K2 Minaret 100

Model Year
2014-15
Category
All-Mountain Walk
Last Width
100
Flex Index
100
Price (MSRP)
$750.00USD

While there wasn't a heap of all-new women's boots in the category this year, the medium-width K2 Minaret 100 is one of them. We know girls like presents, and somebody had better get this one on the shopping list, because our test team said it's a gift they'd gladly give themselves this season. There are a lot of good-fitting boots in this group, so what tips the scales for our test team here? How it skis. They unanimously approved the balanced stance and ski movements made in every direction.

This was a tough 100 flex, they said, with a long-traveling flex feel that loaded energy to the ski predictably but provided a solid rearward backstop that maintained balance. Testers were impressed with the boot's responsiveness edge to edge and logged many comments about how crisp and snappy this three-buckle's turns felt. Some testers felt the stance bordered on overly forward with the rear spoiler in place, but most liked it as is. The Velcro rear spoiler is easily removed or even grinded to an in-between thickness to suit individual preference.

The Minaret's liner got a no-hotspot report on its out-of-box fit, but the Intuition LuxFit Tour construction bodes well for future fit tuning with high-heat stacks molding at a specialty bootfitting shop. Testers made note of the liner's flex notches—they work, they said—which help access the Synchro Interlock releasable cuff's long range of motion.

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5, 23.5-27.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Heat Moldable Liner 
Yes
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium

Kudos

  • “Great stance with a good, even, responsive flex. Best of test for me.” -- Lee Ann Ross
  • “The stance is ideal—perfectly forward and made me ski well.” -- Allison McGuirk
  • “The stance and firm, even flex makes all things possible. Fun, versatile boot for a strong skier.” -- Amy Post
  • “They walked great and were not cold.” -- Danielle Goldsmith-Rahill
  • “Lots of forward travel, which I liked. Very soft and comfortable.” -- Ashley Teren
  • “Such a responsive boot—so stable for a three-buckle. Skis like a dream.” -- Emily Poore
  • “Fun, playful feel—great for an advanced, adventure skier.” -- Julia Carr

Caveats

This boot available at...

Westwood, NJ
Ellicottville, NY
Killington, VT
Warren, VT

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