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Spyne 110

K2

2016

price$650

YEAR2015/2016

LEVEL

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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Here's the top scorer among Value boots. The 110 crams almost everything the 130 offers into a condensed power pack that will sell for about $500 in many shops. Testers said its stability and muscle exceed its 110 flex rating. The lower shell is snugger than most mediums, and the cuff, though a little short for big guys, is well balanced front-to-back and side-to-side. Wiberg: "A smooth-flexing lateral powerhouse."

Pinnacle 130 LV

K2

2016

price$850

YEAR2015/2016

LEVEL

FLEX130

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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Testers liked the two key refinements of the flagship Pinnacle. The cuff-release mechanism is stronger. And new optional AT soles- rockered and tech-compatible-open up more backcountry doors. Range of motion is excep- tionally long in hike mode. But ski-mode perfor- mance is what testers liked most. Several said it skied as well as the best of the fixed-cuff alpine boots. Gabriel: "Quick. Fits great, skis better."

Pinnacle 110 HV

K2

2016

price$750

YEAR2015/2016

LEVEL

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHWide

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The 110 is shorter, chunkier, and softer than the 130 version, but only slightly. It doesn't really lack much other than some macho stiffness and the convenient quick-release hook on the power strap. But it's $100 less, and good skiers who have average to somewhat wider feet but don't need a 130 flex should give it a look. Bradley: "Good, consistent fit and awesome stance."

Raptor 110 RS W

Head

2016

price$600

YEAR2015/2016

LEVEL

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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The Raptor's solid sole, rigid boot board, and thin, dense liner provide a level of performance found in no other women's test boot. It fits shorter and narrower than most narrows, but it skied with stiletto sharpness and mounted an ag- gressive attack. Stance-wise, it's a bit biased to the inside edge, but a quick cuff adjustment fixes that. Rogers: "How a boot is meant to perform."

Spyne 130 HV

K2

2016

price$800

YEAR2015/2016

LEVEL

FLEX130

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHWide

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The HV (high-volume) Spyne feels roomier than the medium-fit K2s, but medium feet will be plenty happy here. Experts who usually go narrower but want more comfort will love the fit, flex, and winning combination of quick-turn agility with haymaker power. It's fully ripped for all-mountain demolition. Harper: "Stiffer than most; instant energy transfer; warm too."

Raptor 140 RS

Head

2016

price$800

YEAR2015/2016

LEVEL

FLEX140

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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This perennial powerhouse returns unchanged. Request a direction change and it complies with lightning quickness. It's tight everywhere, but with enough anatomical shape to avoid hot spots. It's surprisingly comfortable for such a powerful drive. Flex is adjustable, from 130 to 150. We tested it at 130 and found it to be ridiculously strong. Kipp: "Quick, stiff, precise, with an amazing feel for the snow."

Hammer 130

Head

2016

price$800

YEAR2015/2016

LEVEL

FLEX130

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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Here's Head's first three-piece design. Cabrio boots aren't generally very stout, but the Hammer's shell is stiff and reactive and it's heat-moldable for personalized fit. The result is a destroyer-class boot. Testers liked its flex adjuster and said most skiers should use the soft setting to lengthen the flex range. Gleason: "Smooth contours and an athletic stance."

Vector Evo 130

Head

2016

price$800

YEAR2015/2016

LEVEL

FLEX130

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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The Evo 130 is so comfortable you won't want to leave the lodge, but it skis with Head's signature precision, slashing smooth and predictable turns. Its fit is a generous medium with plenty of forefoot room, but it's snug enough in the ankle, heel, and calf to enable quick moves, and Head's new shell-molding system allows additional customization. Rafferty: "Smooth and cushy yet powerful. Goes where you point it."

Vector Evo 110 W

Head

2016

price$700

YEAR2015/2016

LEVEL

FLEX100

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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Head resolved some fit issues, maintained the skiability, and improved the looks in this latest Vector. Testers liked its stunningly good out-of- the-box fit, and Head's new heat-moldable shell is a fit-insurance policy. The Vector is laterally strong and quick. The cuff is upright and fits generously, even for thick calves. Powderly: "Like a custom boot right out of the box. Tip-to- tail powerful, yet graceful."

Ranger 12 Vacuum

Fischer

2016

price$900

YEAR2015/2016

LEVEL

FLEX120

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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Testers liked the Ranger's revised fit, and it con- tinued to earn top marks for agility. The Vacuum shell-molding process works: Testers all noted both fit and stance improvements. The boot moves well laterally and is precise and powerful with sensitive snow feel. It's light, easy to get on, and smooth through its respectable range of cuff movement in hike mode. Evans: "Applies even pressure to the entire ski."

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