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Zephyr 11 Vacuum

Fischer

2015

price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH95

MSRP: $800.00

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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.”

Mantis 95

Dalbello

2015

price$600

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX95

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH99

MSRP: $600.00

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This perennial medium-width favorite scores points for both performance and value. The slightly lower than average cuff keeps movements agile and tuned in to the snow. The shell is tailored specifically for women, with a little extra room in typical problem spots, including around the ankle and the outside of the forefoot. Risseeuw: “Powerful and compact. Handles varied conditions with ease.”

Hawx 2.0 100 W

Atomic

2015

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price$550

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX100

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH100

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MSRP: $550.00

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A complete makeover on a popular model can be a risky bet, but Atomic has suc- ceeded. A relaxed fit and a flared cuff welcome thicker feet and muscular legs to the medium-width club. The new shell is heat-moldable. And a Thinsulate layer pre- serves warmth. Testers said the new Hawx was easy to ski with great snow feel, if a bit shy of its marked 100 stiffness. Rogers: “A forward-thinking design.”

Redster Pro 110 W

Atomic

2015

price$700

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH98

MSRP: $700.00

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Where many boots collapse when redlined, the carbon-reinforced Redster remained solid, even when pushed hard by the most aggressive and tallest testers. The cuff flares to accommodate larger calves while maintaining enough height to endure hard-charging punishment. The moldable shell opens up myriad fit options. Testers called it a “true” 110—“stiff enough for race-type skiing.”

Cochise 120

Tecnica

2015

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price$735

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100mm

SIZES22.0-31.0

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MSRP: $735.00

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New fit, flex, and liner, and improved hike- mode performance turn this wallflower into a top performer. It‘s lively, quick, and agile, with good shell mechanics. The medium-wide shell shape now has a wider toe box, asymmetric ankle contours, and a tighter heel. The cuff-release mechanism is excellent, and hike-mode cuff travel is longer and more natural. Dardani: "More powerful than others. Well thought out.“

Cochise Pro 130

Tecnica

2015

price$850

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98mm

SIZES22.0-31.0

MSRP: $850.00

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Same name, new design from toe to cuff. The shell is more anatomically sculpted, with more bone-zone contouring. Testers liked it for both comfort and control. The fit is more relaxed than most in the narrow group. It remains one of the strongest- skiing hike-mode boots. The new design and Triax 2.0 plastic give it a more lively, energetic flex.

Mach1 130 C.A.S.

Tecnica

2015

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price$785

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100mm

SIZES24.0-31.0

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MSRP: $785.00

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Tecnica carefully matches the shape of the foot and lower leg in this model, which brings it back to its high-performance roots. The new, highly modifiable C.A.S. (Custom Adaptive Shape) liner is anatomically sculpted and closely mates with the shell‘s interior for optimal power transfer. Testers gave it top scores for power, agility, and comfort. Wiberg: "Strong laterally but performs with finesse.“

G2 110 Powerfit

Scott

2015

price$700

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH97mm

SIZES23.0-30.0

MSRP: $700.00

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The G2 is a newly revised, old-school performance boot. Features? Well, it has four buckles and a power strap. But testers said it generated plenty of edge power and elicited immediate responses from the ski. The flex is a firm 110 but evenly distributed along the shin with a springy quality that invites dynamic fall-line skiing. It‘s extra snug, making it a good choice for skinny feet. Gleason: "Snappy, consistent feel."

R9.8 130

Tecnica

2015

price$700

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98mm

SIZES4-11.5 US

MSRP: $700.00

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Testers called this the best performer ever to emerge from the Tecnica factory. Last year's liner overhaul and new tongue tweaks continue to impress. Testers liked the full, firm-but-comfortable shin fit and flex feel, the secure and even wrap. Several said the tune on their skis felt sharper, a sure sign of top-notch lateral and torsional power. Stewart: "On-demand power with a prompt return to center."

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