Salomon Instinct CS (2010)
The women’s version of the highly successful Falcon returns unchanged, with a freeride-ready upright stance married to race-like power and edginess. It features Salomon’s cool custom-shell technology (see men’s Impact 10), allowing odd-shaped feet the advantages of a snug 98-mm last. “Responsive, dynamic, accurate. This one put a smile on my face,” said Gleason.