Gear

Slideshow: Tele Boots

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 Women's All-Mountain: Garmont's         Venus ($499) picks up where the unisex Gara left off: It has a women's-specific shell shape to accomodate…

Women’s All-Mountain: Garmont’s Venus ($499) picks up where the unisex Gara left off: It has a women’s-specific shell shape to accomodate lower calves and narrower feet, a high cuff that’s sturdy enough to leverage big skis, and an easy forward flex for lighter skiers. Bonus: the liner foam is 1.5 mm thicker for a closer—and toastier—fit.

Crossover: For comfy touring, the Syner-G ($499) has a cuff 3 centimeters lower than that of the Ener-G; a unique tab to hold the top buckle in place while it’s loose for climbing; and an even flex for the descents.

Garmont The Latest: New Vibram soles on the Ener-G have a tread design with an S-shaped centerline to reduce snow-clumping; the women's Venus (below)…

Garmont

The Latest: New Vibram soles on the Ener-G have a tread design with an S-shaped centerline to reduce snow-clumping; the women’s Venus (below) is brand-new.

Race: The high-volume Ener-G ($599) is constructed of plastics with three different densities—a rigid chassis, a softer bellows, and a superstiff cuff.

Scarpa The Latest: Scarpa's thermoformable liners have gone high-tech—two densities make them soft on the inside, stiff on the outside. The…

Scarpa

The Latest: Scarpa’s thermoformable liners have gone high-tech—two densities make them soft on the inside, stiff on the outside. The micro-adjustable buckles have been tweaked for easier use.

Race: An overlap cuff and rock-hard “torsion beams that wrap around the ankle—as well as the highest shell on the hill—make the T-Race ($549) a burly package. New liners offer a snug, more comfortable fit.

All-Mountain: The T-1 ($519) was the first plastic boot to hit the shelves in 1992, and the classic has only improved: overlapping tongue, light liner, asymmetrical bellows for natural flex, and a torsion beam that’s a shade more forgiving than the T-Race’s.

Crossover: In this year’s T-2 ($479), a rear spoiler (a rigid piece of plastic attached by a screw to the back cuff) increases power and support. Everything else (cuff height, three buckles) remains tried and true.

Crispi The Latest: All higher-performance Crispis now come with thermoformable liners, which mold to your foot shape at the shop, knock off up to two…

Crispi

The Latest: All higher-performance Crispis now come with thermoformable liners, which mold to your foot shape at the shop, knock off up to two pounds per pair, and are much warmer.

Race: To adapt to varying conditions and skiing styles, the CXU ($575) has three forward-lean positions (all the way back for skinning; forward for ripping). An adjustable upper cuff lets you tweak cant angles by 10 degrees for better edge control. A full-sole carbon shank adds torsional rigidity for edge hold.

All-Mountain: Like the CXU, the CXR ($510) has four buckles and stiff plastic in the arch, heel, and instep—but with a slightly softer flex.

Crossover: The CXP ($435) is Crispi’s forgiving generalist boot—three buckles and a lenient flex for long tours; a high cuff and rigid instep for control.