Updated on October 18, 2021

Big, clunky, and absolutely pivotal to any good ride, ski boots are the most essential component of any skier’s gear. They affect your comfort, maneuverability, technique and, most importantly, happiness. So although the price of ski boots may be a bit intimidating, take a breath, do some research with us, and let us help you find the best ski boots for you off the list below. Our experts here at the Adventure Junkies rifled through the intersphere to bring you our favorite picks. With affordable, durable, and in-between options, this list offers something for everyone.

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Quick Answer - The Best Ski Boots

  1. Tecnica Mach1 MV 120
  2. Rossignol Alltrack 90
  3. Lange RX 130 GW
  4. Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130
  5. Scarpa F1
  6. Salomon QST Pro 100
  7. Dynafit Hoji Pro Tour
  8. K2 Recon 120 MV
  9. Nordica Speedmachine 110
  10. Rossignol Evo 70

 

Comparison Table - Best Ski Boots

PictureNameFlexWidthBucklesPriceRating
Tecnica Mach1 MV 120Tecnica Mach1 MV 120Stiff, 120Medium4$$5.0
Rossignol Alltrack 90Rossignol Alltrack 90Medium, 90Medium4$4.8
Lange RX 130 GWLange RX 130 GWStiff, 130Medium4$$$4.8
Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130Stiff, 130Narrow4$$$4.4
Scarpa F1Scarpa F1Medium, 95Medium2$$4.6
Salomon QST Pro 100Salomon QST Pro 100Medium, 100Medium3$4.0
Dynafit Hoji Pro TourMedium, 120Medium3$$$4.3
K2 Recon 120 MVMedium, 120Medium4$$4.9
Nordica Speedmachine 110Medium, 100Medium4$4.7
Rossignol Evo 70Soft, 70Wide3$4.6
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Reviews - The Best Boots for Skiing

Tecnica Mach1 MV 120

Specs
  • Flex: Stiff, 120
  • Width: Medium
  • Buckles: 4
Features
  • Dimples on the shells reduce surface tension and facilitate heating, making it easier to customize the shell
  • Celliant® in liners reflect body heat
  • 4 micro-adjustable buckles and solid 120 flex
Tecnica Mach1 MV 120

TOP OVERALL SKI BOOT

This boot’s claim to fame is how consistent the flex is designed to be, independent of the temperature outside.

Tecnica’s Mach1 MV 120 boots sport a roomier toe box than earlier iterations as well as a customizable liner that allows you to dial in the perfect fit. We chose this as our top overall ski boot in part because the mid-volume 100mm last is suited for the average foot and the shell is specifically designed to match the shape of a foot, making for a comfortable all-around ski boot that fits a wide range of experience levels.

What I like most about the Tecnica Mach1 MV 120s is just how well the technology allows you to customize the perfect fit.

Rossignol Alltrack 90

Specs
  • Flex: Medium, 90
  • Width: Medium
  • Buckles: 4
Features
  • Dual Core technology provides targeted power transmission and shell wrapping
  • Releasable cuffs offer a 50° range of motion in walk mode for efficient hiking and maximum power transmission in ski mode
  • Full custom liners are thermomoldable for a precise fit
Rossignol Alltrack 90

BEST FOR: SKIERS ON A BUDGET

If you’re an intermediate level skier who mainly stays in bounds, this a solid pair of boots worth considering — especially for the affordable $350 price tag.

Boots from Rossignol’s Alltrack line are a popular all-around choice for the average downhill skier whom might also do a little hiking. This hybrid boot is available in the standard 90 flex but includes a variety of different flexes for different levels of skiers. It features a 102mm last, a walk mode and is lightly insulated, as well, which gives the boot an added degree of comfort.

What I like most about the Alltrack 90s is that they’re compatible with GripWalk soles, which allows for a more natural hiking position.

Lange RX 130 GW

Specs
  • Flex: Stiff, 130
  • Width: Medium
  • Buckles: 4
Features
  • Liner incorporates three types of high density foam for full customization and maximum comfort.
  • Constructed with high energy PU for a consistent and dynamic flex.
  • 45mm power strap adds rigidity and a more locked in feel from the cuff.
  • GripWalk Soles for better grip on uncertain and icy surfaces.
Lange RX 130 GW

BEST FOR: INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED SKIERS

If you’re looking for a boot that charges as hard as you do, consider this all-mountain redesign of a traditional downhill racing style boot.

The Lange RX 130 is offered in 97 or 100mm lasts and best suited for advanced level skiers. Experienced skiers will be able to really appreciate the progressive flex and how comfortable the Dual 3D Full Liner feels. The boot comes standard with grip walk soles and is available in a low volume version, as well.

What I like most about this boot is how customizable the fit and shell are.

Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130

Specs
  • Flex: Stiff, 130
  • Width: Narrow
  • Buckles: 4
Features
  • Prolite shell keeps the boot at a touring-friendly weight
  • Free/Lock 2.0 walk mode initiates a 54-degree range of motion
  • Skywalk rubber sole compatible with tech and GripWalk
Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130

BEST FOR: COMBINATION OF RESORT & TOURING

When you’re an experienced skier looking for a superior crossover resort and backcountry option, keep the Atomic Hawx in mind.

Specifically built for backcountry adventure, these high performance ski boots include a large walk/ride lever, inserts at the toe that are tech-binding compatible, and a relatively slim profile compared to other boots on this list. Atomic offers the flex in a variety of different sizes. 

What I like most about the Atomic Hawx Ultra XTDs is that they’re also available in a Hawx Prime model with a little more volume for those with wider feet.

Scarpa F1

Specs
  • Flex: Medium, 95
  • Width: Medium
  • Buckles: 2
Features
  • Embedded RECCO® reflector enhances radio signals from search-and-rescue RECCO detectors, helping speed up the search for a buried avalanche victim
  • Grilamid shells and cuffs deliver lightweight performance
  • Carbon Core technology provides outstanding torsional rigidity (resistance to twist)
Scarpa F1

BEST FOR: ULTRALIGHT BACKCOUNTRY SKIERS

If you’re looking for the lightest, high-performance backcountry boot out there, look to the F1 — it weighs in at just over 5 lbs for the pair.

Scarpa designed the F1 ski boots with top-of-the-line Boa shell closure, which provides for a quick and secure fit. The boot includes integrated RECCO reflectors, which provide a benefit in emergency situations such as avalanches. In walk mode, these provide for 62 degrees of cuff rotation. In fact, the F1’s walk mode is one of its stand-out features, making this boot one mean climbing machine.

What I like most about the Scarpa F1s is the grippy Vibram sole.

Salomon QST Pro 100

Specs
  • Flex: Medium, 100
  • Width: Medium
  • Buckles: 3
Features
  • Heat Moldable Liner For Extra Comfort
  • Soft Material For Lighter Skiing
  • Customizable Shell For Personal Preferences
Salomon QST Pro 100

BEST FOR: RELAXED SKIERS

With a sleek, stylish, and impressive design, Salomon’s QST Pro 100 ski boots are a great option for the average, relaxed rider. With a medium flex and medium width, the average foot should fit nicely into these boots. Plus with a customizable shell, you can personalize this boot to your skiing preferences. 

Unlike most boots, the QST Pro boots come with only three straps, instead of four.  This makes them a more comfortable option, but may mean they’re not as durable as other models with the extra strap.

Dynafit Hoji Pro Tour


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Specs
  • Flex: Medium, 120
  • Width: Medium
  • Buckles: 3
Features
  • Crampon-Attachment Capability For Hiking
  • Both Ski And Tour Mode For Backcountry Skiers
  • 11 Degree Forward Lean For Enhanced Downhill Performance

BEST FOR: ALPINE TOURING SKIERS

Its name may be a mouthful, but it describes the boot to a dime. These Dynafit boots are best for any skier looking to enjoy an extended alpine tour. That could be around the mountain nearby or off into Patagonia for an extended vacation, but in any case, these backcountry-specific designed boots will keep you feeling safe and sturdy on any terrain. 

Having won several awards from Powder Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, and various other publications, you can rest assured that you’re getting one of the best boots out there with the Hoji Pro Tour boots. They’ll cost you a pretty penny though, so if you choose to go with a higher end boot, we suggest this one for extended-touring riders specifically.

K2 Recon 120 MV

Specs
  • Flex: Medium, 120
  • Width: Medium
  • Buckles: 4
Features
  • Foam Liners Are Fully Heat Moldable To Your Foot For Maximum Comfort
  • Strategically Placed Stiff Plastic To Increase Power Transfer To Mountain
  • Easy-Entry And Exit Design

BEST FOR: INTERMEDIATE RIDERS

K2’s Recon 120 MV Boots are only a fraction of the cost of other high-end boots, but come equipped with all the same features. From a powerlite shell built to reduce weight and increase performance to a soft inner design for comfort, K2’s Recon boots will leave you feeling comfortable and powerful on the slopes. We recommend these budget-friendly boots to resort skiers looking for a reliable boot for their weekend trips to the mountain.

Nordica Speedmachine 110

Specs
  • Flex: Medium, 100
  • Width: Medium
  • Buckles: 4
Features
  • Heat-Moldable Fit To Relieve Pressure For All Day Wear
  • Lightweight Design To Maximize Power And Comfort
  • Waterproof Weather Shield To Prevent A Leaky Boot

BEST FOR: BEGINNER SKIERS

The Nordica Speedmachine 100 ski boot will give you a comfortable, sturdy ride across any mountain. At a much more affordable price than other boots, the Speedmachine boots are made from a majority of recycled materials and include a built-in weather shield to prevent any unwanted leakage. 

