Ski boots are a a crucial part of the armoury you need to get around any ski resort in good order. In order to reach your potential as a skier, the optimal connection between your skis and boots is a key element. An optimal connection will ensure you’re able to put on you performance on the slope and will boost your confidence and comfort.
The bottom line is that you must have a well-chosen, appropriate and comfortable boot if you are going to enjoy your sport. We explore the best ski boots for 2017-2018 to assist you in making the right decision.
Check underneath the full reviews to see our comparison table.
1. Lange RX (£253.85 – £258.90)
Last: 97 mm and 100 mm (low width and medium width)
Flex: 100, 120 and 130 (mostly for advanced skiers)
What we like: adaptable for mountain or downhill racing
What we don’t: They are expensive
Women’s version: Lange RX 110 W
These boots are for advanced skiers who are looking for top notch performance from their ski boots. Stiff and aggressive enough to respond to small inputs, the boot has been designed in a way that looks to meet the demanding needs of versatile skiers. Its performance from the all mountain capabilities to downhill performance is enhanced by swappable soles, including some that are ideal for hiking. Heavier skiers have the 130 flex option for their use which also comes with a low volume width of 97 mm.
2. Tecnica Mach 1 (£192.61 – £286.03)
Last: 98 mm and 100 mm (narrow width and medium width)
Flex: 90, 100, 120 and 130 (mostly for advanced skiers)
What we like: high quality product that can be customized for maximum comfort
What we don’t: The connection is not as fine as that of Lange RX 120
Women’s version: Tecnica Mach 1 95 W
Their customized design matches the shape of your feet and is a great feature that has become a hallmark of this brand. The quick instep design enables ease of entry. Made from pliable polyester this ensures a precise, comfortable fit. The boot’s shell is equipped with 4 aluminum micro adjustable buckles and a 45 mm power strap. This gives you a stiff feel once you have buckled it. These boots are offered in either low volume of 98mm or medium width of 100mm.
3. Salomon X Pro (£203.72 – £284.33)
Last: 100 mm (medium width)
Flex: 80, 100, 120 and 130 (mostly for intermediate and advanced skiers)
What we like: Impressive heat moldable shell
What we don’t: It lacks maximum stiffness
Women’s version: Salomon X Pro 90 W
The safety features of this boot are unique when compared to other models. The fit you get is about 90 percent and it is comfortable for most skiers. This boot ranked amongst the most customisable that we’ve reviewed this year. This boot can be manipulated in different directions marketing has dubbed this feature the “custom 360 degree boot”. It has a downhill focus and its smooth forward flex and support. Advanced downhillers will enjoy the upgraded flex models of 120 and 130 while more intermediate skiers will likely prefer the 80 and the 100 flex models.
4. K2 Spyne (£256.38 – £307.95)
Last: 100 mm and 102 mm (medium width and wide width)
Flex: 110 and 130 (mostly for intermediate and advanced skiers)
What we like: Combines power and comfort
What we don’t: Not ideal for those with narrow feet
Women’s version: K2 Spyre 100
This is an ideal boot for most resort skiers. Versatility comes from combining the middle of the road width options of 100 mm and 102 mm. Heavier skiers may prefer the 130 flex model which is moderately stiff with powerful turns. It is a relatively new boot in the market having been released in the last couple of years and the comfort level has been enhanced with a quality liner and buckles. It is a unique line of boots having evolved independently from the racing boots and comes with modern features ideal for mountain skiing.
5. Dalbello Panterra I.D. (£135.84 – £204.99)
Last: 100 mm and 102 mm (medium width and variable fit)
Flex: 120 and 130 (mostly for advanced skiers)
What we like: A comfortable liner that supports you well
What we don’t: Made using a fitting technology not ideal for universal use
Women’s version: Dalbello Kyra 95 I.D.
