Best Overall Men's Ski Boots
Lange RX 120
Excellent medium volume fit
Great buckle adjustments
Thin tongue on liner
Soft rubber soles wear easily
Lange was the pioneer of plastic alpine ski boots in the early 1960's and they have been a leader in the industry ever since. They continue to produce quality boots today. The Lange RX 120
is a familiar looking boot: it has a very traditional overlapping 4 buckle design that is widely used by the company and the ski industry as a whole. We like its simple design, useful features, and consistent flex. With a responsive, close fit, it scored the highest out of all of the boots we tested in downhill performance.This boot handles skiing groomed terrain with speed and bounces through both off-piste terrain and steep technical terrain with ease. The 100 mm last makes it an approachable fit for average feet and the RX is available in 3 different flex ratings, 100,120, and 130, making the design available to skiers of different tastes, sizes, and abilities. The RX 120 is a repeat Editors' Choice Award winner here at OutdoorGearLab. They continue to impress us and have held up to almost daily use.
Best Bang for the Buck
Rossignol Alltrack 120
Limited range of motion In walk mode
The Rossignol All Track 120
is an affordable boot that is an excellent choice for upper-intermediate skiers looking for a performance oriented boot. We think this is an ideal choice for someone who skis up to twenty days a year and doesn't want to shell out tons of money on his equipment. This is a comfortable boot thanks to its relaxed 102 mm last width, and it scored well in the warmth comparison. Although a backcountry/ski touring boot is a better choice, we like the addition of the walk mode to this boot and its relatively light weight. The Rossignol All Track Series is available in 100 mm last widths and 90-130 flex options.
Top Pick for Sidecountry Versatility
Tecnica Cochise 120
Great mobility in walk ode
Replaceable soles (interchangeable w/alpine touring bindings)
Awkward power strap
The Tecnica Cochise 120
is a fine example of a modern freeride/adventure ski boot. This boot was updated for 2015 introducing different fit characteristics and an all new color scheme. It's stable platform, highly adjustable buckles, and traditional overlap shell/cuff design make it a strong performer inside the resort boundary, while it's lightweight materials, available alpine touring soles, and high-quality walk mode make it a likely candidate to take you outside of the ski area and on short tours. This boot is comfortable without feeling boxy, and is exceptionally warm on long chair lift rides. The heat moldable liner and ease of entry scored extra points for comfort in this performance boot. The Cochise line of boots from Tecnica use a plastic material blend that is lightweight but still stiff enough for pounding laps in-bounds all day. The Cochise is available in 4 different flex ratings; 90, 110, 120, and 130. A good choice for in-bounds skiers who want a slight backcountry bias.