Testers agreed that the boot industry is taking greater liberties than ever with width classification (known as last width, measured in millimeters at the forefoot of a size 26 shell). One brand’s narrow boot might fit like another’s wide. Lengths vary as well in a given size—some fit short, some long. So even though there are more great-fitting boots on the market than ever, it’s a free-for-all for skiers trying to navigate the choices. The upshot? You still need a good shop to pilot you through the options, and there’s no substitute for trying them all on.