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Belle Pro

Nordica

2015

price$699

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX105

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH100

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The fit of the new Belle Pro’s liner—plush and inviting, with flow-cork ankle zones— belies its power. It boasts a stiffer-than- billed flex and stout lateral transmission that can really put a ski on edge. Testers liked its firmness and tall contour along the leg. Its fit is generous for a 100 mm, but the heel grip is sufficiently snug. Taller, more aggressive testers admired it most. Rogers: “Holds up well on- and off-piste.”

RX 110 W LV

Lange

2015

price$700

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH97

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This boot rips. Testers said it was a perfect match for accomplished skiers or athletic up-and-comers. The stance sets a skier up to make successful, dynamic movements, and the strong construction drives each turn home. The 110 flex—as burly as a woman’s boot gets—is true, as is the slim 97-mm last. Women with slender feet should put this one on their short list. Ris- seeuw: “A lock-and-load powerhouse.”

XT 110 W LV

Lange

2015

price$750

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH97

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Testers were unanimous: “instant edge response,” “all-star ability to drive the ski,” etc. And this narrow-fit favorite grabbed a big share of best-in-category and best-of- test votes. It’s not new, but key elements have been tweaked. The liner better matches the firm fit and feel of the RX- series liners for better energy transmission and foot hold, and the upper cuff is stiffer. Bouchard: “It’s one with the mountain.”

Miranet 100

K2

2015

price$750

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX100

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH100

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The Minaret 100 is one of the few all-new boots in this category. Its tough, long- travel 100 flex loads energy to the ski predictably and provides a solid rearward backstop that helps maintain balance. Testers liked the boot’s crisp and snappy rebound. Some said that with the rear spoiler installed the stance was a little forward, but most liked it. Ross: “Great stance with a good, even, responsive flex.”

Spyre 100

K2

2015

price$625

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX100

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH100

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When the scores were tallied, this boot topped a strong-skiing category. Its 100 width and 100 flex are Goldilocks-right for advanced and expert skiers without being too burly for cruisers. Testers found the medium-width fit ideally snug, appreciat- ing the updated liner’s extra toe room. Vir- tually every tester vouched for this boot’s quick, powerful character. Ross: “Ski as aggressively as you want; it holds up.”

Challenger 110 W

Head

2015

price$600

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX100

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH99

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Testers with a wide variety of foot and leg shapes were able to jump into this boot and get straight to the business of ripping. It’s a medium width that hedges toward the snug side with a firm grab on the heel and ankle and a slightly short-feeling length. Its Adaptive Fit shell can be made narrower with the turn of a nut on its sole. Parazoo: “Very responsive. Skis like a narrow-category boot.”

Vector 105 W

Head

2015

price$475

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX95/85

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH101

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There’s no gap in the Vector’s game—ex- cept for the one between it and the boots it outperforms for a hundred bucks less. The cushy-snug liner wraps the foot and lower leg firmly upon entry but then re- laxes on the hill. The 95 flex is as strong as many 110s. On snow it was balanced to a T and powerful on edge—surprisingly agile and responsive in all turns. Post: “Flexes so smoothly. Very reliable everywhere.”

Raptor 110 W

Head

2015

price$600

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH96

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This boot fit tight pretty much everywhere. So it’s no surprise that testers with technical backgrounds—coaches, upper-level instructors, and ex-racers—were the ones who fell hardest for it. Some even jumped up a full size to gain toe room—without losing much in the way of snug heel and ankle fit. On snow, it performs at the highest levels. Goldsmith-Rahill: “As dynamic as you get short of a full-blown race boot.”

Zephyr 11 Vacuum

Fischer

2015

price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH95

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The Zephyr 11 fits great out of the box, and getting it on and off is a snap. Testers said it skied flawlessly in all conditions. It comes with the additional fit insurance of Fischer’s unique Vacuum molding process, in which the shell is heat-softened and then compressed against the foot. It’s snugger than most medium fits, which tes- ters liked. Poore: “Makes turns where and when you want. Good feel underfoot.”

Kyra 95 I.D.

Dalbello

2015

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price$650

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX95

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH102

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The three-piece construction of the Kyra yields a smooth-travel flex, but it’s still firm enough to pin the throttle. Testers liked it last year; this year they tried the I.D. version, with its spiral-wrapping custom liner, which improves calf fit and makes it easier to get on. It continued to impress with its comfortably snug feel and above- expectations performance. Risseeuw: “A genie in a bottle; obeys every command.”

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