For years, people have triedand failedto make an alpine ski boot that performs well on the slopes but lets you walk around the lodge without clomping. The new APEX, by APEX SPORTS GROUP , employs a custom-moldable inner liner that's a bona fide bootyou could wear it to a restaurant. When paired with a carbon-fiber chassis and cuff, it skis as well as a traditional, moderately stiff alpine boot. $1,295; apexskiboot.com
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