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Bode Miller's New Boot

Bode Miller's New Boot
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No joke, he’s on Full Tilt—and that isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

 Bode Miller has given his fans so many memorable Bode Moments in his career, he hardly owes them another. But what he’s scheming now might be the best yet.

 Miller, the winningest male U.S. Team racer ever, though oft-injured of late, not only appears to be serious about making a return to the World Cup speed-event circuit at age 39. He appears to be planning to do it on a boot that, as far as anyone can remember, hasn’t seen a World Cup course in at least two decades.

Cochise Pro 130

Tecnica

2017

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rating22.82

price$840

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
22.82 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

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The name is the same, but the fit is better and the weight is reduced. The Pro is snug enough to roll as a narrow but shapely enough where it matters to satisfy a medium- wide foot. It's accurate and poppy, powerful underfoot at high speeds and over all surfaces. Gleason: "A Best of Test contender. Rigged to romp, it's a virile ski driver, and the hike mode is delightfully effective."

Raptor 140 RS

Head

2017

rating23.04

price$800

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
23.04 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX140

GENDERMale

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It'll make you a better skier the very first time you put it on edge, but you'd better be pretty good going in because there's little forgiveness. The Raptor is stout, quick, and all-around awesome. It's anatomically shaped and surprisingly comfortable out of the box, but some punches and grinds will likely be required. Korman: "Its power and support will inspire confidence in the already confident."

Cochise Pro 105 W

Tecnica

2017

rating22.50

price$720

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
22.50 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX105

GENDERMale

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Tecnica nails the fit with a 99-mm last that accommodates a lot of medium-wide feet. The liner feels cushioned but firm. Anatomical sculpting of the shell and liner combines to provide a welcoming fit at common problem areas. A new shell design creates a lighter yet stronger feel on snow. Carr: "Smooth and powerful, a great hike-mode boot for hard- skiing women with narrower feet."

Mach1 105 W MV

Tecnica

2017

rating22.50

price$720

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
22.50 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX105

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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Double thumbs-ups all around for the Mach1. The liner and shell contour nicely around common fit trouble spots while holding the rear foot snugly for solid skiing. This boot is suitable for race-bred chargers looking for an easier fit package as well as for intermediates looking to step up their game. Poore: "Hugs the foot in all the right places. Push it; this boot can take it."

Mach1 130 LV

Tecnica

2017

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rating22.47

price$840

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
22.47 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

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This is how a narrow performance model should fit, said our testers: just a little too tight out of the box, everywhere. The LV version of the Mach1 was the top-scoring boot in the category. Testers raved about "limitless amounts" of easily accessed and entirely balanced power along with "quasi-telepathic steering control." Goldsmith: "A true low-volume boot, all the way from toe box to heel."

VFF Pro

DaleBoot

2017

rating22.25

price$825

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
22.25 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX100

GENDERMale

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The VFF Pro, like all DaleBoots, is fully customizable. Local dealers take measurements and send them to the factory, where the components are assembled. The Pro is lightweight with thin shell walls, and testers said it pumped out agile, quick transitions thanks to its snappy flex. J. Weisberg: "I like the concept of a boot that promises to fit with a commitment from the manufacturer."

SX 130

Lange

2017

rating21.94

price$750

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.94 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHWide

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It's so simple: To build a great wide-fit boot, take a benchmark medium model and simply open up the critical fit zones. Somehow Lange executed it better than anyone. The SX holds the rear foot exceptionally well during aggressive skiing. Testers said it's head-and- shoulders above most other wide-class rides. Sullivan: "Its stiff flex engages well when driv- ing the tongue. A cavernous boot that rips."

RS 140

Lange

2017

rating21.85

price$900

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.85 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX140

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User-friendly fit and accessible power make the RS a joy to ski. It elevates a wannabe's game and catapults an expert to another level. It's not demanding, yet under full throttle it drops into a gear you probably won't quite be expecting. It's sumptuously snug with an aggressive fit at the heel, ankle, and instep; more relaxed up front. Wiberg: "Super well connected: You twitch, the ski goes."

Hawx Magna 130

Atomic

2017

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rating21.75

price$725

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.75 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHWide

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Though massively roomy, the Magna's not boxy. It has an anatomically accurate shape for the normal parts of a foot and leg, just on a larger scale. Testers found decent heel hold and ankle grip. It's surprisingly quick edge-to-edge and ultra strong on all manner of snow surfaces. Holmquist: "Slipperlike comfort with good balance and a firm flex. A high- performance boot for the thick-footed guy."

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