Tecnica doesn’t go in for easy-bake shell customization because it doesn’t trust the lower-melting-point plastics required. Instead, it uses tried and true polyurethane, but builds in lots of features that help boot fitters do their job. The Mach1 doesn’t try to be a high-rebound ripper, but offers solid support and predictable feedback fore and aft and a warm, roomy fit. “Not a hard charger, but a smooth controlled ride that builds confidence. A great boot to hone your skills in,” Favro said.