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The Best Men’s Comfort Ski Boots

There's no reason you can't have comfort and performance in a ski boot—these boots definitely have both.

 

Thanks to technological innovations that look toward the future (Bluetooth heaters) and the past (one buckle is all you really need), there is a select breed of ski boots that fits and performs so well, you might not want to take them off at the end of the day.

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Nordica HF Elite Heat

The 2021 Nordica HF Elite Heat Men's Comfort Ski boot
The 2021 Nordica HF Elite Heat Men’s Comfort Ski bootPhoto courtesy of Nordica
  • FLEXES: 110
  • LAST: 102MM
  • VOLUME: HIGH
  • PRICE: $900

Yes, this boot is strikingly reminiscent of rear entry boots, but it uses some very modern tech to provide comfort and performance. The HF Elite Heat has built-in THERM-IC heating elements in the liner that can be adjusted using a smartphone. That same liner uses Nordica’s proven 3D Custom Cork for superior skiing performance, as well as Infrared customization system to fit funky foot shapes. Plus, the rear buckle can be opened and closed using a ski pole or your other foot. No more bending over.

Rossignol AllSpeed Pro Heat

The 2021 Rossignol AllSpead Pro Heat Men's Comfort ski boot
The 2021 Rossignol AllSpead Pro Heat Men’s Comfort ski bootPhoto courtesy of Rossignol

With strong skiing capabilities and fancy toe warmers, Rossi’s Pro Heat models have quickly become the brand’s hottest items in the ski boot scene. The built-in THERM-IC heated liners can be controlled via Bluetooth with a smartphone. The simple four-buckle overlap shells have great on-hill performance and can hold their own all over the hill. These boots will keep your feet happy, warm, and in control no matter how low the temps drop.

Dalbello Panterra

The 2021 Dalbello Panterra 120 men's comfort ski boot
The 2021 Dalbello Panterra 120 men’s comfort ski bootPhoto courtesy of Dalbello
  • FLEXES (MENS): 130, 120, 100, 90
  • LAST: 100MM
  • VOLUME: HIGH
  • PRICE: $750 (120)

Sometimes a ski boot can surprise users with the right blend of comfort and capabilities on the ski hill. The Dalbello Panterra does exactly that: A well-engineered cabrio three-piece shell features reinforcements where they matter most for on-hill duties, plus a super comfortable, heat-moldable liner and walk-mode for when boots are on, but skis are not. A roomy toe box and a uniquely placed buckle keep the heel locked in place.

Best Men’s Comfort Ski Boots of 2020

If you’re looking for ski boots that can accommodate wide feet, are easy to get into, and still perform extremely well on the ski hill, these are the top boots for you. We worked with Northern Ski Works in Killington, Vt. to get these boots on the ski hill with a crew of professional testers and examined for ease of fitting in Northern Ski Work’s state-of-the-art bootfitting shop. These six boots were the top picks by both skiers and professional bootfitters. Special thanks to Killington Resort for hosting the on-hill portion of the test.

BEST IN TEST: 2020 Nordica SpeedMachine

2020 Nordica SpeedMachine  110
The 2020 Nordica SpeedMachine 110

With a narrower last than its wider brother, the SportMachine, the SpeedMachine impressed testers with noticeably awesome downhill abilities, out-performing the rest of the category at Killington, Vt. And while its medium volume will fit most feet, Nordica’s Infrared fitting technology can accommodate the rest. “A great tool to improve skills.”

2020 Nordica SpeedMachine Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 130, 120, 110, 100, 90
  • LAST: 100MM
  • VOLUME: MEDIUM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #1
  • Nordica SpeedMachine 110 MSRP: $600 [BUY NOW]

2020 Rossignol AllSpeed Pro

2020 Rossignol AllSpeed Pro
The 2020 Rossignol AllSpeed Pro 120.

The AllSpeed Pro was a close second for on-hill performance, earning high praise from a number of testers for its precise skiing chops. Testers also noted the AllSpeed Pro’s fit as being on-point for the category, but it was dinged for feeling heavier than other entries. “Rossignol hit it out of the park with this model, quality all around!”

2020 Rossignol AllSpeed Pro Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 120, 110, 100
  • LAST: 100MM
  • VOLUME: MEDIUM
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #2
  • ROSSIGNOL ALLSPEED PRO 120 MSRP: $700 [BUY NOW]

2020 Lange LX

Lange LX 2020
The 2020 Lange LX 100

Lange took the performance-enhancing Dual Core technologies of its race boots and put it in an easy-to-ski high volume boot that accommodates wide feet. Testers were shocked at how much room there was in this boot and how great it felt edge-to-edge. “Fits like a down jacket, but great edge hold and excellent response.”

2020 Lange LX Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 130, 120, 100, 90
  • LAST: 102MM
  • VOLUME: HIGH
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #3
  • LANGE LX 100 MSRP: $500 [BUY NOW]

BEST VALUE: 2020 Tecnica Mach Sport

Tecnica Mach Sport MV 2020
The 2020 Tecnica Mach Sport MV.

Offering a plethora of volume options and precise ski control, the Tecnica Mach Sport line can work for any foot shape without a sacrifice in performance. Testers proclaimed this boot to be King of the Blue Squares but found that it didn’t mind more difficult terrain either. Testers also noted the fit felt great from first chair to the barstool. “Very direct, precise, and comfy.”

