New boots can change your game, and, as it happens, a couple of new approaches to boot design represent the freshest and boldest thinking of the year.
A custom-fitted shell is the best way to go, and professional boot work will always be the gold standard. But Salomon’s new CS technology is a good start for people who want a snug fit with a little extra width off the shelf. A CS boot has a panel of easy-to-mold plastic in the critical “sixth toe” area (the outside of your foot). Heat the shell, buckle it on, and it stretches. The process takes 15 minutes, and any shop tech can do it. Pictured here: Falcon CS Pro (left, $925) and Instinct CS (second from left, $790).
It’s not any one thing that makes Rossi’s new Sensor3 boot design great. It’s the cumulative effect of lots of little things. From shell to liner to hardware, Sensor3 announces that Rossignol really does know how to make a great boot. The fit is generous, but the response is accurate. Rossi sprinkles the new designs across its collection, with Sensor3 versions of B Squads and Zeniths for men, Electras and B Pros for women. Pictured: B90L Sensor3 (second from right, $625) and B Squad 110 Sensor3 (right, $750).