Customizable, lightweight, and powerful like most other boots, the Nordica Speedmachine 100 boots are a great introduction to high-level boots for any beginner skier.

Rossignol Evo 70

Specs
  • Flex: Soft, 70
  • Width: Wide
  • Buckles: 3
Features
  • Wide Shaped Design Makes This Boot A Good Choice For People With Wide Feet
  • Soft Plastic Around Instep For Easy Entry
  • Customizable Liner For Ultimate Comfort

BEST FOR: COMFORT SEEKERS

With a softer flex than other boots on our list and wider dimensions to match that, Rossignol’s Evo Ski Boots are one of the most comfortable pair of boots out there. Built for beginner skiers, this is a lightweight, easy-to-control boot that will mend and adjust to any movement you torque it in. 

If you do think you’ll be pushing your limits or know you tend to improve quickly, we suggest you go with a stiffer, more durable boot on the list. But if price is your worry and comfort your priority, then consider these Evo ski boots as your next pair of boots on the mountain.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING SKI BOOTS

Even your skis aren’t as intricate in detail as a good pair of ski boots. Each pair varies widely and their features can drastically affect the boot itself. Make sure to do some research before buying your own pair of boots. We recommend checking out what REI has to say on How To Choose Ski Boots and reading along EVO’s Ski Boot Buying Guide for more information. Otherwise, we’ve outlined a few key notes to consider when starting your search.

TYPE OF SKIING

First and foremost, what kind of skiing will you do? Do you intend to ski in-bounds at the resort, or are you thinking about hiking up to the summit every now and again for some side-country? Maybe you’re even thinking about touring out into the backcountry for a week at a time. In any case, make sure you buy the right boot for you. Not all boots work best in all environments. Some are built specifically for touring. Others specialize in easy, ski-area terrain. Gauge your interests first, then look at buying boots.

 

PRICE

Boots can be expensive. Very expensive. Unless you’re an elite skier, the $500 and above price range probably isn’t for you. But if you’re a true beginner, a $200 boot will do just the trick. Unlike other essentials, cheap boots will work fine at a ski area. Once you start progressing, aim for more expensive boots. Only consider the really expensive ones once you’re thoroughly committed to skiing.

 

FLEX

Ski boots come with various different flex levels. In fact, Powderlife provides a good explanation of Everything You Need To Know About Flex for more information. But in short, the lower the number or flexibility, the more pliable the boot. The higher the number, the stiffer the boot. Soft boots create a more free-flowing experience and are meant for riders looking to seamlessly float from one feature to the other. Stiff boots, on the other hand, create a more aggressive posture that forces skiers onto their toes.

As a general rule of thumb, advanced skiers prefer stiffer boots because stiff boots give the skier more control but keep in mind they also require more effort to use. Beginners usually tend to like softer or medium-flex boots as soft boots provide more forgiveness while learning.

In any case, there are great skiers with low flex and bad skiers with high flex. But generally speaking, the stiffer the boot, the more power and control you’ll have and the softer the boot, the more forgiving your experience.

 

WIDTH

Some boots are narrow. Some medium. Some wide. If your foot is too big, it simply won’t fit into a narrow boot. But even if it does, you may not want an overly tight boot. A narrow boot is best for racers, speedsters, and more aggressive skiers, whereas a wider boot is best for stable skiers, such as those in the park or thick powder.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

FLEX

The flexibility of a boot. Soft is more forgiving. Tight is more aggressive. And medium is in between the two.

CUFF

The uppermost cuff at the top of the boot that wraps around your leg.

FORWARD LEAN

The angle that your boot forces your leg into. The higher degree of forward lean, the more aggressive your stance. Racing boots often have a high degree of forward lean to increase speed, whereas park boots have a lesser lean for a slower, more stable ride.

CANTING

An adjustment that allows your boots to sit flat on your skis. This process is meant for skiers whose feet do not naturally sit flat on the ground. Canting adjustments ensure that your feet feel natural in your boot, while the sole of the boot sits flat on the ground for maximum contact and an optimal performance.

 

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About The Author

While at the University of Virginia, Nate studied Spanish literature and contemporary philosophy and started for its Division 1 lacrosse team. At 20 years old, he began writing about his experiences attempting the world’s most insane adventures. From backcountry skiing in Patagonia to living in a Brazilian favela and high-altitude ice climbing in the Himalaya, Nate sheds light on parts and cultures of the world that remain widely unknown. He’s been featured on the top-rated travel podcast Extra Pack of Peanuts and has published work in a variety of outdoor publications. Currently Nate works as a freelance writer and explorer and competes for the Israeli National lacrosse team at tournaments around the world. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Nepali and proficient in French and Arabic. This past Spring, Nate became the first ever foreigner to porter in the Himalaya.

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