2020 Tecnica Mach Sport Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 120, 100, 90, 80
  • LAST: 98MM, 100MM, 103MM
  • VOLUME: LOW, MEDIUM, HIGH
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #4
  • TECHNICA MACH SPORT MV MSRP: $480 [BUY NOW]

2020 Dalbello Panterra

2020 Dalbello Panterra 120
The 2020 Dalbello Panterra 120.

The all-new Panterra serves up some familiar features, including an adjustable last, but also incorporates a walk mode, a customizable shell and liner, and improved downhill power transfer thanks to the shell’s Power Cage design. Testers noted it’s the easiest boot to get into in the category and looks sleek. “Snug where it needs to be, and flex inspires confidence.”

2020 Dalbello Panterra Factsheet

  • FLEXES: 130, 120, 100, 90
  • LAST: 100-102MM
  • VOLUME: MEDIUM TO HIGH
  • 2020 GEAR GUIDE RANK: #5
  • DALBELLO PANTERRA 120 MSRP: $750 [BUY NOW]

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 2020 Gear Guide print edition of SKI Magazine. It has been modified to accommodate hyperlinks.

The Best Men’s Comfort Ski Boots of 2019

BEST IN TEST: Nordica Sportmachine 110

2018/2019 Nordica Sport Machine 110
The 2018/2019 Nordica Sport Machine 110Photo courtesy of Nordica

Not only does the Sportmachine 110 have exceptional out-of-the-box fit, but its on-hill performance was a step above the rest of the group. With a cozy Primaloft insulated liner, plus a fully adjustable shell with the same tech as the Speed- and ProMachine boots, this boot is perfect for strong skiers looking for a comfy fit, or big-footed skiers looking for a high- performance boot. According to one tester: “A powerhouse of a boot.”

  • Last Width (In Millimeters) 102
  • Flex 110
  • Number Of Buckles 4
  • MSRP: $549 (BUY NOW)

BEST VALUE: Tecnica Mach Sport HV 100

2018/2019 Tecnica Mach Sport HV 100
The 2018/2019 Tecnica Mach Sport HV 100Photo courtesy of Tecnica

Testers proclaimed the Mach Sport HV 100 to be a high-performing, high-volume boot that skis like a much more expensive boot. It enveloped tester’s feet like a hug from an old friend but had solid edge-to-edge performance on the hill. Testers noted it would be a great option for an intermediate skier ready to step it up a notch this season but keep his feet in something comfy. “A crowd pleaser with great performance and control.”

  • Last Width (in millimeters): 103
  • Flex: 100
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $480 (BUY NOW)

Lange SX 100

2018/2019 Lange SX 100
The 2018/2019 Lange SX 100.Photo courtesy of Lange

Testers used the word “precise” to describe a number of the SX 100’s features. Ankle hold and general fit? Precise. Skiability and edge control? Precise. Increased level of confidence to take younger and intermediate skiers to the next level? Definitely. With an upright stance and thermo-moldable liner, this boot made testers feel like better skiers than they claimed to be. “Very responsive,” wrote one tester, “with a powerful turn finish.”

  • Last Width (In Millimeters): 102
  • Flex: 100
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $500 (BUY NOW)

Rossignol ALLTRACK 110

2018/2019 Rossignol ALLTRACK 110
The 2018/2019 Rossignol ALLTRACK 110.Photo courtesy of Rossignol

It’s a common belief that having a walk mode sacrifices downhill capabilities, but the ALLTRACK looks to end that stereotype. Testers raved about this boot’s phenomenal downhill performance. With Rossi’s Sensor Grid tech, there’s less material where it’s not needed, reducing weight and increasing a skiers’ daily longevity on the hill. It was a touch too voluminous for some, so little feet need not apply. “Very balanced and definitely not sluggish.”

  • Last Width (in millimeters): 102
  • Flex: 110
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $550 (BUY NOW)

Head Advant Edge 105

2018/2019 Head Advant Edge 105
The 2018/2019 Head Advant Edge 105.Photo courtesy of Head

Testers noticed that the Advant Edge 105 hit the nail on the head for skiers looking for intermediate level boots that can turn into advanced level boots over time. Thanks to a flex adjuster, the stiffness rating can go from a soft 95 to a performance-enhancing 105. The macro-ladder adjustment on the top cuff buckle also provides an assuring fit for anyone, pleasing testers and bootfitters alike. “Accurate, eager, but not punishing.”

  • Last Width (in millimeters): 102
  • Flex: 105
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $600 (BUY NOW)

Dalbello Panterra 120 ID

2018/20190 Dalbello Panterra 120 ID
The 2018/2019 Dalbello Panterra 120 ID.Photo courtesy of Dalbello

Dalbello ranks as the highest-scored cabrio boot in the Comfort category thanks to the Panterra 120’s smooth flex, ease of entry, and overall skiability. With a seriously plush fit, this boot is a shoe-in for teenage skiers learning to carve and skiers with limited range of motion below the knee. With GripWalk compatibility and a simple walk/ski mode, this boot can stay on throughout après too. “Roomy, comfortable, and provides solid skiing.”

  • Last Width (in millimeters): 100
  • Flex: 120
  • Number Of Buckles: 4
  • MSRP: $750 (BUY NOW)

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