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Comfort

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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
Testers warn that the fit is aggressive, but they love the performance. The upright stance requires an adjustment, but it’s well balanced for high edge angles on hard snow. It grips the foot like a race boot, but a panel of soft plastic at the throat makes it stunningly easy to get on.
October 7, 2010
If basic black isn’t your style, meet the Jah—an all-mountain adaptation of the Dobermann 130 Pro with more youthful graphics. It gets extra shock absorption and a fur liner, and the boot board isn’t bolted down, as in the Pro 130, so it’s a little less touchy.
October 7, 2010
The women’s version of the Impact series is flawless. With the 100-millimeter last and expandable shell, it’s hard to imagine a foot it won’t fit comfortably. Its 85-flex performance keeps most experts happy, with the integrity learners need too. Want more oomph? Get the Idol 9 or the snug, race-bred Instinct (both 90 flex).
October 7, 2010
If it’s snug-fitting, race-bred performance you require, go with Salomon’s X3-10 CS (120 flex) or Falcon CS Pro (100). The Impact 10 (120 flex)—or the 9 (100)—offers a good blend of all-day comfort with sufficiently inspiring performance. A tester favorite.
October 7, 2010
The Quest line sacrifices some hard-snow precision and power, but the alpine/AT hybrid design offers a nice blend of alpine skiability with AT lightness, comfort, and hike/tour ease. It’s cool, adventuresome, and easy on the feet. Are we ready for quiver boots?
September 29, 2010
A hand-activated pump mounted on the cuff of the Phoenix 80 inflates bladders attached to the shell in the forefoot and ankle areas. Pump them full of air for a snug, customized fit in these key areas. It’s a new technology from Tecnica (available in stiffer, more expensive boots, too). Fit customization doesn’t get any easier.
September 29, 2010
Warm, lightweight and roomy, the RS 8 gives intermediate women a comfortable home base from which to master new skills. Salomon’s new V-shape last provides a snug fit at the heel and a wide fit at the forefoot and toes—a nice combination of comfort and performance. The inner boot is “fur”-lined, and the cuff adjusts to fit a wide variety of troublesome calf shapes.
September 29, 2010
Usually, a ski/walk feature compromises performance by weakening the rearward support the spine provides. Not so with the Delight Pro. The cuff releases to vertical, making it easy to get around between runs, but there’s little loss of rearward integrity. The low cuff is designed to accommodate a woman’s calf. The liner is cushy and warm. And it skis with reasonable accuracy.
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