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Ski Boots

Fischer Travers Boots

76

2017

Fischer Travers Boots

The Fischer Travers Boots are an ultra light weight dedicated ski touring boot with an 80° cuff rotation and a ‘buckle-less’ design, they are ideally suited for backcountry skiing and randonee racing.

Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro Boots

78

2017

Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro Boots

The Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro Boots are a mid weight freeride ski touring boot with a built in ski/walk mode and a customizable C.A.S. shell.

La Sportiva Spectre 2.0 Boots

86

2017

La Sportiva Spectre 2.0 Boots

The La Sportiva Spectre 2.0 Boots have a 60° cuff rotation and are the lightest 4-buckle alpine touring boot available.

Dalbello Lupo Carbon Ti Boots

74

2017

Dalbello Lupo Carbon Ti Boots

The Lupo Carbon Ti Boots have a have a 130 flex rating and a 67° cuff rotation and are the lightest freeride touring boots to date from Dalbello.

Fischer RC7 Skate My Style

83

2016

Fischer RC7 Skate My Style

The women-specific, NNN/NIS-binding-compatible Fischer RC7 Skate My Style boot is part of Fischer’s “premium class” line, a stiff-flex boot for casual or racing performance with an array of user-friendly features.

Madshus Metis S Boots

77

2016

Madshus Metis S Boots

The NNN/NIS-binding-compatible Madshus Metis S is a women-specific XC skate boot offering solid performance and rigid ankle support at a great price point. 

Salomon S-Lab Vitane Skate Pro

86

2016

Salomon S-Lab Vitane Skate Pro

The SNS-Pilot-binding-compatible Salomon S-Lab Vitane Skate Pro is a top-of-the-line performance boot for elite women racers looking for a perfectly dialed fit and maximum power transmission.

Rossignol X-10 Skate FW

93

2016

Rossignol X-10 Skate FW

With a new women-specific fit, the NNN/NIS-binding-compatible Rossignol X-10 Skate FW boot is engineered for precision, power and anatomical comfort—perfect for both racing or longer workouts on the corduroy.

Fischer Transalp Boots

78

2016

Fischer Transalp Boots

The Fischer Transalp Boots are a relatively light weight three buckle alpine touring boot that offers up good support and power transmission. It uses a simple overlap design and provides a comfortable fit.

Salomon MTN Explore boots

84

2016

Salomon MTN Explore boots

The Salomon MTN Explore boot is a light weight alpine touring ski boot. It has plenty of cuff rotation for ski touring, but is also able to ski in bounds as well as it does out of bounds.

Atomic Backland Carbon AT Boots

80

2016

Atomic Backland Carbon AT Boots

The Atomic Backland Carbon AT Boots are an ultra light, dedicated alpine touring ski boot that has more cuff rotation than the human ankle.

Scott Superguide Carbon

86

2016

Scott Superguide Carbon

The Scott Superguide Carbon is a four buckle alpine touring boot with tech fittings and lug soles. 

Fischer TransAlp TS Vacuum

86

2016

Fischer TransAlp TS Vacuum

The Fischer TransAlp TS Vacuum is a light, three-buckle alpine touring boot best used for hunting powder stashes deep in the backcountry.

Dynafit Khion Carbon

87

2016

Dynafit Khion Carbon

The Khion Carbon is a four-buckle alpine touring boot that melds freeride performance with daylong touring ergonomics.

Salomon MTN Lab

91

2016

Salomon MTN Lab

The MTN Lab is high performance two-buckle alpine touring boot by Salomon.

Tecnica Cochise Pro

85

2016

Tecnica Cochise Pro

The Tecnica Cochise Pro is a three-buckle freeride boot with a hybrid power-strap fourth buckle.

Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130

85

2016

Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130

The Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130 is a four-buckle freeride boot with walk mode.

Lange XT 130

84

2016

Lange XT 130

The Lange XT 130 is a four-buckle freeride boot with a walk mode and replaceable toe and heels. 

Dalbello Lupo Ti

88

2016

Dalbello Lupo Ti

The Dalbello Lupo Ti is a three-buckle freeride boot designed after award-winning Krypton, but with lug soles and tech fittings.

Scarpa Freedom RS 130

90

2016

Scarpa Freedom RS 130

The Freedom RS is a four-buckle freeride boot with tech fitting, lug sole and walk mode.

Dalbello Kyra 85

75

2015

Dalbello Kyra 85

Dalbello’s Kyra 85, which first came out in 2013 and has undergone a few updates since then. It is a three-piece, three-buckle ski boot designed for intermediate to advanced women who choose comfort above all else. 

Fischer Zephyr 11 Vacuum

72

2015

Fischer Zephyr 11 Vacuum

Fischer’s Zephyr 11 Vacuum, which first came out in fall 2014, is a high-performance, downhill-driven boot for advanced to expert women.

K2 Minaret 100

78

2015

K2 Minaret 100

A three-buckle women’s freeride boot from K2, the Minaret 100 is for the girl who wants it all: comfort, downhill performance, and walk-ability. 

