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Pinnacle 100

K2

2015

price$650

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX100

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH102mm

SIZES25.5-30.5

MSRP: $650.00

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The 100-flex Pinnacle was the only softie to make the cut in a group dominated by 130s and 120s. Testers liked its smooth, long flex and found it plenty strong and solid rearward and laterally. That made for stable, well-balanced skiing anywhere it went. It comes with most of the freeride-class goodies found on the 130 version but no tech-binding fittings.

Pinnacle 130 LV

K2

2015

price$850

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH97mm

SIZES25.5-30.5

MSRP: $850.00

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Testers pushed it hard and found few flaws. They liked the stock stance, though of the liner. They gave it high marks for the adjustments are versatile and effective. They approved of the new fit and feel quickness and snow feel and ranked it in the top tier for edge power and stability. The hike mode: one of the best. The hybrid Powerbuckle: also slick. Blackwell: “The best-skiing of the walk-mode boots.“

Spyne 130 LV

K2

2015

price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH97mm

SIZES24.5-30.5

MSRP: $800.00

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This sophomore model returns with an improved liner and a cool new look. The liner‘s new toe-box shape and tweaks to the way it mates with the shell open up the fit in all the right places and keep it snug where needed. The power scores were high and the stance-angle setup earned praise. It set skis to trenching and man- aged them well in all terrain. Stewart: “Au- thoritative, capable. Anchorlike stability.“

Spyne 110

K2

2015

price$650

YEAR2014/2015

LEVEL

FLEX110

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100mm

SIZES24.5-30.5

MSRP: $650.00

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This step-down 110 flex held its own just fine against more muscular boots. Itâ

Venture 130

Head

2015

price$750

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98mm

SIZES25.0-30.5

MSRP: $750.00

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Here‘s a strong, balanced all-mountain machine built to hammer the off-piste. Tes- ters liked its damp, dependable demeanor and bombproof stability at speed. A well- padded shin fit and cushioned boot board suck up flat landings. It fits snugger than it looks, but testers said it skis with all-day comfort, making efficient use of energy. Its walk mode is best utilized standing in a bar. Kole: “A fun, responsive boot.“

Adapt Edge 110

Head

2015

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price$600

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110/100

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH102mm

SIZES25.0-30.5

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MSRP: $600.00

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We allowed each brand one bonus entry, provided it was a softer, less expensive model. Head‘s was the only softie to medal against the big boys. It topped the cat- egory for best entry and exit. It fits wide, with massive room around the foot and an open-for-business cuff. Its 110 flex index may be a little puffed up, but testers said it didn‘t fold. Mark Elling: “A slipper/shred- der. Soft flex, but it puts ‘em on edge.“

Vector 125

Head

2015

price$650

YEAR2014/2015

LEVEL

FLEX125/115

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH101mm

SIZES25.0-30.5

MSRP: $650.00

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This conservatively dressed sleeper teams luxuriant comfort with surprising perfor- mance. Testers loved its easy entry as much as they did its all-conditions ripping. Closure is especially slick thanks to Headâ

Raptor 130 RS

Head

2015

price$750

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH96mm

SIZES23.0-30.5

MSRP: $750.00

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This boot earned the most best-of-test accolades. It‘s dead-on for accomplished skiers who spend lots of time on firm snow driving stiff, narrow-waisted skis. They‘ll appreciate the power and sensitivity of the Raptor. Its solid sole, rigid boot board, and firm liner combine for one purpose: to forcefully transmit skier movements to the ski. Blaylock: “It drove with pinpoint precision and held me perfectly in every spot.“

Progressor 13 Vacuum

Fischer

2015

price$950

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98mm

SIZES22.5-29.5

MSRP: $950.00

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Fischer added its unique Vacuum custom- shell process to the Progressor 13. Testers said it fits and skis just fine even without custom molding. Flex is smooth and long— softer than most 130s but allowing natural and balanced ankle flexion. It‘s got a close fit around the foot that flares to a more open boot top, and it slices reliable arcs on all manner of terrain. Stewart: “Lots of functional travel without sacrificing feel.“

Lupo 110

Dalbello

2015

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price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98 mm

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MSRP: $800.00

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Testers called this the best three-piece boot in the test. The flex feel is fluid and progressive and packs more punch than its rating indicates. Like many of Dalbello‘s three-piece constructions, it grew stiffer and stronger the tighter it was buckled. The closure and tight connection to the ski made it a great companion for testers with slender lower legs. Mark Elling: “A strong 110 with a burly hike-mode switch.“

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