Dalbello Proton Surge (2010)
Unlike the Krypton Pro, the Surge is a four-buckle overlap boot with a traditional feel: Power is derived from flexing the boot forward. A carbon-reinforced spine helps transfer energy to the ski, while a slightly relaxed width makes it comfortable all day. It’s well suited for cruising groomers or charging crud. PLUS: Cushy furlike liners retain heat well. MINUS: Our skinny-footed testers found it a tad roomy.