(Inga Hendrickson)
2020 Winter Buyers Guide

The Best Alpine Ski Boots of 2020

Control made comfortable


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Lange LX 100 ($500)

(Courtesy Lange)

The 100-flex LX brings Lange’s race-bred technology to intermediate skiers. Its 102-millimeter last is generous, but nothing is dumbed down about the Dual Core shell, which sandwiches soft plastic in rigid materials to let the boot compress and rebound.

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Nordica Speedmachine Elite ($1,000)

(Courtesy Nordica)

With infrared rays and small suction cups, retailers can sculpt the women’s 115-flex Speedmachine Elite’s light Grilamid and polyurethane shell with surgical precision. (The men’s version has a flex of 130.) Pair that with the insulated liner and you have a comfy boot that’s quick and agile edge to edge.

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Head Nexo RS ($825)

(Courtesy Head)

At a feathery three pounds seven ounces, the Nexo had us doubting it would deliver on its promise of a stiff 130 flex. But even 200-pound skiers enjoyed ample control during maneuvers in steep chutes and trees. The trade-off? More vibration.

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Salomon S/Pro 120 ($800)

(Courtesy Salomon)

Testers raved about the 2019 S/Pro’s sensitivity. That made it ideal off-piste, where terrain and conditions change rapidly. And its progressive 120 flex let testers land jumps and pinball around bumps without shin pain.

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Rossignol Alltrack Elite 120 W ($750)

(Courtesy Rossignol)

Don’t be fooled by the touring features, which include Dynafit-certified tech inserts and a hike mode. Everything else about the 120-flex Alltrack is designed for missile-fast descents. Rigid plastic along the bottom of the foot, with softer material at the cuff for easy entry, stiffens the boot for power transmission without adding weight.

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Tecnica Mach1 LV ($840)

(Courtesy Tecnica)

Narrow-footed rippers, here’s your 120-flex savior. Tecnica’s boot designers optimized the 98-millimeter last for women’s feet, and the liner’s infusion of Celliant (a thermo-reactive polymer that bounces infrared heat back at your body) had testers shredding on instead of retreating to the lodge.

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From Winter 2020 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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