Its dark-knight graphics hint at the Viron's stealthy attitude on snow - quick and quiet, it links surefooted arcs through anything. While the 103 mm forefoot is generous and well shaped, the retention through the midfoot, instep and ankles was snuggest-in-category and nicely supportive of strong skiing movements. No utility belt, but grippy heel plates and a heater battery mount are trick. "One of those rare, wide boots with good skiing geometry and enough rigidity to support a big man," said Gleason. OR "Great stance for relaxed skiing," said Schaffner. "On-hill fit was solid." Notes: Rapid Slide system makes entry and exit super easy, dual eliptical cam canting provides easy lateral adjustment range, heat system ready cuff feature makes for easy racking of battery pack, profiled heel plates provide better grip for hiking and walking, H.I.P.E. liner maximizes warmth through layering of mesh and an aluminum coating.