How Do We Create The World's Best Ski Boot Reviews?
These are folks that spend long hours in ski boots for many days throughout the season and know what skiers are looking for in terms of fit and performance. On top of that, we have testers that are avid skiers that come to us from outside the industry--doctors, photographers, marketing folks, moms and dads.
Boots are tested for a variety of elements in five key parameters: Anatomical Fit & Initial Feel, Dynamic Balance, Edge Power & Fore-Aft Support, Quickness & Agility and Convenience Warmth & Features. Within each of those broad parameters testers consider many factors. For example, Anatomical Fit and Feel is broken down into specific sub-sets, like entry-exit, stance, flex feel, closure system and individual fit tension scores for toebox, forefoot, navicular, lateral column, ankle, heel, instep and calf. Good boot testers can evaluate all these elements fairly, even when a boot isn’t necessarily right for his or her foot—and they enjoy it. Yes, strange indeed.
This year we reduced the total number of boots in the test to offer reviews of only a select crop of new and unchanged models, and as such, we’ve awarded each of these boots our 2021 Editor’s Choice award. We hope our reviews speed your search toward your next great boot!