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Hawx Magna 90 W

Atomic

2017

rating20.33

price$475

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.33 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX90

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHWide

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The Hawx Magna is ideal for women with wide feet and bigger calves looking for a comfortable fit and solid all-mountain performance. It doesn't hurt that it practically puts itself on your foot. Considering its cushiness and massive volume, its snow management skills are strong. Stable lateral balance and an even flex make turn initiations almost automatic. The Power Shift feature can alter the forward-lean angle (three positions) as well as the flex. Ross: "Great, even fit, totally comfortable. Super responsive and consistent."

Alltrack Pro 110 W

Rossignol

2017

rating20.25

price$750

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.25 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX110

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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A go-anywhere, do-anything luxury SUV with a plush interior. Long and fairly open in the toe box, it tapers nicely toward the rear, gripping with padding that's firm enough to do the job well. Testers applauded the predictable and smooth edge-to-edge roll and the stable platform. Poore: "Fits a wide range of feet. Take it for a cruise or hammer down; at home in both modes."

X Pro 130

Salomon

2017

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rating20.24

price$850

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.24 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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Returning like a hard-training middleweight, the X Pro 130 is lighter and stronger than before thanks to polyamide plastic in the lower shell. It wowed testers (as always) with its perfectly even, firm, medium-width fit profile and bankable turn-to-turn dependability. Most testers put it on, skied it, and forgot that it wasn't their own boot-it's that user-friendly and comfortable. And an upright stance makes it an off-piste dream. Blaylock: "Snug in all the right places, great in all turns and conditions. An all-day-strong kind of boot."

G2 120 Powerfit

Scott

2017

rating20.17

price$649

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.17 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX120

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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Skiers with low-volume feet who can't find boots that are snug enough, swipe right. The G2 120 Powerfit is shorter and narrower than almost every other boot in the narrow category, packing the foot into a balanced and strong position over the ski. It's surprisingly powerful to the edge for a light-feeling 120 flex. It's race-boot strong and as quick edge-to-edge as anything we tested. Coulter: "Balance and flex are spot-on. Impressive quickness and steering. What's not to like?"

Pure Pro 100

Rossignol

2017

rating20.00

price$600

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.00 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX100

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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The Pure Pro is versatile in terms of both fit and performance, testers said. They gave it top marks for fore-aft support, balanced stance, and liner feel (it's "furry and fun!"). There's lots of room in the toe box, in the forefoot, and over the top of the foot; it's snugger aft toward the ankle and heel. Testers found its happy zone ripping in softer snow and making long drawn-out arcs on groomers. Finnen: "Right on the mark, a solid 100 flex. Confident, comfortable ride with a cozy cabin-liner feel."

RC 4 140 Vacuum FF

Fischer

2017

rating20.00

price$1000

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
20.00 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX140

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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The RC4 offers lightning-quick out-of-the-box performance and characteristically close Fischer fit. It has a close-to-the-ground foot feel that lets you fine-tune the arc from start to finish. Tipped-out cuff angles and extra-forward stance make for strong edging. The Vacuum fit process was a must-do for most testers. Bradley: "I love how this boot skis: smooth, effortless, very strong to the edge."

Speedmachine 105 W

Nordica

2017

rating19.90

price$599

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
19.90 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX105

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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The new Speedmachine's out-of-the-box fit was one of the best of the test, if a bit roomy for a medium-width boot in the toe box and forefoot. Flex travel is long, with well-distributed pressure along the shin. Testers thought it a little softer than its 105 rating, but there's no shortage of lateral power. It levered the ski onto edge and held it there. Testers were impressed with its speed and hard-snow game. F. Dardani: "Getting forward in this boot was effortless. So confident driving into turns."

Freedom RS 130

Scarpa

2017

rating19.92

price$829

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
19.92 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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Here's a balanced mix of light weight, smooth touring range of motion, and exceptional skiability. The Freedom RS is billed as a medium-wide 101-mm last, but testers marked it as low volume pretty much everywhere, especially in the heel. It sets the bar for uphill ease among alpine- soled touring boots while still displaying strong downhill skills. The revamped liner is firm and performance-oriented but comfortable on the shin. Gleason: "Solid to the edge; potent enough for the biggest skis."

Mach 105 W LV

Tecnica

2017

rating19.86

price$720

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
19.86 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELIntermediate

FLEX105

GENDERFemale

LAST WIDTHNarrow

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A narrower version of the well-liked MV, this snug-fitting performer suits aggressive skiers who like it tight and don't mind the thought of a little boot work. The clever Custom Adaptive Shape features make it easier for boot-fitters to dial the fit. On-hill it provided constant control and predictable power. It was strong but not overly aggressive, quick without feeling too twitchy. Post: "Perfect for most advanced skiing women. Superior quickness and out-of-this-world edge power."

Pinnacle Pro

K2

2017

rating19.78

price$950

Ratings
Overall Impression: 
19.78 / 5

YEAR2016/2017

LEVELAdvanced

FLEX130

GENDERMale

LAST WIDTHMedium

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A pretty snug medium, the Pinnacle Pro fits especially close at the instep, ankle, and navicular bone, testers said. The toe box is wide. It's surprisingly strong on edge given its lightweight all-Pebax construction. Testers hammered it all over and couldn't ever push it to edge-grip failure, though a few of the heavier testers thought that the flex maxed out under heavy loads. The hike mechanism offers a huge range of motion and is smooth both fore and aft. Astle: "An awesome, athletic boot."

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