Fischer Ranger 12 Alpine Boots

Your skis might be flashier, but your boots are the more critical piece of gear. You could roll the dice and buy online, but we highly recommend getting them the old-fashioned way: in person. The more knowledgeable the

BEST FOR: SIDECOUNTRY

This 120-flex-rated boot has a Vibram sole for better traction on hikes, and it can be set to any of three different modes: lock (for aggressive skiing), ride (for softer snow), and hike (for heading up).

Brand: Fischer $679
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