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October 6, 2010
Fur lining adds a measure of comfort, but Fischer’s top-performing women’s boot fits snugly and accurately, with power to spare for expert women. Two softer versions—the 100 and 90S—share the same forefoot width but are softer-flexing.
October 6, 2010
The Soul Sister is a tried-and-true tester favorite. Not all testers are fans of the lightweight, softer-flexing cabrio style, but its admirers praise it with unusual ardor. Consider also the new Mary Jane—the Influence shell fit makes sense for wider feet.
October 6, 2010
Full Tilt fans say their boots feel like anatomical extensions of their bodies, thanks in large part to the lower hinge point. The flex feels soft, but the shell tongue provides progressively more resistance toward the end of its range. Only two models, the Seth and First Chair, are stiffer than the Konflict.
October 6, 2010
Live Fit expansion panels at the forefoot make this 102-millimeter last feel like 106 for those who need the room. It’s not just a comfort thing: An unconfined foot, Atomic argues, has better control over the ski. Women’s models range in flex from 90 down to 60.
October 6, 2010
Except for the race boots, the Burner 120 is the most accurate and powerful Atomic. No flex or fit zones—just basic four-buckle overlap construction in a narrow 98-millimeter last, with freeride touches (shock absorption, grippy soles) to make it all-mountain-friendly.
October 6, 2010
The top-performing women’s Krypton comes with two liner choices: ID, the foot-wrapping Intuition liner for women with warmth and fit issues; and a traditional ready-to-ski liner. As with any Krypton, the narrow fit, progressive flex, and lower hinge point define its performance.
October 6, 2010
A race-bred, narrow-width offering is no longer missing from Dalbello’s line. The Scorpion, also available in freeride versions, employs a contemporary upright stance. It’s shaped to allow a little extra room in the trouble spots that usually require customization.
October 6, 2010
Female testers appreciate Head’s effort in creating a line of women’s boots built on a female-specific shell. It fits much more snugly than the 102-millimeter last suggests, sculpted to match women’s narrower feet and lower calf muscles. And that good fit begets game-changing performance.
October 6, 2010
The Vector is built for all-day comfort—warm, roomy in the forefoot, easy to get off and on—but it knows where the edge of the ski is and how to get you there. Testers like the Spineflex buckles: The catches are flexible, like vertebrae, for improved shell-wrap.
October 6, 2010
Rossi makes a stiffer, narrower boot (the Pro 100) in the women’s Electra line, but testers greatly preferred the Sensor3 90. The fit is more accurate without any comfort or performance compromises, thanks to a liner that’s especially well tailored to the female foot.