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Kyra 95

DaleBoot

2017

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rating19.67

price$600

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
19.67 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX95

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHWide

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From blue squares to easy black diamonds to the barstool, this was a tester favorite for its versatility and instant success on snow. It's so evenly roomy, testers checked its fit scores in straight rows. It goes everywhere willingly and is game for a challenge. With a soft-side-of-95 flex, it's not for heavy, hard-charging, all-mountain attackers, but it will work well for everyone else. Christensen: "Felt like a powerful, supportive hug. I could ski these all day, all over the mountain."

GPX 105 W

Nordica

2017

rating19.44

price$699

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
19.44 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX105

GENDERFemale

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Longer-legged, slender-calved, narrow-forefooted rippers will say yes to this address. The GPX responds well to a firm will and skilled movements. It's powerful but light, quick but stable, relatively even-fitting, with some extra room at the heel. Testers felt the cuff rode a little tall and tight on the calf, and the stance is a bit on the forward-leaning side. Pulling or thinning the spoiler made those issues go away. Christensen: "Aggressive flex yields dynamic turns. Very responsive."

Panterra 120

DaleBoot

2017

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rating19.36

price$650

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
19.36 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHWide

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The Panterra is a stout boot for big, strong skiers with thicker feet and legs, yet it's agile as a big cat and powerful in a quiet, damp sort of way. The cuff is roomy and tall on the leg shaft and has a firm flex. It's engineered to best suit taller guys. The Panterra is powerful on edge, it's comfort- able and trustworthy at high speeds, and testers admired the shock-absorbing feel. Campbell: "Surprisingly nimble in and out of turns for such a solid boot. A joy in crud and bumps."

QST Pro 130

Salomon

2017

rating19.29

price$850

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
19.29 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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Some loved the spacey look; others were less enthusiastic. The distinctive Endofit tongue construction is not quite overlap but it's also not a classic three-piece design. It has a tricky entry and it fits very close along the top of the foot. On snow, the QST moves well laterally, weaving in and out of turns with a silky lightweight touch. Agile and accurate side-to- side moves were best executed with finesse rather than an aggressive assault. Harper: "A predictable, lightweight powerhouse with outstanding heel hold."

Lupo Carbon Ti I.D.

DaleBoot

2017

rating19.29

price$1100

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
19.29 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

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The Lupo offers lots of useful and well- designed features, a narrow fit, and a stiff flex. Yes, it's expensive, but testers say it's worth every dollar if you mold the I.D. liner-a comfort must. Laced-up entry and exit aren't easy, but testers accepted the processes because the skiing product was worth the effort. The tall, strong cuff readily rolled the ski up on edge and put the hammer down when engaged. Barr: "Great sidecountry boot for all narrow-footed rippers. Super light and responsive."

Advant Edge 85 W

Head

2017

rating19.00

price$475

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
19.00 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX75

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHWide

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What a pleasant surprise, testers said. The Advant Edge is roomy and upright, with an open fit that welcomes skiers with large calves. The lower cavity of the liner is well padded for a cushy, easygoing feel. But the comfortable fit belies its talent. Stouter than its advertised 85 flex, it skis joyfully all over the mountain with unflinching confidence. And its low price makes it even more attractive. Carr: "I was blown away by how well it skis. A racer mom's dream boot."

Hawx Prime 100 W

Atomic

2017

rating18.80

price$600

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
18.80 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX100

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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The Hawx Prime sets the bar high for medium-width versatility. Medium to wider feet and thicker legs did best in it, but the well-padded Thinsulate liner did a great job of cradling lower-volume feet and legs. Testers loved the feel of the lower boot on snow-the legendary Hawx flexible sole still impresses with how it bends to match the arc of the ski for a deep and lively feel from turn to turn. Revello: "Sophisticated handling for all-day performance-well executed, functional design."

Hybrid W 10+ Vacuum FF

Fischer

2017

rating18.75

price$700

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
18.75 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX100

GENDERFemale

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We've tested Fischer's Vacuum technology before and it works great. This year no Vac system was available during test camp so we tested the boot stock. Our testers, many of whom ski regularly in narrow boots, liked its starting-point 98-mm width just fine. Post-Vacuum, it can grow to a whopping 108 mm. Testers liked the lateral pop and energy, especially on smooth surfaces. Quick and tac- tile, it's sensitive underfoot and fast to react. Christensen: "Fun, agile boot. Able to make fast, dynamic turns with confidence."

X-Face 120

Roxa

2017

rating18.73

price$625

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
18.73 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX120

GENDERMale

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The X-Face is a shock-absorbing off-piste specialist with a ton of useful features, and testers were stunned by its power transmission to the edge-best Roxa ever, they said. The lightweight spiral-wrap Intuition liner pairs with a clean hike mode and Dynafit tech fittings to offer options beyond the area boundary. Way roomier in the toe box and forefoot than expected for 99-mm, but it tapers to a snug fit in the rear foot. Barr: "Fun boot. Playful but serious on edge; strong but light enough to get around quickly."

Pure Elite 120

Rossignol

2017

rating18.67

price$700

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
18.67 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX120

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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With a tall cuff, upright stance, and true 120 flex, this boot demands a good skier at the controls. And it doesn't hurt if she's taller and stronger than the average cruiser. Testers said the fit is roomier than expected for a narrow-category boot, yet its edge power and stability through variable terrain are peerless. Get over the front of this boot and drive it; you'll be well rewarded. Post: "A powerhouse with amazing feel for the snow. All the necessary features, nothing more."

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