. It's the hot category. The good ones slip on like wide-fit boots but ski like narrows. They are warm and cushy enough for weekend Joes, yet they don't pack out so quickly that they fail the 150-day-a-year pro patroller. This one is pack leader. Testers said it was easy to put on, yet somehow remained race-boot-strong on edge. It has a cushy, draping, dreamy initial fit that somehow still manages to contain the foot's movements effectively. It sits comfortably on auto-pilot when you're arc-to-arc cruising but easily ramps up to warp speed and turns on a dime. Testers liked the huge bandwidth that seemed to suit everybody equally well. Some of the strong skiability scores stem from the ribbed Sensor Blade rear-spine construction-a surprisingly simple way to increase torsional rigidity while reducing weight. The pre-molded ankle pockets on the liner incorporate highly moldable EVA foam inserts to conform precisely to the inside and outside anklebones. The quilted look of the ankle pocket disappears once the liner has been warmed up and worn for five minutes.