A strong product for mountain skiing having been made with a three piece slick shell. The super stiff lower portion is good for superior power transfer. The upgraded liners are much more comfortable, resistant and light enough for packing. They are designed exactly to your fit so you don’t need to adjust them after you have bought. There is also an extra breathing space due to its four contour technology.
6. Tecnica Cochise (Approx. £248.06)
Last: 99 mm (medium width)
Flex: 90, 100 and 120 (mostly for intermediate skiers)
What we like: It has a considerable range of motion
What we don’t: Soft and light, so may not be ideal for hard chargers
Women’s version: Tecnica Cochise 85
These boots are both customizable and comfortable. They also offers you great value as they come at a very affordable cost. The 99mm model in particular is ideal for those looking for a smoother operation. You can choose the stiffer flex models of 100 and 120 for bombing downhill if that’s more to your tastes. These boots are generally fun, light and versatile to be used by any intermediate skier.
7. Atomic Hawx Prime (£282.00 – £329.55)
Last: 100 mm (medium width)
Flex: 90, 100 and 120 (mostly for advanced skiers)
What we like: High volume fit which is ideal for performance oriented skiers
What we don’t: Very limited options for narrow feet
Women’s version: Atomic Hawx Prime 90
Up there with the best for medium width feet. The high volume fit and adjustable forward lean ensures serious performance during skiing as you can tailor it to your specific angle preferences. Replaceable soles and four strong buckle design make them a good choice if you’re likely to be needing hiking capabilities from your boot. It’s also a very comfortable boot even for hard chargers.
8. Atomic Waymaker (Approx. £248.06)
Last: 101 mm (medium width)
Flex: 100 and 130 (mostly for intermediate and advanced skiers)
What we like: It is light in weight and strong enough for use in the side-country
What we don’t: Not good for narrow feet
Women’s version: Atomic Waymaker 80
This boot manages to incorporate a number of advanced features in a very affordable way and is a good choice for those aspiring to advance their skiing skills without breaking the bank. It has a tight heel pocket to help those who struggle to retain their heels and the build is heavily biased towards the use of stretchable materials. 35 degrees of movement make it a great boot for resort skiing.
9. Rossignol Alltrack (£199.99 – £275.00)
Last: 102 mm (wide width)
Flex: 90, 100 and 120 (mostly for intermediate skiers)
What we like: A great hybrid boot that gives you both downhill and touring capabilities
What we don’t: Its walk mode isn’t as flexible as it could be
Women’s version: Rossignol Alltrack 80
A very popular boot among skiers because of its reliable reputation. This boot is a good option for intermediate skiers who are looking to branch out into mountainous regions. It has a decent, if not luxurious, walk mode function which can be improved further for greater flex and uphill. Undoubtedly a solid boot for lighter skiers and those on short tours. You can also get more flex options for 110 an 130.
10. Salomon Quest Access (Approx. £194.42)
Last: 104 mm (wide width)
Flex: 70, 80 and 90 (mostly for beginners and intermediate skiers)
What we like: The wool hybrid material for the liner makes them winners for warmth
What we don’t: Another boot that isn’t great for narrow feet
Women’s version: Salomon Quest Access 70
This is an ideal boot for beginners and one of the most respected within the skiing industry. Features include a hike switch at the back, a lower and upper cuff unlock for normal walking and schlepping gear. It comes with a simple to operate 3 buckle design and a heat mold-able liner. It can be customized before you embark on your hiking or touring mission. It also has the widest last among all Salomon products and as such should be able to serve you well until you get to the intermediate levels.
In choosing the best ski boots for 2017-2018 you have to look at the various aspects such as flex and last. The size may also be something to consider as the size of the boot may influence your skiing abilities. The more advanced you grow the tighter the boot should be. As you begin you may go for a larger boot to maximize your comfort but as your skills grow you have to balance comfort and performance. The width of the boot will also be a significant consideration in your choice. While by no means a universal truth, we did find that men also tend to go for stiffer boots when compared to women – worth keeping in mind if you’re purchasing boots as a present!