Salomon Instinct CS (2010)
A women-specific version of Salomon’s X3-RC, the Instinct comes with a shorter cuff and a softer flex. It’s plenty powerful for the most athletic skiers and uses the same patented custom-shell technology, which lets you heat and instantly mold the plastic to your foot without the help of a bootfitter. PLUS: Precise foot-to-snow feel. MINUS: With all that extra performance, comfort becomes secondary.