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R9.8 130

Tecnica

2015

price$700

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98mm

SIZES4-11.5 US

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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."

Freedom SL

Scarpa

2015

price$769

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH101 mm

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Testers liked how this Salomon blended the on-piste power of the X-Max line with a little more width and a cushier liner. The stance angles positioned them well for go- anywhere performance and comfort. Big, strong testers welcomed the firm feel and tall cuff. Shorter guys felt overmatched. The shell can be heat-molded to fit a huge variety of feet. Mark Elling: "Agile, with nice bite when on a rail.“

Quest Pro 130

Salomon

2015

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price$700

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100–106 mm

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The Quest Pro blends Quest-line cuff releasability with the heat-moldable shell morphology of the Pro series. Testers liked the silky liner feel and the surprisingly secure closure provided by the revised three-buckle system. It's a good setup for rolling up on edge in soft snow and making playful arcs in off-piste conditions, though some testers wanted more hard-snow edginess. Orlich: "Comfy, warm, convenient.“

X Pro 130

Salomon

2015

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price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100–106 mm

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The Quest Pro blends Quest-line cuff releasability with the heat-moldable shell morphology of the Pro series. Testers liked the silky liner feel and the surprisingly secure closure provided by the revised three-buckle system. It‘s a good setup for rolling up on edge in soft snow and making playful arcs in off-piste conditions, though some testers wanted more hard-snow edginess. Orlich: "Comfy, warm, convenient.“

X Max 130

Salomon

2015

price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH98–104 mm

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Testers liked how this Salomon blended the on-piste power of the X-Max line with a little more width and a cushier liner. The stance angles positioned them well for go-anywhere performance and comfort. Big, strong testers welcomed the firm feel and tall cuff. Shorter guys felt overmatched. The shell can be heat-molded to fit a huge variety of feet. Mark Elling: "Agile, with nice bite when on a rail."

Alltrack 120

Rossignol

2015

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price$700

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH102mm

SIZES24.5-31.5

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Hey, Bigfoot. Yeah, you, the wide-foot, thick-calf ripper. Here‘s one of only three wide-fit hike-mode boots that made the medal cut. Many of our narrower-footed testers loved the Alltrack too, appreciating the bonus room for the forefoot to spread and find balance. It may be wide, but its stance and solid shell construction give it great feel for the snow. Hoffmann: "Easy on and off, and for a wide ride it skis great."

Alltrack Pro 130

Rossignol

2015

price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100mm

SIZES24.5-31.5

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The Alltrack‘s fit and ride performance are a combo that‘s hard to beat. Testers said it‘s easygoing yet powerful on edge. The toe box is a little longer and wider than usual in a medium width, but the fit tapers rearward with precisely shaped ankle and heel contours. The stance is upright and relaxed, but the flex pattern is long enough and strong enough to pressure the ski. Evans:"Cadillac comfort; strong carves.“

NXT N 1

Nordica

2015

price$649

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH102mm

SIZES24.5-32.5

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This one‘s an easy rider: easy fitting, easy to ski, easy to like. It rolls out a welcome mat for the widest of feet. The clever calf adjuster flares open the back of the cuff to accommodate barrel-size calves. The liner is soft, but it‘s not mushy, and the N1‘s no pushover. Testers said it moved smoothly from turn to turn and connected solidly to the ski. Costales: "Super roomy for the larger foot. Seems warm too."

Experience SI 130

Rossignol

2015

price$800

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH97mm

SIZES24.5-30.5

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Rossi‘s only non-race narrow-fit boot topped its class for the second year running. It‘s engineered to provide power and accuracy the masses can appreciate. Testers loved its flawless stance and flex feel. The liner grips the rear foot with high- performance snugness, but the fit around the rest of the foot is relaxed. It‘s still a true 97-mm fit, but a humane one. Gabriel: "Perfect agility and feel for the snow.“

NRGy Pro 1

Nordica

2015

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price$749

YEAR2014/2015

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTH100mm

SIZES24.0-31.0

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