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RX110 W

Lange

2017

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rating21.25

price$700

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.25 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX110

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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The RX is a tester favorite in the medium-width group. It gets a cosmetic makeover but is otherwise unchanged. The glovelike grip is noticeably firm on the heel and ankle with welcome room over the top of the foot and in the toe box. Entry and exit are a little harder than average for the category, but from first push-off to lift- maze arrival, it's locked and loaded, ready to explode into turns. Carr: "So smooth. I was balanced perfectly over both feet and in control at all times."

Raptor 110 RS W

Head

2017

rating21.00

price$650

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.00 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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Here's the snuggest women's boot in the test. It's well sculpted for a low-volume foot. Precise command over the ski is the name of the game here, whether for making quick steering moves or putting a ski on edge and driving it hard. Its lateral edging game is top-notch, making this a platinum-level piste performer. Post: "Perfect 10 for me on the snug fit, with rocket-powered edging and a killer stance."

Trinity 110 Vacuum FF

Fischer

2017

rating21.25

price$850

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
21.25 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

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The Trinity's fit can be substantially modified with Fischer's Vacuum shell-molding process. The out-of-the-box stance of this low-volume charger is way forward. Testers highly recommend Vacuum-molding it in the 14-degree forward-lean setting. They liked the energetic, snappy flex feel. It's lightweight and lively from turn to turn, supporting expert-level moves with plenty of horsepower. F. Dardani: "The plastic feels very reactive. Fun and playful in all types of terrain and snow."

Spyne 130 LV

K2

2017

rating20.93

price$800

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.93 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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Strong fit, sturdy on-snow performance, easy customization: That's the Spyne 130 LV, a low-volume that means it. The fit relaxes a bit simply by skiing, but testers recommend custom-molding the liner, which makes a big difference. The Spyne is powerful, but you can feather the power on and off. Drift, skivot, roll 'em up high on edge and rail-this boot obeys commands and constantly exceeds expectations. Astle: "Awesomely strong. Never gives up in a turn. Very athletic, it controls the ski well and reacts quickly."

ST

Daleoot

2017

rating20.60

price$825

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.60 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX120

GENDERMale

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DaleBoots are custom-built to each owner's personal foot and leg dimensions. Local dealers take measurements and send them to the factory, where the shell components are tailored. Dealers do final fitting upon delivery. The ST's on-snow combo of brutishly powerful upper cuff and thin-walled, high-density polyether lower shell yield ridiculously strong edging in a lightweight package. Stewart: "Very powerful with lots of feel for the ski. Very foot-responsive."

Spyne 110 HV

K2

2017

rating20.58

price$650

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.58 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX110

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHWide

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This high-volume version offers Spyne sturdiness in a slightly lower-cuffed package- great for shorter, lighter guys who know how to turn it on. Testers unanimously said K2 was fibbing a bit about the HV label; almost all judged it more of a medium-width fit. With its dialed-in K2 stance setup, it makes any turn on any type of snow on any pitch, so long as you have the skills to command it. Blaylock: "A joy to have on. An even- tempered 110 flex. It's nimble and agile in all conditions and turns."

X Max 130

Salomon

2017

rating20.57

price$850

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.57 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

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The X Max is a frontside powerhouse that matches strong fit with an agile, active flex and lightweight feel underfoot to create a nice blend of edge grip and quickness that technical skiers will appreciate. Testers loved the muscular way it moves to the edge. It's strong laterally, and the tallish cuff provides tons of leverage. Jackson: "Stellar athletic stance and comfort. Awesome on snow. So solid."

VFF W

Daleoot

2017

rating20.50

price$825

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.50 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX80

GENDERFemale

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Targeted to lighter-weight and less aggressive skiers looking for fit perfection, this one hits a bull's-eye. The shell is custom-made to the user's foot shape at DaleBoot's Salt Lake City factory based on measurements taken by local dealers. It's then shipped to the dealer for final fitting and thermo-forming of the liner. Our test model was light and lively with a uniquely tuned-in feel for the ski and snow. Ross: "Agile and snappy with a smooth flex throughout. This boot rocked."

SX 90 W

Lange

2017

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rating20.43

price$550

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.43 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX90

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHWide

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Here's the top-performing wide-fit boot in the category. Even with a generous fit, the SX puts a ski on edge and ranges confidently all over the hill. Its flex is right on target and comfortable against the shin. It's solid on edge and quick in transitions. It rips in all turns, snow conditions, and terrain. It's not the easiest boot to get on, but testers said that's a fair trade-off for the performance. Eastman: "Zing! Snaps into performance mode right out of the gate. Flex is made for dynamic skiing."

Luna 80

Dalbello

2017

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rating20.40

price$400

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.40 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX80

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHWide

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Testers have applauded this one alongside boots 30 flex points stiffer and $300 more at the cash register for the last three years running. Built for less aggressive skiers who possess wider feet and ample calves, the Luna knows its job and does it well at a bargain price. It's roomy everywhere with a skooch of extra space for thicker ankles and heels. Testers said it was a fun and poppy ride no matter where they ventured. Post: "Lovely fit, fabulous balance, steers nicely. So cushy."

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