The first step in your ultimate boot search is to know thyself! How and where do you want to ski? Are you groomer-centric or an off-piste munk junkie? Are you a human-powered ascent machine or a burger-loving fan of the chairlift and apres cocktails? Answers to these questions will guide you toward one of our five Boot Test Categories: Frontside, All-Mountain Traditional, All-Mountain Walk, All-Mountain Freeride and Backcountry. Once you're there, your search is fine-tuned by matching your foot shape to a boot's Last Width (some categories have more options there) and addressing your performance needs by choosing the appropriate Flex Index (see our reviews Detailed Specs to find softer versions of the models we tested).
More boot brands than ever are focusing on offering custom fit technology in their boots. It’s accepted wisdom that boots that better match the foot and leg shape are more comfortable, provide better balance and perform at a higher level.
It's tough to grade boots. Fit is personal and is so critical to the match between skier and boot, and all the boots we test are among each brand's best. That's why you find a review forevery boot we test on bootfitters.com. We know there are foot matches out there for each of these models.
Forget the Alta Chutes or Killington’s Superstar minefield. The most difficult ski challenge you’ll probably ever face is finding a comfortable fitting boot that also performs well. Here are 10 tips from ABB’s Certified Boot Techs to will make sure your next boot is your best ever.