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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
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 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
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.
October 7, 2010
You’ll see a lot of instructors and patrollers in this one—just wide enough for all-day comfort, but well balanced and plenty responsive to the moves of a skilled technician. Again, liner integrity is key—firm but anatomically shaped and skillfully manufactured.
October 7, 2010
For the aggressive big-mountain skier looking for a snug fit, the Squad Pro offers race-bred performance with a grippy, hike-ready sole. The forward lean is fairly pronounced, suiting it well to an attacking style. The liner is handsomely crafted with comfortable materials.
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.