Full Tilt Descendant 8
FT's Descendant series features a 102mm-last Evolution shell and Intuition Pro Liner, two things great for wide-footed skiers. I tested the D8 over several days at Loveland and Vail, sticking to hardpack, moguls, and the occasional air. The boot tongue initially felt soft, but performed much better than anticipated skiing medium-to-fat waisted skis. I felt the need to really tighten the Velcro strap to drive the stiffest, Titanal-layered planks, but while skiing wood-cored freeride and park skis, the Descendant 8 had solid edge-to-edge performance and superb energy transfer with minimal fitting. A solid option for chairlift-focused skiers who need wide-berth boots for their feet. [$750, fulltiltboots.com] - Jon Jay, Gear Editor.