Nordica GPX 95 W

74

2015

Nordica GPX 95 W

Brand new for fall 2015, Nordica’s GPX 95 W, part of the company’s new heritage-inspired GPX collection, doesn’t look or ski like a women’s boot. It’s a powerful low-volume ski boot for inbounds shredders who don’t mind sacrificing a touch of comfort for downhill performance.

Lange XT 110 W LV

79

2015

Lange XT 110 W LV

A freeride boot for expert-level women, Lange’s XT 110 W LV has a powerfully stiff 110 flex for charging big-mountain lines and a surprisingly supple walk mode for hiking for your turns.

Tecnica Cochise Pro 130

85

2014

Tecnica Cochise Pro 130

The Tecnica Cochise is a great mid-weight, 4-buckle boot for skiers who want one pair to be stiff enough to handle charging in-bounds all day but which can double as an all day touring boot too. 

Dynafit Radical

92

2014

Dynafit Radical

The Dynafit Radical is a classic four-buckle boot so it's easy to get a good grip on your foot and transfer all the power of your leg to the turn. Combined with a progressive downhill flex, roomy fit and excellent cuff range of motion the only reason it won't make your feet smile is if it's too big. 

Tecnica Cochise W105

83

2014

Tecnica Cochise W105

The Tecnica Cochise W105 is an excellent boot for a very specific audience. The ideal customer spends 85 percent of her time skiing at the resort, and 15 percent doing short hikes and tours from the resort.

Scott Celeste

85

2014

Scott Celeste

The Scott Celeste is a great pick for those who struggle with fit and comfort issues in AT boots.

Scarpa Gea RS

86

2014

Scarpa Gea RS

In terms of thoroughbred AT boots, the Gea Rs is at the top of the class. However, it is out of place anywhere near the resort. Look here if you spend 90 percent of your time in the backcountry.

Scarpa Women's Freedom SL

94

2014

Scarpa Women's Freedom SL

The Freedom SL represents an evolutionary leap forward in the hybridization of downhill and alpine touring ski boots.

Dynafit Mercury TF

92

2014

Dynafit Mercury TF

This AT boot means business—of the hut trip, mountaineering ascent, and multi-day backcountry tour variety. Stay far away from the resort.

Black Diamond Shiva MX 110

89

2014

Black Diamond Shiva MX 110

A beefy, take-no-prisoners boot substantially increases the comfort margin when touring for big mountain terrain.

Scarpa Freedom SL

89

2013

Scarpa Freedom SL

Scarpa's Freedom SL balances bona fide downhill chops with serious tourability.

Dynafit TLT 6

88

2013

Dynafit TLT 6

The TLT 6 is surprisingly powerful and versatile, without compromising its deft nature.

Black Diamond Factor Mx

87

2013

Black Diamond Factor Mx

Black Diamond's Factor Mx is a solid utilitarian freeride boot with your choice between tech fitting or alpine soles.

K2 Pinnacle 130

86

2013

K2 Pinnacle 130

K2’s Pinnacle is a beefy freeride boot with an active powerstrap and tech fittings.

Dalbello Panterra 120 ID

85

2013

Dalbello Panterra 120 ID

A robust four-buckle freeride boot that can hike to glory, or simply charge downhill.

Salomon Quest Max BC 120

83

2013

Salomon Quest Max BC 120

Salomon made good strides by returning their efforts to a freeride boot with tech fittings.

La Sportiva Spectre

83

2013

La Sportiva Spectre

La Sportiva's Spectre is definitely designed for the backcountry.

Roxa X-Ride

83

2013

Roxa X-Ride

A dark horse newcomer from Italy, the X-ride is a three buckle, AT boot with tech fittings and a worthy debut appearance.

Atomic Waymaker Tour 110

81

2013

Atomic Waymaker Tour 110

Atomic's Waymaker is a stout three buckle alpine touring boot with tech fittings.

Black Diamond Shiva MX 110

71

2013

Black Diamond Shiva MX 110

Black Diamond’s new Shiva MX 110 offers a resistance-free walk mode with 40 degrees of range of motion for the easiest uphill movement we’ve found.

Scarpa Freedom SL Women’s

77

2013

Scarpa Freedom SL Women’s

Female backcountry skiers who are tired of flimsy AT boots will appreciate the power of the 120-flex Freedom SL Women’s.

Dalbello Mantis 95

74

2013

Dalbello Mantis 95

Dalbello's Mantis handles all terrain with a high degree of comfort.

Lange RX 100 W

76

2013

Lange RX 100 W

Get Lange’s RX model if you love ripping around the resort or you’re an ex-racer who now appreciates comfort.

Tecnica Inferno Fling

77

2013

Tecnica Inferno Fling

Tecnica's Inferno Fling is an all-mountain machine with fuzzy fur lining for comfort.

Atomic Waymaker Tour 100 W

81

2013

Atomic Waymaker Tour 100 W

Atomic’s Waymaker Tour 100 W was designed with strong backcountry female skiers in mind and it delivers.

Rossignol All Track Pro 110 W

74

2013

Rossignol All Track Pro 110 W

Rossignol’s All Track Pro 110 W has strong downhill performance with a wide range of motion.

Salomon X Max 90 W

71

2013

Salomon X Max 90 W

Salomon's X Max 90 W is a forgiving, easy ride, suited for all types of frontside terrain.

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