Getting the right ski boots makes a big difference. Not only will the pair you pick determine how you tour and control your downhill performance, but they’ll affect whether you’re comfortable or torn up by the end of your tour. These five pairs are a good bet for your next buy.
Dynafit Hoji Pro Tour
The lock system in the Hoji Pro Tour is so easy that you barely need to think about it—just flip the lever at the back of the boot down to ski or up to tour, without fiddling with buckles or powerstraps.
Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro
Looks can be deceiving. Take the new Zero G: a four-buckle ski boot with a flex of 130. It is the hands-down best boot for downhill skiing in this lineup— and yet it slides in under the 6-pound mark.
The F1 is the lightest boot in our ski test this year. But it can also drive mid-fat skis—that’s a contradiction that we can get behind. Weight savings come from a design that employs just one buckle (on the upper) and a Boa closure system (on the lower).
Arc’teryx Procline Ar Carbon
When Arc’teryx first launched the mountaineering-focused Procline two years ago, we called it the most agile ski boot we’d ever tried and gave it an Editors’ Choice Award. Its revolutionary two-part carbon cuff system allows the ankle to rotate forward and back more than 75 degrees and laterally 35 degrees—first-of-its-kind mobility for a ski boot.
Baffin 3 Pin Guide Pro
The 3Pin Guide Pro, which is compatible with any three-pin binding, has a removable, multi-layer liner with gel-based insulation. The EVA midsole is a welcome addition for anyone used to hard ski boots, and the built-in gaiter goes knee- high to prevent snow from creeping in if you’re breaking trail.