Big Bang For Your Boot Buck: If you’re comfortable shopping for used jeans or have nursed a truck past 200,000 miles, you’re the sort of skier who’ll appreciate these value-packed boots—each expected to retail around $400, never mind the listed MSRP. Rossignol TMX 120 Magenta (shown; men’s, 120 flex, 100-mm width, $500) Testers called it the best-skiing boot in its class—at 200 bucks less than its closest competitor. Oh, and it’s pink. Really pink. Atomic Medusa 90 (shown; women’s, 90 flex, 98-mm width, $499) Testers liked that it was tight where they wanted it (heel, ankle, instep) and roomy where they needed it (calf), and it held its own against the best in the performance-oriented Narrow Fit category. Tecnica Cochise W 90 (women’s, 90 flex, 100-mm width, $525) Testers said it’s as good as the W 100. You still get a tour mode, and it’s $100 less. Rossignol Experience 110 Sensor (men’s, 110 flex, 104-mm width, $500) Tough enough, comfy enough, and cheap enough that every wide-footed guy should consider it. —M.E.
Rock On … or Not: Not sure about this whole rocker thing yet? Or perhaps you’re convinced there are still times and places for traditional camber? Fischer wants you to have the best of both worlds with its Hybrid family of frontside skis. Flip a switch, and it’s rockered. Flip it back, and it’s cambered. Pictured: Fischer Hybrid 8 ($895 flat). —J.C.
Coming Soon: A K2 Boot K2 and a select group of boot gurus have been secretly working away in a clandestine lab at an undisclosed location for more than two years on the development of a new ski boot. “We started from scratch,” says marketing VP Jeff Mechura. This isn’t the first ski boot for K2, but the last one (shown below), 35 years ago, didn’t take. Details are scarce and rumors abound about the soon-to-be-unveiled project. K2 will say only that it’s not a race boot and that it’s geared toward all-mountain skiing. More info coming this fall. —M.E.