Garmont Shaman (2010)
This simple, powerful boot returns for its third season unchanged. Bravo to Garmont for not messing with a good thing. With a stiff flex and two sets of soles (alpine and lugged hiking), it’s prepared to slay icy inbounds steeps as well as bootpack or skin to access sidecountry powder. PLUS: Epitomizes the freeride-boot concept: powerful and precise, yet comfortable and forgiving. MINUS: None. Testers universally admired it.