Rating: / 5
Our testers have liked this model a lot in the past and this year it finished as their overall favorite in the test. That's against some stiff competition. A new, more anatomically shaped liner was soundly applauded by our testers. The pre-contoured liner made for a sweet ankle and heel pocket fit, and the flex feel of the overall package made for a snappy flex with long travel. It has broad foot type compatibility and can accommodate so many different foot shapes through its shape-shifting Custom Shell 360 process. The Custom Shell results were consistent and virtually all positive: the lower shell and upper cuff transformed noticeably to better match the foot and leg shape of our testers. That gave them a better balanced stance and bumped up performance scores. The only tester that didn't bump up her marks after molding was one with very low volume feet. She said the boot felt slightly roomier after molding and she preferred the stock fit. She gave it perfect scores when skied stock. That leads us to suggest that women with low volume feet consider skiing the boot stock before undertaking the custom molding process-it's damn good right out of the box.