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September 14, 2011
One of a host of new side- and backcountry-ready boots built to handle aggressive descents, the Hurricane comes ready to step into alpine or AT bindings and includes lugged soles for ski mountaineering. The boots weigh only eight pounds, four ounces per pair but earned tester praise for their downhill power and ability to drive big skis over challenging terrain—inbounds and out. Scarpa’s PowerBlock walk/ski mechanism is exceptionally rigid in ski mode but allows plenty of ankle articulation for striding uphill. Warm, light Intuition liners provide a custom fit. The Booster strap acts like another buckle, making this rip-ready charger exceptionally responsive. [$739; scarpa.com]
October 7, 2010
The new Mobe comes with the same sturdy ski/walk mechanism as the Hurricane, but thanks to its environmentally friendly Pebax shell, fewer chemicals are used in its production and it’s a touch lighter and stiffer. Its fixed, lugged sole is compatible with any AT binding.
October 7, 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 7, 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 7, 2010
Women with narrow feet (or good bootfitters) will prefer the accuracy of the 97-millimeter-wide RX Pro 100, but the RX 100 kept testers happy with a comfortable fit, fur liner, and plenty of responsiveness. It comes in 90- and 80-flex versions too.
October 7, 2010
In general, the RX is slightly wider than the RS, with a 100-millimeter forefoot width, compared to 97 in the RS. (Exceptions: Lange makes a 97-millimeter RX Pro 130 and a 100-millimeter RS 110 Wide.) With the new stance, testers found it skis more from the heel than the forefoot, but they had no trouble adjusting.
October 7, 2010
Testers loved the new upright stance. It’s quite a change from forward-leaning Langes of the past, but the adjustment is an easy one. And the fit is noticeably better for a variety of feet, without sacrificing the steering power you get from a snug heel pocket.
October 7, 2010
Women get their versions of the Inferno too, with lower, scalloped cuffs and female-specific fits. With a snug fit, a 100 flex, and a warm, velvety liner, the Crush is a nice compromise between power-when-you-need-it and all-day comfort. Easy to get on and off, too.
October 7, 2010
If the 130 (or even the 110) is stiffer than you want, the Blaze is considerably more relaxed. (Your first clue: the faux fur.) The liner is more padded, the sole is unreinforced, and the boot board is rubberized to absorb shocks, but the foot-hold is similarly precise—and it’s even easier to get on and off.
October 7, 2010
Finally, a true expert-freeride Dobermann for women—and raves from our testers to go with it. It’s race-snug and powerful, with freeride-appropriate shock absorption, a calf-friendly cuff, and a cush fur liner (which feels tight but packs out quickly). A strong boot for strong girls.
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