K2 Minaret 100

Model Year
2016-17
Category
All-Mountain Walk
Last Width
100mm
Flex Index
100
Price (MSRP)
$750.00USD

The Gist

Solid and snugger-than-medium ripper for on-area charging and the occasional jaunt, the Minaret 100 was a tester favorite for its ready skiing game and long range of motion in hike mode.

Fit

Testers concur that the fit across the top of the foot and in the toebox is something of a problem until the liner is properly heat molded with toecaps and pre-pads for one's midfoot bump. After that was accomplished, testers loved the snug-all-over fit (even though it remains on the tight side of medium). The flex feel is on target at 100, they said, and they like the flex feel and cushion of the tongue against the tibia.

Performance

Testers just put it on and went skiing—no having to figure out how it worked or modify their stance and style. They just went out and ripped around the mountain. A few said the fore-aft stance was a little forward, but nothing that couldn't be improved by modifying the rear spoiler. Solid at speed, solid on hard snow, agile and accurate in tight spots—there wasn't anything holding this boot back on the down. Testers liked the function and range of motion (forward and back, both) of the Synchro Interlock mechanism but said the boot felt too heavy for long sorties beyond the area boundary.

Cool Features

Sole lug-integrated tech fittings provide the option to use a lighter weight, low-tech binding or stick with alpine norm bindings. This year rockered, Vibram soles are available at an additional charge.

Gender 
Women's
Sizes (MP) 
22.5, 23.5—27.5
Hike Mode 
Yes
Heat Moldable Liner 
Yes
Construction 
Overlap
Boot width profile 
Medium
Also in this Collection 
, *note the Minaret 100 LV is a 97mm last $750, Minaret 80 is a 102mm last, $650

Kudos

  • “Snug fit allows for responsive edging moves.” -- Emma Christensen
  • “Solid, ready to rumble—don't think just go ski it!” -- Liz Elling
  • “Comfortable and adaptive features.” -- Kristina "Rev" Revello
  • “A stout 100 flex for a hike mode boot—more power than the competitors. Rip the way down!” -- Emily Poore

Caveats

  • “I've got a pressure point at the instep.” -- Emma Christensen
  • “Tight toebox fit prior to molding the liner.” -- Liz Elling
  • “Cuff felt soft and overly forward for me.” -- Amy Post
  • “Tight in the heel and over the top of foot—be sure to mold the liner.” -- Emily Poore

This boot available at...

Seattle, WA
Warren, VT
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Telluride, CO
Telluride, CO
Ellicottville, NY

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