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Alltrack Pro 110 W

Rossignol

2015

price$700

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH100

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Testers loved the way this boot stands and skis. It’s tall and upright but with a long- travel flex that let them get over the ski for silky turn transitions. They said it felt more like 100 than 110. There’s more toe and forefoot room than in most medium fits, for a toenail-trauma-free experience. The tequila sunrise cosmetics and the fur liner were popular. Elling: “Puts you where you need to be—great balance.”

Alltrack 90 W

Rossignol

2015

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price$550

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX90

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH102

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Here’s a warm, fuzzy bucket of love aimed at lighter, less aggressive skiers. It topped the on-off-ease and comfort scores. Testers said the flex feels softer than 90, but they dug its long-travel feel and balanced starting point. The fit is long, wide in the toe and forefoot, and roomy enough for thicker calves. It’s ideal for keeping a ski mom smiling all day. Post: “Great for build- ing skills. Fabulous stance, smooth flex.”

Electra SL 100

Rossignol

2015

price$700

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTH97

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This speed-loving shredder took testers on adventures all over the mountain. With its warm, fur-trimmed liner, it also scored high for comfort and ease of entry/exit. Testers loved its springy, energetic flex, which they said was the key to its respon- siveness. It’s solid on edge, with a firm, narrow-last grip on the ankle and heel, but up front it fits like a medium. Parazoo: “Dynamic! I felt like Superwoman.”

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.”

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