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G2 100M Powerfit

Scott

2017

price$549

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX100

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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The G2 is a compact assault vehicle for hard-charging women with low-volume feet. It's tight in the way of a bygone boot era, especially in the toe box and around the forefoot. The liner, which is heat-moldable, opens up a bit after customization, but not a lot. Testers said it launched into turns with no hesitation and inspired confidence without being overly demanding. Top-of-class performance at a bargain price. Revello: "Sporty and precise, it screams at you to open up the throttle."

Vector Evo 110 W

Head

2017

rating18.36

price$700

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
18.36 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX100

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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The Vector Evo combines a silky interior feel with a silky on-snow demeanor. It's a well- balanced comfort and performance package that will work for a broad range of medium- width feet. Flex is adjustable, and testers encourage good skiers to bump it to the firmer notch. It carves long sweeping arcs and is adept off-piste, but quick turns on firm snow don't come with slalom alacrity. Johnson: "Strong holding power on steeps with smooth transitions and a supple feel for the snow."

Freedom SL 120 W

Scarpa

2017

rating17.88

price$749

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
17.88 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX120

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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A Pebax shell and Intuition liner give the Freedom SL a featherweight feel on the foot. A stiff carbon-fiber rail in the lower gives it the backbone of a race-capable boot. It easily finds an edge and powers arcs on even the hardest snow. Testers said full liner molding, at least, is required if you expect to wear this narrow-feeling "medium" boot in comfort. However, they all agreed it's well worth the effort. F. Dardani: "Sets the benchmark for stability and power in a lightweight touring package. Hiking was effortless."

BFC 90 W

K2

2017

rating17.00

price$550

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
17.00 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX90

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHWide

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K2's marketers got this just right: "Designed for women looking for comfort all day, from the morning in the parking lot to the afternoon in the lodge." Testers said amen to that. It's big, they felt, with room everywhere and plenty of cushioning for thick-footed women or those looking for a moderately relaxed fit. The 90 flex held its own, maybe even punching above its weight class, testers said. L. Elling: "Cushy, comfortable, easy to use. Super warm and skied well."

Putting Performance Back Into Your Outerwear

New clothes. New rules on how to keep them clean.

Each year we tend to upgrade our ski kit with a new piece or two—this season’s new tech shell, a fresh set of baselayers, that puffy you’ve had your eye on for months. So with all the effort and research we pour into our performance wear, it’s important to know how to take care of it too. 

 

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